Lonely Planet’s new book, “The Best Things in Life are Free, ” is a guide to 884 budget-friendly sights, including Bangkok’s Wat Arun, where a small entrance fee delivers stunning experiences, including enormous towers made of mosaic
flowers and statue-filled gardens. (Photo: Lonely Planet)
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Travel hungry, but pocket poor? Lonely Planet’s new book, “The Best Things in Life Are Free” (Lonely Planet, $23), explores 884 cool, budget-friendly — or outright free — things to do in more than 60 cities, from London to Lima, Lisbon and Los Angeles.
Some of those experiences are strictly seasonal, such as San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival held each October in Golden Gate Park; others are available year-round, including affordable eateries, hidden-gem museums where admission is free — and famous, prestigious museums where admission is free, including Los Angeles’ Broad and the Getty Center.
It’s a 304-page compendium of budget-friendly travel inspiration. Here’s just a sampling to get you started:
Lonely Planet’s new book, “The Best Things in Life are Free, ” is a guide to 884 budget-friendly sights and experiences in more than 60 cities around
the world. (Photo: Lonely Planet)
Berlin’s “Best Things” include 18 incredibly tempting outings, from the East Side Gallery, a free street art exhibit that runs along a stretch of the former Berlin Wall, to free performances by the Berlin Philharmonic. But the one that caught our eye and made us start looking up Lufthansa fares was the Badeschiff — or bathing ship. Head for the Spree River, where the Berliners have turned a river barge into a swimming pool, complete with urban beach club, sunset cocktails and gorgeous views. Admission is 5 euros (roughly $5.60).
Seattle’s Klondike Gold Rush Park
This charming waterfront city offers a dozen free or nearly-free attractions, including, of course, the spectacle of Pike Place Market (always free) and the Seattle Art Museum (free first Thursday of the month). But you’ve probably never checked out the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, the launching point for the great Klondike argonauts of 1897-98. The stories of five prospectors are displayed at this free museum.
Bangkok’s Wat Arun
Some 18 attractions are included in the chapter on Bangkok, from the Amulet Market to Chinatown’s street eats and Wat Arun, where a small entrance fee (50 baht or roughly $1.50) delivers stunning spectacles, including enormous towers made of mosaic flowers and statue-filled gardens.