Features // Lottie Gross

Win a walking holiday for two in Tuscany
Win a walking holiday for two in Tuscany

We’re giving away a walking holiday in Tuscany for two in our latest competition with FrancigenaWays.com. If you’re dreaming of olive groves, vineyards and quaint little hill-towns, this is the trip for you. Tuscany is in many ways the essence of Italy – and there are few better ways to explore the region than on foot. The…

Quiz: are these really Australian place names?
Quiz: are these really Australian place names?

From Uluru to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has many wonders. But some of the country’s most unbelievable highlights are its weird and wonderful place names. Doo Town and Tittybong might sound downright ridiculous, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Do you think you can tell real place names from ones we’ve made up? Take the quiz to find…

7 things you probably didn’t know about Senegal
7 things you probably didn’t know about Senegal

Say Senegal or mention West Africa and misinformed mutterings of ebola start to spread quicker than the virus itself. Sitting on the western shoulder of Africa, Senegal is frequently overlooked by travellers – but for little good reason. While the excellent birding and beaching in The Gambia – the country that slices Senegal’s coastline in two…

Poll: would you wear this to save suitcase space?
Poll: would you wear this to save suitcase space?

We’ve all done it: put on a few extra layers to save space in our hand luggage or worn hiking boots to the airport so we didn’t have to pack them in our carry-on bags. But how desperate are you to take that extra outfit on your next trip? With tight budget airline hand baggage restrictions,…

Outstanding travel photography: our favourite images from Picfair
Outstanding travel photography: our favourite images from Picfair

We’ve been fans of Picfair from the beginning: a place where amateur and professional photographers alike can sell images at their chosen price, it’s great for snap-happy travellers – whether you’re just lucky behind the lens or an aspiring travel photographer. Reflecting on their last year, founder Benji Lanyado said: “[This year] we passed one…

20 incredible pictures from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards 2015
20 incredible pictures from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards 2015

Every year the Travel Photographer of the Year awards get thousands of submissions from around the world, from budding travel photographers to professionals, for the most prestigious accolades in the industry. This year’s best entrants have been selected and the winners chosen, and all are on display at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Here’s our pick of…

Win the ultimate camping accessory kit from Bear & Bear
Win the ultimate camping accessory kit from Bear & Bear

This competition is now closed. We’re giving away an incredible bundle of camping gear from online boutique Bear & Bear. So you’ve got your tent, poles and pegs and you’re ready to set up camp – but that’s just the Bear (& Bear) essentials… Next you need sleeping bags, torches, picnic blankets and more. So this is…

Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above
Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it’s even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird’s-eye view – and it’s awesome. From White Beach on Boracay to the little town of El Nido, Frédéric Bussière’s drone camera captures the stunning scenery of this southeast-Asian archipelago. As…

The best photography on Picfair: patterns
The best photography on Picfair: patterns

Every month we round up some of the best travel photography on image-selling website Picfair, and this month we’ve chosen to look at patterns. Below are 20 of the most striking pictures of patterns from all over the world, from Portugal to the USA.  The Bull Ring, Birmingham, England Bull ring by Allan Marshall /…

Quiz: how serious is your travel bug?
Quiz: how serious is your travel bug?

Are your feet a little bit itchy or has your travel bug rendered you completely incapable of getting on with everyday life? If you relate to any of these feelings, you might be in serious trouble… But don’t worry, you can do a self-diagnosis using this simple test. Answer these questions to find out how…

Win €1000 to spend on a villa in France, Italy or Morocco
Win €1000 to spend on a villa in France, Italy or Morocco

This competition is now closed. We’re giving away €1000 of Quality Villas vouchers so you can retreat to a gorgeous holiday home in France, Italy or Morocco on us. It’s always nice to have a home away from home when you’re on holiday. Flexible breakfast times, quiet nights in and lazy days by a private pool:…

1650km of Vietnam in 3 minutes of stunning videography
1650km of Vietnam in 3 minutes of stunning videography

If a trip to Vietnam is on your bucket list, you might want to look away now. This video will definitely give you wanderlust. Filmmaker Oliver Atrologo spent two weeks travelling around Vietnam earlier this year and captured the whole trip on camera. He travelled 1650km, from the karst rock formations of Ha Long Bay in the north,…

Quiz: can you name the airport from its code?
Quiz: can you name the airport from its code?

