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Lonely Planet Releases Travel Guides to 38 Cities — For Free

Lonely Planet, the biggest travel guidebook publisher in the world, just made travel a whole lot easier.


Travel just got easier. Lonely Planet, the largest publisher of travel guidebooks in the world, recently launched their new app, called Guides. The free app makes available the same in-depth tips on what to see and eat, and where to stay, shop and let loose, that the company has published since 1972, all in the portability of an iOS or Android phone. In its current state, the app provides guides on 38 cities around the world (with the promise of more coming soon), including well-traveled destinations such as London, New York and Paris, and the lesser-visited cities of Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto and Montreal, each with roughly a thousand entries that include descriptions and relevant travel information. The 38 guides are available for download, allowing you to bring offline maps, city overviews and even budget tips wherever you go. And unlike traditional paper guides, each guide includes a search bar and allows users to view points of interest by proximity to their current location.

We’ve been focusing on travel for the past week, and Guides marks another example of how travel, from transportation to choosing your next outing, has only gotten easier in the digital age. Below are a few highlights from our recent globetrotting coverage.

25 Best Places to Travel in 2016

Travel engages us in the small moments — a conversation with a foreign cabbie, the feeling of breathlessness in high altitude. For 2016, these places are where great adventures will take place, and where travelers will be forever changed. – Gear Patrol

Best Travel Apps to Save Money and Increase Efficiency

When it comes to travel, smart phones are only as useful as we make them. These 17 apps may not be the end-all of travel tools, but they’ve certainly made our own travel easier and better. Consider them a good place to start. – Nick Milanes

Everybody needs help when in a foreign place. And there’s no shame in owning a travel guide. In fact, it’s encouraged. Choose one of the below guidebooks to be the Virgil to your Dante as you feel your way through a new world. – Tucker Bowe

For the seasoned traveler, a carry-on bag needs to hold a few changes of clothes (and maybe an extra pair of shoes), have pockets for mid-journey access and meet the requirements for fitting in an overhead compartment (typically 22 x 14 x 9 inches). Every one of these carry-ons meets these criteria. – Tucker Bowe

The dopp kit is vital for traveling, but it’s also a question mark. How much should you spend on the right toiletry bag? We have the answer. – Henry Phillips

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