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    How to live like a Local in Abu Dhabi

    Lonely Planet Local Lindsey Parry has been living in Abu Dhabi for more than five years, amongst its welcoming community and wealth of historical charms. It can take a while to get under the skin of Abu Dhabi, but after exploring for this long, she holds the city dear. Abu Dhabi spreads along the Gulf coast, meaning that the skyscrapers nearly touch the sand © Aleksander Karpenko / Shutterstock I have one kid… who can’t get enough of the beach. Abu Dhabi has some fabulous beaches, but the best has to be Saadiyat Beach. With long stretches of white sand and clear blue sea, it’s just like being on holiday, except we’re lucky enough to…

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    Best free things to do in Brisbane

    Brisbane is an outdoorsy city year-round. While denizens of the southern metropolises cower inside during the winter months, daytime temperatures in Queensland’s capital rarely dip below 20°C. And in Brisbane the best kind of fun is often found outdoors and free. From exceptional markets to lush tropical gardens, Brisbane has you covered without breaking your wallet. Free art, swimming and meandering South Bank is the riverside real estate opposite Brisbane’s city centre. Here you can take in a band while watching the sun set, frolic at the cute (if crowded) Streets Beach, or window shop at boutiques along Little Stanley Street. Don’t miss the Arbour, a bougainvillea-laden awning that snakes through…

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    Best day trips from Kolkata

    While Kolkata promises some of the most cosmopolitan experiences that India has to offer, the surrounding countryside also has a few aces up its sleeve. If you’re passing through the metropolis and have a few days to spare, you can take your pick from vibrant cultural hubs, scenic beaches, fascinating colonial history and nature reserves teeming with wildlife in the waterlogged Sunderbans delta. Whichever you pick, you’ll appreciate Kolkata all the more after dipping into its rural heartland. The snaking watercourses of the Sunderbans delta, viewed from space © UniversalImagesGroup / Getty Images Find poetry and peace at Shantiniketan A gentle, tree-shaded town in the heart of pastoral Bengal, cultured Shantiniketan (…

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    Touring Tokyo on the Yamanote Line

    Tokyoites often say that the best way to get to know their city is to travel station by station around the Yamanote Line, the city’s iconic elevated loop line, running since 1925. The route includes well-known neighbourhoods like Shinjuku, Ueno, Akihabara and Shibuya, but also local spots that few outsiders visit. Examined up close, Tokyo is dramatically different north to south, east to west and even from station to station. Make the rounds of all 29 stations on the Yamanote Line and Tokyo appears less like a cohesive city than a collection of self-contained towns. A complete loop takes roughly an hour; work in a handful of stops, and it’s…

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    Explore the civilized side of Southern Utah

    Southern Utah’s otherworldly landscapes draw visitors from around the world, but this unique setting has also drawn pioneering artisans who create food, art and oases of hospitality. Bookend your adventurous days here with a wealth of refined dining, cultural experiences and beautifully curated spaces to pause, reflect and refresh. St George © Jason Cameron / Getty Getting your bearings in Southern Utah Southern Utah is a large region generally thought of as everything south of Interstate 70. This rectangle is divided into three distinct areas by the topography of mountains, mesas and canyons: Southeastern Utah (including Moab and Bluff), Southwestern Utah (St. George and Springdale) and Central (Boulder, Escalante, Kanab). All are fanned out…

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    Mozambique: a tale of two capitals

    With a spectacular Indian Ocean shoreline stretching nearly 2500km, Mozambique entices travellers with jade seas, palm-fringed beaches and desert islands. The country’s two coastal capitals are beguiling too – and hugely contrasting: the former capital a tiny, enigmatic island steeped in colonial slave-trade history; the modern one a glitzy, vibrant city and the birthplace of Mozambique’s liberation. Mozambique Island in the north ruled as Portuguese East Africa’s capital for nearly 400 years before relinquishing its status to Lourenço Marques deep in the south in the late 19th century. Now known as Maputo, the new capital became the epicentre of Mozambique’s struggle for independence. Together, the island and the city tell the story of…

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    Safe places to visit in Mexico now

    ‘Is it safe to go to Mexico?’ We hear that question constantly, and the answer is always yes, if you know where to go and do your research. The grisly drug-related murders that make the headlines usually happen far from where the majority of travelers to the country visit, and yet many potential visitors are still avoiding the country. Before brushing a Mexico trip aside though, consider these favorite places of ours to visit (there are dozens of other candidates), in terms of travel appeal and safety record. None are on the US State Department’s warning list. Beguiling, boisterous and absolutely beautiful, Mexico City is a not-so-hidden gem perfect for…

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    Nairobi’s 10 best independent cafes

    Nairobi’s cafe culture has taken off in a big way, with visitors now being able to pick from a plethora of trendy cafes, each home to bold decor and menus to match. Whether you’re craving a cappuccino or simply want to sit back and watch the world go by, here are Nairobi’s 10 best independent cafes. The Tin Roof Cafe is located in The Souk, which is home to various boutiques and an art gallery © Clementine Logan / Lonely Planet Tin Roof Cafe The little Tin Roof Cafe is one of Karen’s best-loved cafes. The generous (and fresh) Ottolenghi salad bar is a favourite with customers, as is their poached eggs…