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Top 10 countries to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011.

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A shopping arcade in Odessa.

Black Sea change

The Mediterranean's poor relation surprises Sara Macefield with its scenery and excellent shore excursions.

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Young woman jumping at Flamengo Beach.

How to have the best trip ever

There's a lot you can do to make a good trip a great one - and squeeze every last drop of fun out of your hard-earned time off.

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Your questions

With the EU Schengen Convention in place, is there a way we can holiday in Europe for six months straight?

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Sofia, so good

Bulgaria's capital is a little-known gem, writes Gregory Dicum.

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