This is among the geekiest quizzes we’ve devised, but we’re unashamedly fascinated by airport codes and their stories. So, how much of a travel nerd are you? Let us know your score once you’ve taken the quiz below…

4 minutes of wonder: Western Australia on film
4 minutes of wonder: Western Australia on film

Australia‘s west coast gets a whole lot less love from travellers than its eastern shores, but by no means is it less beautiful. In this film, made from 10,000 photographs, you can explore some of Western Australia‘s most gorgeous scenery, from Nambung National Park and Ningaloo Reef to Coral Bay and the Kennedy Range. The film’s…

You can now travel by dragon in Wales
You can now travel by dragon in Wales

Who wants to drive for hours on winding Welsh roads, or take one of those tiny local stopping trains, when you could hop on the back of a dragon and make the journey between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons in just 32 minutes? No, the Queen of Dragons from Game of Thrones hasn’t taken over Wales (although we’re…

A pilot reveals his top 5 views from the cockpit
A pilot reveals his top 5 views from the cockpit

Having clocked hundreds of thousands of miles in the skies, Mark Vanhoenacker is convinced being a pilot is the best job in the world.  “I like the connections airplanes can make. We can go see our landscapes and cultural heritage all across the world. We can hear languages and birds in the environments we evolved…

3 years, 15 countries, 6286 photographs
3 years, 15 countries, 6286 photographs

Photographer Kien Lam spent three years travelling to fifteen different countries to create his second compelling collection of time-lapses. Eighty thousand miles and over six thousand photographs later he released this film, Time and Again, our pick of the week. “On their own, every place has a story and together they make up a glimpse of my travels across our planet”, he says. In…

Is this gadget the ultimate cure for jet lag?
Is this gadget the ultimate cure for jet lag?

Jet lag. We’ve all had it, we all hate it, and yet we’re all none the wiser on how to get rid of it. But now there’s a new way alleviate that 3pm slump after a long flight – apparently. The latest in wearable technology is the crowd-funded Ayo, a “light-based, energy-boosting” pair of glasses.…

The best of Picfair: stunning landscapes
The best of Picfair: stunning landscapes

Every month we round up the best images from photography-sharing website Picfair. This month, we’ve looked at the varied landscapes and vistas captured by Picfair’s photographers from around the world. From the mountains of Tibet to the plains of Lesotho, here are 22 stunning examples of landscape photography. Next month’s theme is ‘patterns’, so head…

Is this drone the coolest camera on the market?
Is this drone the coolest camera on the market?

First there was the GoPro revolution, giving adrenaline-junkies and wannabe filmmakers alike the chance to document their daily trials and travels, then came the drones that let us teeter over the edge of Niagara Falls and delve into volcanos. Now there’s a new filming phenomenon: the Lily Camera. Launched earlier this month, this super-easy-to-use, compact…

Film-maker perfectly captures spring in Philadelphia
Film-maker perfectly captures spring in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of America’s unsung heroes. The one-time capital is too often overlooked in favour of its big-shot neighbours, Washington DC and New York City. But if you take some time to explore, you’ll discover a city that lives and breathes beautiful art, great music and delicious food. Our pick of the week, this…

Stunning time-lapse video captures grandeur of the USA
Stunning time-lapse video captures grandeur of the USA

Time-lapse photography was once almost exclusive to BBC nature documentaries, but since the advent of YouTube and Vimeo it has blown our minds every day. Film-makers have allowed us to see the northern lights dance across the sky; they’ve let us watch waves rise and fall on the sandy shores of Hawaii; and they’ve bowled us…

