Articles about countries

Where to find endangered delicacies

One of travel's greatest joys is experiencing different cultures through food. But, paradoxically, the ease of global travel is putting local cuisines at risk. As businesses begin to cater to travellers who expect familiar tastes, less mainstream flavours may drop right off the menu.

The secrets to shopping in Marrakech

I left Marrakech 54 pounds heavier than I had been when I arrived. Somewhere between taking a carriage ride to the city's main square, Djemaa el Fna, and weighing my luggage on the Royal Air Maroc baggage scale, I gave myself s and my bank account s over to Morocco's mysteries, hungry to bring home a bit of the heady sensuality that hangs in its labyrinthine souks.

Around the world in five signature drinks

There is a certain romance to sipping a cocktail in a strange city, and there is no better way to make friends than to buy a round for your fellow travellers. Here are some of the classics and the best places to drink them!

The best cities for an active retirement

Here`s our list of 25 prime places to stay physically fit and engaged with the community.

Where to go in June

Planning to go tripping in June? In an extract from the January 2010 issue of Lonely Planet Magazine, we've got the best places to head for - and the best place to avoid!

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is the highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. Here are 10 countries (in no particular order) that your taste buds will thank you for visiting.

The Most Dangerous Cities In America

Yesterday, the FBI trumpeted the news that violent crime dropped 5.5% in 2010 while reported property crimes fell 2.8% during the depths of the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression. The news, though, is far from positive.

Dine underwater without getting wet

In the Maldives, the all-glass, 12-seat Ithaa restaurant sits 16 feet below sea level, and offers 180-degree views of the stingrays, sharks and snapper fish that swim by.

Japan gets on track with new maglev train

The government is expected to approve a plan for a high-speed magnetic levitation train that will eventually run between Tokyo and Osaka.

A royal honeymoon in the Seychelles

After months of secrecy, the news of where Prince William and Kate would spend their honeymoon finally leaked this week. Sources say the royal newlyweds are currently in the Seychelles for a 10-day trip.

St Petersburg goes back to the future

Achingly beautiful St Petersburg, with its baroque palaces and sweeping broad boulevards, seemed immune from the sweeping tides of change remaking the architectural and cultural character of Moscow.

Daily deal: Six days in the Dominican

A wellness vacation doesn't have to mean rigorous exercise and extreme dieting.

Living in: Vancouver

A shining city of towers and islands, surrounded by beaches and backed by snow-capped mountains, Vancouver is a young city with one ear tuned to the call of the wild and the other to the future.

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, all of these trails offer experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:

Cities that define our time

Cities are chameleonic; their fortunes ebb and flow with the tide of history. Those etched in legend are the ones that have plugged successfully into the zeitgeist of the times and thrown up something culture-defining. Consider Caesar's Rome, Moorish Granada, Gaudi's Barcelona, or Haussmann's Paris.