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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741799457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SheKnows, December 4, 2012 This travel tome is a one-stop shop for anyone planning his or her next exciting experience abroad or closer to home.

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This book provides a lot of great ideas for fun and adventurous things to do.
Ron Santos
Great book if your adventure legs are starting to shake and you need an adventure in your life, this the first book you should pick up for some ideas.
Jose A. Campos
Great coffee table book, fun to flip through and get some good ideas of where i want to visit next.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Furgason on February 7, 2010
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This is a great book to get your mind working on places you many have never considered traveling to. I really like the way the book is structured by grouping places by types of interests (e.g. Most Spine-Tingling Commutes, New York's Best Food Cultures, Best Obscure Holidays). Each of these expose the reader to looking at travel as an experience that can be unique and unforgettable. For each section the book typically lists 5-10 different areas around the world that fit the section. These are varied consistently and provide a good mix of experiences from tame to exotic. Each area is usually covered by 1 or 2 paragraphs so it's just enough to help you figure out what's interesting enough to research in other ways.

This book is not a detailed travel guide. You won't get any details on each of the areas, no pricing, restaurant suggestions, etc. It's meant to be help you find experiences on a much higher level and leaves the detailed guidance to other sources.

The writing is clear and the photography is excellent.

I definitely recommend this book.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By hulagrrl on May 6, 2010
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I was really excited to order this book, and sadly the excitement ended there. The book seemed incredibly random to me, with a lot of repetition of places/regions that I have no interest in going...and this is coming from someone who loves to travel. On top of the the categories by which they chose to organize different stuff didn't seem well thought out. Examples: Best in slow travel, best ways to eke out your holiday money, and my favorite- quintessential travel experiences..., seriously? I though the whole book was supposed to be about quintessential travel experiences. Overall it seems like the editors at lonely planet had trouble getting to a list of 1,000 and put in a bunch of crap filler that ruins it for me. If you are interested in this type of book with brief paragraphs on cool places all over the world I suggest checking out the Rough Guide's "Make the most of your time on Earth: 1000 Ultimate travel experiences" Overall I found that one to be better written, more inspiring and better organized.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on June 1, 2013
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I won't lie - I initially bought this book to expand the small bathroom library I've created to pass time by, while other things are being passed.
I did NOT expect to being unable to put it down once it arrived! Within a matter of only a couple days, I had read every single epic experience and have been giving my suitcase furtive glances ever since. Being a financially strapped newly-wed, I had gracefully come to terms with the fact that traveling the world wasn't likely to happen anytime soon. So a word of advice: this book is dangerous!! After reading it, all I wanted to do was climb Mt. Fiji, go swimming with great whites and orcas (not at the same time), eat absurd foods, plan a fantastic cross-country road trip, stay in remote and odd hotels, hop festivals throughout Europe and go on an ammateur archialogical dig. Basically, I only want to travel to every country in current existence.

Here's the kicker: it's actually possible to do these things. I thought you had to dish thousands upon thousands to experience and travel the world's greatest. This book is phenomenal not just as a fantastic list of life euphoria, but because it also includes websites and agencies you can contact to set up these experiences any time, right in the description. It gives advice on how to travel on the cheap and where to go to get the most bang for your buck.

This is the FIRST book I'm going to when I plan a trip. It's not the hotel rooms or even the views that are going to determine where I travel next, as every country has their own unique and beautiful landscapes. It's what I DO there that's going to make the difference.

On a side note, I'm from San Francisco and they even included things to do in my city and state that I have either never thought of doing, or never knew existed right in my own backyard. This book has changed my life (and my savings account) forever.
Needless to say, it's on my nightstand. Not in the bathroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Narek Jalalyan on July 5, 2013
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A few too many things were repeated so not exactly a thousand, but very well researched and good solid information like we have come to expect from Lonely Planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose A. Campos on January 31, 2013
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Great book if your adventure legs are starting to shake and you need an adventure in your life, this the first book you should pick up for some ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on January 12, 2013
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It was a good book with a lot of places that I thought would be cool to visit but there were not as many pictures as I would like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Wendt on January 2, 2012
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Only gave 4 stars because some of the items are repeated but it really has some cool stuff. After 42 countries its good to have some fresh and "out there" ideas.

Each entry is only a few paragraphs but its Lonely Planet so of course its well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin F. Gieb on December 20, 2013
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I liked reading about all the different places you could go in the world. You or I could go. The descriptions came to life and made me want to visit some places even more than others. Having driven myself many times around the lower 48 states and keeping a journal of my own kooky observations, I could relate on many levels.
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