Stunning video shows why you should travel at home
Stunning video shows why you should travel at home

In this week’s featured video “adventure is on our doorstep” is the message from Sebastian Linda from Saxony, Germany. “We travel to far away places because we expect holidays, recovery, adventure and new experiences. But is that always necessary?”, he asks. In this visual tour of his home state, Sebastian explores it all from the city of…

The best photography on Picfair: festivals
The best photography on Picfair: festivals

With so many different religions, cultures and traditions around the world, on any given day there are a multitude of exciting celebrations. This month we’ve rounded up the pictures that capture them best. From image-sharing website Picfair here are fifteen shots covering everything from a torch-lit procession in Sri Lanka to a music festival in England. Next month’s theme is landscape, so upload your…

One guy’s round the world video will inspire you to move
One guy’s round the world video will inspire you to move

Every week we scour the internet for stunning travel videos and highlight one of our favourites. This round the world one-minute-wonder Move by Rick Mereki is giving us itchy feet this week, as he and his two companions travel 38,000 miles across eleven different countries. As actor Andrew Lees strolls casually towards the camera, we’re transported from Paris…

A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo
A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

Because robot restaurants and themed cafés aren’t enough: Tokyo is now home to a Godzilla-themed hotel. Towering thirty storeys above Shinjuku in the Japanese capital, the Gracery Hotel revealed a new permanent resident last Friday – an enormous Godzilla head that menacingly overlooks the streets below. In a bid to cash in on the Godzilla hype…

Going unplugged: 4 things we learned on a digital detox
Going unplugged: 4 things we learned on a digital detox

Forget about high-tech travel, a new trend sees tourists forgo internet access, phones and gadgets. After a weekend spent shunning all-things digital in Somerset, Lottie Gross shares what she learned about life and travel on her first (and hopefully not last) digital detox. I’m a self-confessed digital-druggie, digitally distracted for 17 hours a day. Every waking…

Video of the week: Vive le Maroc
Video of the week: Vive le Maroc

YouTube and Vimeo are a treasure trove of stunning travel video. From round-the-world epics to underwater exploration, you can visit almost anywhere in the world at the click of a button. Each week, we’re going to highlight one of our favourite videos from the moving image ether. First up, we’ve been whisked away to Morocco…

The best of Picfair: transport
The best of Picfair: transport

Every month we put together a selection of our favourite travel photos from image sharing site Picfair. This month we’ve chosen twenty pictures of transport around the world. Next month’s theme is festivals, so for a chance to have your images featured on Rough Guides, upload to Picfair and tag your images with RGfestivals. A taxi in…

The one Magna Carta exhibition you need to see this year
The one Magna Carta exhibition you need to see this year

This feature is brought to you by the Magna Carta – indirectly, at least. 2015 marks 800 years since the signing of the first Magna Carta (Great Charter) in Runnymede, England. While it was retracted and reinstated by various monarchs a number of times in the following years, the document has become an international icon of…

The hardest travel quiz you’ll ever take
The hardest travel quiz you’ll ever take

Reckon you’re a travel buff? Think you know a bit about the world? We’ve sought out some fiendishly tricky travel trivia – from little-known facts to downright strange statistics – to put you to the test. We think this will be the hardest travel quiz you’ll ever take. Give it a try below.

Derby: the unsung hero of the Midlands
Derby: the unsung hero of the Midlands

Lottie Gross puts her preconceptions aside and discovers why Derby might be one of the UK’s most misjudged cities. When I told my friends I was planning a trip to Derby I got one of two reactions: mocking laughter, or looks of utter confusion. I have to admit, it’s never even been a consideration on…

In pictures: Holi Festival 2015
In pictures: Holi Festival 2015

Last week saw India celebrate Holi Festival, one of the most well known and colourful festivals in the annual Hindu calendar. Powdered paint of all colours was hurled between friends, families and worshippers across the country as they celebrated the beginning of spring. We’ve scoured GettyImages for the best shots to show you Holi Festival 2015 in pictures. View image…

The best photography on Picfair: adventure
The best photography on Picfair: adventure

Every month we choose the best travel photography on image selling platform Picfair. This month’s theme was adventure, and below are 17 of the most adventurous images we could get our hands on. The theme for April will be transport, so to be in with a chance of having one of your images licensed by…

Quiz: which famous explorer are you?
Quiz: which famous explorer are you?

