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