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Lonely Planet’s Travel Blog

Lonely Planet logoIf you like to travel, you probably have several Lonely Planet guidebooks in your personal library. In fact, I just checked my bookshelves and I have a dozen of these guides. Not because they’re the best, but because they’re my preferred source of information when I want to discover a new country. And now, Lonely Planet has just launched its Travel Blog which will be written by 326 professional writers. Come with me and enjoy this trip provided by Lonely Planet as much as I did.

First, when you reach this new blog — launched on November 19, 2006 — you’re greeted by this: “326 Authors, 173 countries, and 400 travel-loving staff. We’re using our network to bring you the best in travel blogging - everything from breaking news and industry insight to incisive analysis of the issues that affect the way we travel today.” And their blogging policy is also pretty straightforward. So, let’s start with two good points for Lonely Planet (LP for the rest of this note).

Now, let’s look at the contents from a quantitative view. Since its launch two weeks ago, 15 articles have been posted on LP’s new blog. And because LP didn’t make a big hoopla about it, there are only 15 comments which have been posted — but you need to register, and many people are reluctant to do it. So this doesn’t mean much so far. Update (December 7, 2006): In fact, you don’t need to register, as an alert reader told me.

Still, as LP blog’s URL is well integrated into LP’s website (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blogs/travel_blog/ to be precise), it’s highly possible that blog search engines have not found it yet. In fact, I’ve discovered LP’s blog through the Jaunted site, a ‘travel guide for globetrotters’ in this short story.

So let’s look now at where the LP’s blog has been in these last two weeks. Bloggers have been writing from various places in Africa, the Americas, Australia, and other places. And the posts carry the same feeling as the books: they’re are personal. In other words, LP scores some other good points here — at least in my opinion.

For example, take a look at this post about Hanoi eateries in Vietnam, and simply named “Unphogettable.”

Vegetarianism is a great thing. But so are gigantic photos of slabs of dead animal… as are delicious noodle soups made from those very same animals. Phans of pho, welcome to chin and tai heaven. The Stickyrice blog is an exhaustive guide to the eateries of Hanoi, Vietnam. While its focus is pho, Stickyrice also covers stand-up snacks, ice-cold coffee and seasonal fruits.

Doesn’t give you the urge to go to Vietnam? And should I say that the LP blog also carries a very nice picture?

As a conclusion, if you enjoy traveling, you should read the Lonely Planet’s Travel Blog and subscribe to its RSS feed. Highly recommended blog!!!

Source: Lonely Planet’s Travel Blog, December 2006

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