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Lonely Planet The Travel Book 1st Ed.: 1st Edition Paperback – Sep 13 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; Reprint edition (Sept. 13 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741046297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741046298
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 23.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Even the most avid readers of travel guides and travel literature will not have encountered a book quite like this one. It is huge and heavy but reasonably priced, and it is vastly informative, which is its calling card. All the writers who contribute to the Lonely Planet travel guide series have put heads, knowledge, and experience together and come up with an A-Z series of capsule profiles of every country in the world, 230 in number. Each country gets a two-page spread, on which are placed, like luscious dishes set before one at a feast, illustrations that are typical of Lonely Planet's unique, non-picture-postcard brand of shots. The accompanying text presents a cogent rundown of the best experiences for gaining the essence of the place; books to read beforehand; music to listen to before you go; food and drink to consume once you are there; and a few brief but pungent closing comments on the trademark things to do and buy and see and what, ultimately, is the best surprise awaiting the tourist. For borrowers in the travel section to sit down, look at, and make notes from, without taking off the premises. Brad Hooper
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San Francisco Chronicle, November 14, 2004'Lonely Planet's photographs are technically perfect...and with all those images, every reader will find something to admire.'


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This is not a book you read in one sitting from cover to cover, at least that's now how I use it. I like to flip through random pages and getting immersed in the amazing photos and details depicting each country. The authors dedicated two pages, one left and one right, for each country and they listed interesting details like best time to visit, what to read, listen to, eat, and watch, to get a better sense of a country's culture. This isn't a thorough travel guide for each country, but this is enough to give you an idea on what to expect when you visit a nation.

Although it was published in 2005, I still chose to buy this edition since it was cheaper and as I mentioned, I wasn't planning on using it as a travel guide. It was more of a stepping-stone for me to discover each country and their traditions and cultures. It's a beautiful book, definitely worth a buy! It's really big, though, and quite heavy. But it's a great conversation-starter if it's perched on your coffee table.
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I ordered this book, expecting a few nice photographs and maybe an idea or two for my next adventure. What I got was a book with over 400 pages and at least 2400 gorgeous full-coulor pictures. Also included are reading and music reccomendations, specific to each country, maps, ideas for what to do once you are there, and tonnes more. I'm considering buying a few more for like-minded family and friends, as the value is incredible for this massive hard cover coffee-table type of book.
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By A Customer on Dec 20 2005
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This is a fantastic book.
First of all the pictures. WOW. The pictures are so colourful, so bright and typical LP, the people, the landscape. True quality photographs. There is one huge picture for each country then about 5 little ones.
If you like to travel at all you need this book. It is like a little tidbit to all countries of the world, plus dependencies like Anguilla. You get the population, area, map, little general info, surprises, essential experiences and more.
Plus all the information about each country is positive, and you get a look at the country if it was safe to go there. It is genius that you can sit at home and look at every country using one book. I want to travel everywhere and love geography, I am excited I can get to meet each country!
If you dream of traveling, or do travel this is a must book. I cant stop looking at it.
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This is not a small book! - about 10 x 14 inches in size, and each country gets only 2 pages. A few facts, and a half-dozen photos. It is a beautiful book for the armchair traveller and would make a great gift. A tiny, impoverished country in Africa gets the same exposure as, say, Australia. If you want a few quick facts about any country in the world, here it is. A lovely book to look through and keep on your coffee table.
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Certainly, this oversized coffee table book would not make an efficient travel companion - too heavy to cart around and too cursory to provide a comprehensive reference for global travel. "The Travel Book" does, however, provide a staggering visual feast.

The breathtaking images in this awe-inspiring book truly showcase the world's diversity; they cover each of the 230 countries existing today. The accompanying text for each country borders on minimal but the writers have creatively used standard sections: "Best Time to Visit" (time of year and, in some cases, when in history was the best time to be present), "Essential Experiences" (the top five to eight things to do in that country), "Getting Under the Skin" (what to read, listen, watch, eat and drink), "In a Word" (the one word or expression in the country's native tongue that epitomizes its spirit), "Trademarks" (what immediately comes to mind when thinking about the country) and "Surprises" (interesting trivia and arguable observations).

Those with the most intense wanderlust will love pouring through the book, getting a sense of each country's identity.
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Absolutely spectacular photographs! This book is bigger than I expected, and it has more information than I could have hoped for. All the world's countries are presented in alphabetical order with maps, photos, and pertinent information. For each country, the book lists:
-Best time to visit (visit India in November - March when it's cooler)
-Essential experiences (watching King penguins at Volunteer Beach in the Falkland Islands)
-Getting under the skin (drinking Inka Kola, bubble-gum flavoured fizz in Peru)
-In a word (Yokwe yuk - love to you - traditional greeting in the Marshall Islands)
-Trademarks (shipwrecks in the Cayman Islands)
-Surprises (no traffic lights in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu)
This is a fabulous, attention-getting book. We have browsed through it several times, and it has made us want to visit places which we had previously never considered. It is definitely a Wish Book for travel.
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