Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Contribute to Shoestring Issue #3

It's not too late to send your story ideas and contributions to be published in the January issue!

If you have a story idea, whether it's for a feature, My kind of town or a book/gear review, I'd love to hear from you!

Please check the Contributor Guidelines and send your ideas over to editor@shoestring-magazine.com

I'm looking forward to reading your ideas!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Lonely Planet launches Guide to Planet Earth

The Traveller’s Guide to Planet Earth is an exciting new collaboration between travel experts Lonely Planet and award winning BBC documentary Planet Earth.

From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, the hottest deserts to the frozen poles, The Traveller’s Guide to Planet Earth reveals the places you dreamed of visiting after seeing them on the BBC’s landmark series, and shows the reader how they can explore the destinations for themselves.

The book allows readers to experience 50 extraordinary destinations from the BBC’s spectacular documentary. Divided into chapters which correlate with each episode of the popular television series, the book explores the mountains, fresh water, caves, deserts, ice worlds, great plains, jungles, shallow seas, seasonal forests and deep oceans across the planet.

Each chapter includes several locations featured in the series, with the best times to visit and some of the experiences you are likely to encounter. Practical information on how to prepare for your trip, how to get to each destination, what to see while you are there, and fast facts for each destination. The book is full of spectacular images and inspiration from Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler and Planet Earth episode producer Mark Brownlow as both introduce their three favourite locations from the book.Whether it’s hiking the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, standing under the sequoias of California or observing birds of paradise in New Guinea, The Traveller’s Guide to Planet Earth covers a wealth of experiences and locations around the globe.

“Travel is about continually exploring and this book offers a world of wonderful destinations that will inspire and delight even the most experienced traveller. This fantastic book gives readers the opportunity to explore the spectacular wildlife and landscapes from the BBC’s Planet Earth series, teamed with expert knowledge from the Lonely Planet. Both the adventurous traveller and the armchair dreamer will love this stunning book," says Lonely Planet travel editor Tom Hall.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

TrekAmerica wins gold!

Overland tour operator TrekAmerica won gold on Thursday night when they were voted Best Tour Operator to the USA at the British Travel Awards.

But that's not enough for the happy campers. They also bagged the silver trophy for Best Special Interest / Adventure Tour Operator.

To experience first hand what the fuss is all about visit their website at www.trekamerica.com

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Bangless Fireworks

Like bonfire night and all the fireworks but not the loud noises?

Then head down to Bristol Zoo (but get tickets in advance!) tomorrow between 4pm and 5.30pm! They're putting on a silent fireworks extravaganza so that the animals won't be upset or scared. There will be a bonfire and all kinds of seasonal fun as well!