Take a stroll along the scenic Nakasendo Trail in this month’s blog round-up © Milosz Maslanka / Shutterstock Spectacularly shedding its reputation as something of a sleepy month, this February bombarded us with tales of adventure from the globetrotting Pathfinders community. Thanks to them, we’ve vicariously walked ancient trails in Japan, relived epic battles in Scotland and even searched for erotic artwork in Pompeii. Selecting our favourite posts is never easy, but here are our top five from February. Three days of debauchery at the Aalst Carnaval – Lorelei Frey A little-known carnival featuring monstrous, satirical effigies of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un? Count us in. Lorelei’s report on Belgium’s Aalst Carnaval strikes a balance between humour and respect, noting the frivolity
There is barely a rolling vista or bustling cityscape that our Pathfinders didn’t manage to picture in February, snapping everything from cobbled city backstreets to mountain monasteries. Beautifully framed and expertly shot, here are the Instagrams that gave us severe wanderlust last month. Riga, Latvia A post shared by Yulia Denisyuk (@insearchofperfect) on Feb 1, 2018 at 6:46pm PST ‘Dusk in Riga’s old town is a special time, because of the warm yellow light used on the streets and in the office buildings to brighten up the gloomy, Nordic atmosphere. This yellow light somehow adds a bit of magic to everything it touches. I saw a woman walk down one of Riga’s tiny, cobble-stoned streets and for a moment, I became a child again in a Scandinavian fairytale I u...
New year, new travel experiences! Our intrepid Pathfinders have kicked off 2018 with a host of incredible snapshots, framing everything from the world’s busiest beaches to its most serene landscapes with their well-honed photography skills. Here are the five Instagram posts that stole the show this month… Queulat National Park, Chile A post shared by Javi Lorbada | Spain <img src="http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72x72/1f1ea-1f1f8.png" alt="" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> (@javilorbada) on Jan 21, 2018 at 10:03am PST ‘Morning strolls in Chile are a must – those moments where you can enjoy the foggy, peaceful landscapes of this unique area of our world.’ – Javi, @javilorbada Why we like it: Chile is home to some
This month’s blog round up includes a post on Penang’s street food scene with an innovative twist © Carlina Teteris / Getty Images The beginning of a new year is a time for both reflection and preparation, and this month’s blog post submissions from our Pathfinders left us with a lot to think about. We’ve been wowed by offbeat wildlife encounters in Mexico, humbled by the sight of mighty eagle-assisted hunters in Kyrgyzstan and left pondering over current issues pervading the online travelsphere. Though it was a tough task to narrow down our favourites, here’s our pick of travel blog posts from our Pathfinder community in January. The Monarchs of Macheros, Mexico – Jessie Stringfield It’s always refreshing to read a travel yarn that manages to completely capture the imagination
Dallol Lake found in Danakil depression, Ethiopia ©Einat Klein Photography / Shutterstock Every month, we curate the best blog posts and Instagrams from our Lonely Planet Pathfinders. This month we’re featuring a video by Hanna and Zach from Handzaround who have captured stunning footage of Africa’s diverse landscapes. ‘Africa’s Afar Triangle is famous for the Danakil Depression, Erta Ale Volcano, Salt Lake Assale and Dallol. The temperatures and altitudes in this part of the world are some of the planet’s most extreme. We trekked to the volcano and spent four days exploring the Danakil Depression. The temperatures were unbearable and the whole trip was a challenge, but the landscapes were out of this world.’ Afar Triangle – Handzaround Hanna and Zach’s video perfectly captures the magic
Could you cycle around Taiwan in 60 days? © NH / Shutterstock Befitting the festive season, our Pathfinders gifted us a wealth of exciting and insightful blog posts to keep our wanderlust topped up throughout December. We’ve marvelled over mystical mud statues in Kolkata and salivated at the sight of Posta Negra in Colombia, with a quick sojourn to Syria for good measure. Though it was tough to pick our favourites, here’s a selection of our top travel tales submitted by our globetrotting Pathfinders in December. The mud statues of Kolkata – Crystal Egan Well structured with strong accompanying imagery, Crystal’s profile on the mud statue workshops of Kolkata is an engaging read thanks to her decision to delve into a subject that may appear somewhat unsophisticated, but ultimately is
Our snap-happy Pathfinders definitely went out with a bang in 2017, sharing beautiful frames of snow-dusted mountain tops, glistening lake shores and world-famous monuments to name just a few. Here’s the best of the bunch from December. Brittany, France A post shared by Raphael Rychetsky (@raphael.fyi) on Dec 17, 2017 at 1:52am PST ‘A very iconic landmark and amazing photo spot. The zigzag path creates perfect leading lines. A storm was coming in, so the sea got very rough and wild, and the sky darker and darker.’ – Raphael, @raphael.fyi Why we like it: Just as Raphael points out, the sweeping lines and angles of Phare du Petit Minou‘s walkway here draw the eye to the main event – the lighthouse itself, which is positioned perfectly in the centre of the frame.
Mt Kilimanjaro from Amboseli in Kenya © 1001slide / Getty Images Every month, we curate the best blog posts and Instagrams from our Lonely Planet Pathfinders. This month we’re featuring a video from Oksana and Max of Drink Tea & Travel who have encapsulated their challenging climb of Mount Kilimanjaro into a short but exciting four-minute video. ‘Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro was by far the biggest mental and physical challenge we have ever undertaken on our travels. This video allows you to get a glimpse into our journey to the Roof of Africa and inspire you to put this incredible experience on your own travel bucket list!’ Climbing Kilimanjaro — Drink Tea & Travel Featuring awe-inspiring footage of the varied landscapes they encountered and portrait shots of the friendly faces they