Do you love to take to the open road with nothing but a backpack and your best walking shoes? Or perhaps you’re more of an extreme-adventurer, seeking steep mountain slopes to climb and harsh climates to traverse? Hundreds of great explorers have travelled the world in pursuit of new lands and new discoveries, or to inspire others…

How many of these funny place names are real?
How many of these funny place names are real?

Do you know your Bottom Flash from your Cock Alley? Have you ever taken a trip down Fanny Hands Lane? The UK has a plethora of rude, silly, strange and downright funny places names. You might not believe it, but Shingay cum Wendy is a real parish in the county of Cambridgeshire, and the village of…

Why Reykjavík makes the perfect weekend break
Why Reykjavík makes the perfect weekend break

Iceland might not be the first place that springs to mind when you’re planning a weekend away. The obvious cities like Paris, Berlin or Budapest would probably occur to you well before Reykjavík becomes an option. But after a four-night jaunt across some of Iceland’s impressive landscapes, including the Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula, Lottie…

The best photography on Picfair: romance
The best photography on Picfair: romance

Every month we round up some of our favourite travel photography from image selling platform Picfair, and this month we’re looking at romance around the world. Below are 16 of our favourite romantic images from Picfair’s best photographers. Next month’s theme is adventure, so head to Picfair, upload your images and tag them with RGadventure…

Win a cycling trip for two along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Win a cycling trip for two along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. With hundreds of scenic roads and tracks ripe for exploring, there’s no better way to see the Irish countryside than on two wheels. Enter this competition and you could be the lucky winner of an IrelandWays.com cycling trip for two… We’re giving one lucky pair the chance to cycle one of…

An edible exploration: east London in 5 foods
An edible exploration: east London in 5 foods

It’s not the most attractive area of London, but Shoreditch is  a compelling district. Once famous for its turbulent history of crime and immigration, today this corner of London’s East End has been enlivened by an ever-expanding street art scene, a cluster of Sunday markets and an influx of hipsters toting handlebar moustaches and double…

Win an expedition for two to the Arctic
Win an expedition for two to the Arctic

This competition is now closed. Always fancied yourself as a bit of an explorer? Ever wondered what it’s like to set foot on one of the Earth’s polar regions? Well now it could be possible, as we’re giving away an Arctic expedition with One Ocean Expeditions… Enter this competition and you could win a cruise…

The best photography on Picfair: winter
The best photography on Picfair: winter

Winter is officially upon us in the northern hemisphere, so what better way to embrace the season than a round up of Picfair‘s best wintery images? This month’s pick of the best photography on Picfair includes snowy slopes and frozen leaves aplenty. Next month’s theme is romance, so for a chance to have your images featured…

10 free travel apps you need in 2015
10 free travel apps you need in 2015

From budgeting tools to great camera apps, these are the ten essential travel apps you need to download in 2015. CityMapper The one essential app you absolutely need when visiting a new city: CityMapper will save your life. Okay, so that’s a little dramatic, but if getting to grips with a new subway system, bus…

On video: the Rough Guide to 2015
On video: the Rough Guide to 2015

Wondering where to travel in 2015? We’ve got a comprehensive guide to the top cities, countries and best-value destinations for the next twelve months. Watch the trailer below for a quick teaser, and read the full Rough Guide to 2015 here. Subscribe to the Rough Guides YouTube Channel for more inspirational travel videos > 

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