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If only I had…

Whether it’s an ill-advised hotel choice, hiring an inept tour guide or trying month-old ‘freshly caught oysters’, one poor decision can ruin a great destination for you. We’ve asked Lonely Planet staff to relive their travel woes, and what they’d do differently if they went back for another go.


James Kay Editor of

I signed up for a riding tour of the countryside near Copán Ruinas against my better judgement: I distrust horses. asked for a nag, a plodder, a laggard – the slower the better. Alas, my meek-looking pinto bolted within minutes of me clambering onto its back.

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