A lot has been happening Down Under in the past few weeks. Pope Benedict XVI soaked up the Australian sun (hopefully with a little SPF) during a ten-day tour, and travel giant Lonely Planet has branched out beyond its guidebooks. In 2009, LP plans to open its first retail store in the Sydney Airport. According to LP, "The store will also feature new media systems such as online interactive portals showcasing Lonely Planet’s digital content, and staff will have specialist travel knowledge—taking the store beyond a typical retail experience and providing an information hub for travellers."
In case you can't wait 'til 2009 to get your LP fix, the company also just announced its new Audio Phrasebook series, available for sale at the Apple App Store. The phrasebooks (available in ten languages) will have some 600 phrases and will work on both the iTouch and iPhone. They sell for $9.99 each.
And, if you're one of the lucky few who are proud owners of the new iPhone 3G AND happen to want to brush up on your Mandarin for the Beijing Olympics, Mandarin phrasebooks are free until August 24.
Photo courtesy Lonely Planet Publications