The-Best-Things-in-Life-Are-Free-1-ref-TopDownThere are many reasons why people don’t travel: fear of flying, packing anxiety, the inability to decipher simple road signs in Chinese. The list goes on. But one of the biggest issues holding people back from satisfying their wanderlust is one simple factor: money. Lonely Planet (#LP) has dedicated these pages to unearthing the world’s hidden treasures, keeping things free and cheap in as many places as possible. Before you hit the road, you’ll need to take The Best Things in Life are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Guide (Lonely Planet, August 9, 2016) with you.

My particularly favorite sections are:

Free Music

When traveling, I always look for live music and entertainment. Try the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, open mic night in Prague, free concerts at Berklee College of Music in Boston, The More London Free Festival on the South Bank of the River Thames or enjoy jazz at the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

Europe’s Best Free Walking Tours

A guided city stroll is always nice, especially among impressive sites such as Gaudi’s Palau Guell, the Georgian city of Bath, German street art or the Trevi Fountain. Take advantage of the sights of ancient cities without spending a single dollar.

Massages on the Cheap

Massage is a large part of the culture in Bangkok. The Best Things in Life are Free gives you a dazzling peek inside a Thai temple which is also home to a famous Thai massage and traditional Thai medicine school. Enjoy a 30-minute massage from a monastery-trained masseuse at the temple for a very low price.

But wait! That’s not all. Lonely Planet has also released two other goodies: a pocket-sized visual compendium for globetrotters and a tiny guide focused on the art of packing.


Just Point: A Visual Dictionary for the Discerning Globetrotter (Lonely Planet, July 19, 2016) is a card deck where expressing yourself is easy, no matter where you are in the world. The deck includes 40 cards with close to 500 icons for food, drink, fashion, accommodations and sightseeing. This guide also makes it a snap to communicate with locals by using these simple cards, thanks to the use of icons instead of traditional text in specific languages. Our favorite parts include “Medical Emergencies” (very important!) “Nightlife” and “Tomorrow’s Weather.” Pick up a copy today, you’ll see what I mean!


How to Pack for any Trip (Lonely Planet, July 19, 2016)

I have to say this is my favorite book out of the entire bunch! There is definitely an art and science to packing. I learned from some of the greats — my mother and grandmother — and they really gave me some wonderful advice when it came to packing lightly, efficiently and quickly.

Key Takeaways:

  • Make use of clever items for your packing kit like vacuum bags, noise-cancelling headphones, sun-powered electric sockets and more.
  • Pack ‘appy: How to Pack for any Trip suggests three apps that almost do the packing for you. There’s the Travel List, a minimalist approach which helps you plan your packing lists, tick off items and you can even customize the app to give you much needed alerts and reminders. Triplist is another, which caters to more than just pleasure travel; it hits on business, pleasure, beach or city. Lastly, Packing Pro organizes all of your essentials by category, then checks them off as you go. This is perfect for frequent travelers or those with large families and extra packing!


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