The quest to find the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah

In 1847, a 16-member expedition set off from New York for the Holy Land. Led by Lt. William Lynch, they carried with them months of supplies, weapons, two corrugated-steel rowboats and sanction from the U.S. Navy to conduct an expedition down the Jordan River to the Dead Sea.

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Good vibrations in Byron Bay

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', be the first to catch the Australian sunrise, then re-align your chakras on the shores of New South Wales's blissed-out beach retreat