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"This photo-driven global destination guide will have you eager to pack your bags every season...Lake Como in the spring, Provence in summer, Thailand in the fall, the Bahamas in winter. They all sound dreamy from where we're sitting." --USA Today

"If "Four Seasons of Travel" doesn't give you wanderlust, see a doctor immediately; you're probably half dead. National Geographic's look at destinations worldwide is a symphony in four parts: winter, spring, summer and fall...Even the most experienced travelers will find fresh travel ideas in this vivid exploration of the best destinations on the planet." --Los Angeles Times

"It seems as though every year, in time for the holiday season, National Geographic releases at least one tempting, beautiful coffee book...Suggestions span every taste and every part of the world. The book also includes a collection of Top 10 lists, a calendar of events and commentary from such luminaries as Cokie Roberts, Christopher Buckley and Alec Baldwin (really!)." --Washington Post

"For the armchair traveler or the vacation planner." --AP Travel

"It will get you off the couch and on the road, no matter the weather." --ForeWord Reviews

"All in all, it’s a delightful book to dream on, filled with inspirational photos and just-long-enough text to tickle the old wanderlust bone. If you have an avid traveler in your family, this could well be the perfect holiday gift for them." --Frommers.com

“It seems as though every year, in time for the holiday season, National Geographic releases at least one tempting, beautiful coffee book. And every year, we bite. This year’s offering: Four Seasons of Travel. Suggestions span every taste and every part of the world. The book also includes a collection of Top 10 lists, a calendar of events and commentary from such luminaries as Cokie Roberts, Christopher Buckley and Alec Baldwin (really!). –The Washington Post

"This look into the world shares how to be at the right place at the right time for vacationing at more than 400 locations across the United States and around the globe." --Deseret News

“Who better to produce a travel-related coffee-table book than National Geographic? … The writing is informative, but it mostly serves to provide a spacer between the almost uniformly striking photography.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"Presented with National Geographic’s characteristically stylish and high quality reproduction, this book sets out to whet aspirational travellers’ appetites to visit the most beautiful, historic and inspiring places around the world...each season has enticing offerings, accompanied by sumptuous and evocative photography...comprehensive but retains a light touch, making reading the book from cover to cover a pleasure. While this thoughtfully compiled volume will inspire many a trip, whether for dreaming or serious planning, this book is a versatile, beautiful acquisition for the avid photographer or traveller." --Outdoor Photography

About the Author

ANDREW EVANS is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler as well as National Geographic's Digital Nomad. In addition to writing for the magazine, he travels the globe, creating interactive travel experiences for readers using the internet, digital mapping, and social media.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426211678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426211676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sunday TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
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If I were to say that the big, hefty, well-put-together "Four Seasons of Travel" book is a "typical" National Geographic publication, I would be both praising it on the one hand and condemning it on the other.

I praise it because, in the inimitable NatGeo manner, the color photography it contains is simply fantastic. In my opinion, no one else comes close to consistently matching the sharp, vibrant, saturated color photographs that are NatGeo's hallmark. The photos in "Four Seasons of Travel," many of them at page-and-a-half or two-page-spread size, are stunning.

However, I condemn the book (mildly) because, again in the NatGeo tradition, it falls short of being really useful in the amount and type of information in it. I've always found NatGeo's books to be long on visual style and relatively short on substance, and "Four Seasons of Travel" is no exception. "Not that there's anything wrong with that..."

The descriptions that accompany the 400 or so seasonal "getaways around the globe" in "Four Seasons of Travel" are relatively superficial, and thus are not really of great value in planning trips to the getaway spots. To NatGeo's credit, most descriptions include a "Planning" footnote listing websites that feature the specific areas, and many have sidebars with more information on recommended lodging and details of other local sights. Still, it's a broad-brush treatment, as it practically has to be in this format.

So my bottom line is that "Four Seasons of Travel" is a nice coffee-table book and a potential source of ideas for places around the world that a traveler might want to visit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By emmejay VINE VOICE on November 18, 2013
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This book left me frustrated. Overall, it seems like an excuse to publish a bunch of beautiful National Geographic photographs.

It's a collection of travel destinations, organized by the seasons of the year. Worldwide, but weighted toward Europe and North America, the destinations are a mix of the familiar and an idea book of unfamiliars. In most cases, it's obvious why the location/event is matched to the season (e.g. conditions of nature, cultural calendars, etc.) but there are a few surprises (e.g. Yosemite in winter). Each entry is accompanied by beautiful photographs -- full-color; often full-page and even two-page spreads -- plus a bit about the location/event, sources for more information (e.g. websites), and a sidebar with tips or trivia. Some of the entries prompt separate Top 10 lists (e.g. where to go for the best holiday lights, the best outdoor music venues, the best carnival-type celebrations, etc.).

But the book annoyed me rather than inspired me. There's not much information, and the short essays that are sprinkled throughout ("recollections" by a few celebrities and some NatGeo writers) are underwhelming and forgettable. And it's gratuitously huge -- the pages are too thick and the book is too heavy. At best, this is one to browse through at the library. Or, much better to browse (or to own) is Off the Tourist Trail: 1,000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Abraham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2013
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From the Foreword in the beginning of the book to the Calendar of Events at the end, this book is spectacular! The book begins with a world map and color-coded dots to mark the destinations on the map and the related page number in the book. If you want to look at winter destinations, for example you would examine the world map, select a destination such as "number 3, Yosemite National Park, California" and then look at pages 234-237 in the book. The pages are filled with beautiful images of the destination, along with a summary of the location and suggestions for planning your visit. Since there are so many destinations listed in the book (176 total destinations)the summaries are a general overview and not a detailed travel guide. Some of the destinations in the book include: Tanzania, Chile, Columbia, India, Vietnam, Poland, Scotland and the United States, to name just a few. Since this is a book and not a glossy magazine, the photos are not as vibrant in color as the National Geographic Magazine. This is a great book to give as a gift or for your own coffee table collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FoodPornDirector VINE VOICE on December 19, 2013
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The thing that I really liked about this book is that it is organized by seasons so that way if I know I have a travel window during a particular timeframe, I can get some ideas of where to go. There is a world map in the first few pages that also have cities color coded by season so you can get a very general idea of when to visit a particular location. It is very good in the sense that I can try and optimize when I want to go to a particular city. It is good to know that Jazz Fest is in the Spring in New Orleans and the World Championship BBQ contest in Memphis is during that season also.

But it is a coffee table book, meant more for fantasizing than a practical trip planner. Unlike their other road trip series of books, this one is of little value when it comes to any real planning. In many instances, they will list a particular event in a city. Such as the Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. But do not tell you when it is, just that it is in the summer. And some cities seem to be one-hit wonders with only the one thing available to do. Really? You are going to tell me that London is only good to visit in the winter? Some of their recommendations I disagree with. Going to Hong Kong in the summer just because its beaches provide a nice respite from the heat...anyone who has been to Hong Kong in the summer knows that it is one of the worst places during that time. Stifling heat and humidity as well as typhoon/monsoon season make it the worst time. Its mild winters, or spring or fall are great times to visit. Some things in the book are just not accurate. They list San Juan Capistrano, CA as a place to go to in the spring in order to see the swallows. But the swallows stopped coming more than 10 years ago. I should know, I work near there.
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