A lot of the budget airlines are no longer "budget" when they hit me hard with a surcharge for check-in luggage.
Fortified with the local drop, Steve McKenna tackles the twisting stairways and troubled history of a bona fide beauty.
Julie Miller climbs into the saddle to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of the countryside around a 400-year-old colonial village.
Come over weak-kneed and misty-eyed at the planet's best places to fall in love. From Lonely Planet's new book, 1000 Ultimate Sights, out now.
A place where there is, quite literally, nothing to do. Except take your clothes off and frolic.
THE setting was spellbinding.
Julie Miller traces the story of a nation's most famous lovers through their family homes and revered artworks.
Mexico a land of paradise for some but when you least expect it a surprise sting.
This vast, complex country feels more old than new. Uncharacteristically Western mega-resorts strap beautiful white-sand beaches in Yucatan while surf capital Baja California remains sparsely unpopulated and wildly intriguing. Head to chaotic cities for architectural overload, where pastel-coloured colonial buildings surround shady plazas, and sample delicious tacos from street vendors. Viva Mexico!