Counterintuitive Travel Tip #1: The Bad Part of Town

by Zora O'Neill on October 18, 2012

Guidebook writing has been my bread and butter for a decade, but a lot of what I’ve learned about how to travel–how to ensure a good trip, or salvage a seemingly bad one–has no place in a guide. This is my collected wisdom (or at least the contrarian part of it). It’s looking like I’ve […]


Lonely Planet Amsterdam Guide Giveaway

by Zora O'Neill on February 10, 2011

Guys! I just looked on my bookshelf, and I see I have two perfectly good copies of my newest guidebook, Lonely Planet’s Amsterdam Encounter, just sitting there looking up at me with big puppy-dog eyes. Those “take me on a trip and love me” puppy-dog eyes. So I’m giving them away to two lucky winners, […]


Top 10 Reasons Not to Complain about 2010

by Zora O'Neill on December 31, 2010

A lot of people say, “Wow, Zora—you have so much going on! Food! Travel! Your job is so fabulous!” It’s true–there’s a little fabulousness. But what’s really going on is the plight of all freelancers: Every week, I try 80 different things. If I’m lucky, one of them sticks maybe once a month. Because the […]


I had one solid day of fantastic sonic stimulation, documented below, but there were many other days full of surprises. Amsterdam is great for this kind of thing–everywhere you turn, it seems, someone is pulling some odd stunt or staging an experimental something or showing off his/her lifelong obsession. It’s the kind of vibe that […]

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