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Product Details

  • Series: General Reference
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4th edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741792436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741792430
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chicago Tribune, December 2006
'If anyone can put the entire world between the pages of a book, it's Lonely Planet.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Who We Are
At Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travellers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large.

What We Do
* We offer travellers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages.
* We are relentless in finding the special, the unique and the different for travellers wherever they are.
* When we update our guidebooks, we check every listing, in person, every time.
* We always offer the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent.
* We challenge our growing community of travellers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world.
* We tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travellers; not clouded by any other motive.

What We Believe
We believe that travel leads to a deeper cultural understanding and compassion and therefore a better world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Customer Reviews

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 is fantastic even if you're not planning a trip.
Tooncesmom
This is a great resourse book if you are going to travel or just want to learn a little bit about a lot of beautiful places.
kindred spirit
The book itself is beautifully set up with easy to read lists and guides as well as gorgeous pictures.
Natalie S

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I took a gamble on purchasing this book after reading the negative review above (book just rants on about middle eastern travel locations with no talk of the dangers involved). WELL - I'm glad I spent the $16 because this book is exactly what I was hoping for - a comprehensive list of locations to consider traveling to for open minded individuals. There is a special feature portion in the middle of the book on Islamic travel locations BUT it is 30 pages of the 230+ book and it does speak a small bit to the dangers involved. The remaining 200+ pages of the book equally cover Asian, African, South + North American, Russian/Czech, and other remote locations with a variety of reasons to travel there. The book doesn't seem to overly boast just the positives but gives you some ideas of dangers/negatives too, so I definitely did not get the feeling the book was openly suggesting travelers to blindly fly to dangerous locations. If you're looking to travel abroad and looking for some potential ideas you haven't considered pick this book up, it's worth the $[...] - I ordered from [...] and got the 2007 bluelist book free when I ordered the 2008. It's got some great photos too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2008
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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 (General Reference)

850 Trends, Destinations, Journeys & Experiences for the Year Ahead-that's how Lonely Planet describes their newest "wish" book. Picking the brains of their best authors, Lonely Planet has put together a book for the travel-minded person who wants a creative mix of what's best. This is a book to charge the senses about possible travel tours and to facilitate formulating plans before you get to the ticket purchasing stage. Open a random page and begin reading the eclectic topics offered. The book is divided into a collection of Top Tens: Countries, Regions, Cities, a large section on Water: the Ultimate Traveller and Top Travel Lists. Facts and trivia abound in this exciting addition to the Lonely Planet guides.

Top Ten Countries: (Not those you might think.) Here's an opportunity to read what's best about Kyrgyzstan ("the country your inner nomad has secretly been dreaming about all these years") and Oman ("the real deal"). Paragraphs on the defining experience, hot topic of the day, festivals and events and life-changing experiences will pique your interest to learn more about these unusual, off-the-beaten-track places on the globe.

Top Ten Regions: A few better known regions add to the mix of the unusual here. Learn a bit about France's Languedoc, Svarlbard, Norway, France and Spain's Basque Country (home to some of Europe's best walking.)

Check out The World of Water for the best sparkle, the best partying, the best place to drop anchor and much more. Go on a water safari, drink in an igloo, take a husky ride are just some of the experiences detailed in this fascinating chapter.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hillery Simmons on February 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this series from Lonely Planet. It's beautiful and cleverly written. The bluelist isn't designed to give you a travel itinerary or help you get around but presents interesting and iconic experiences weighted by current travel trends. For me, the bluelist is all about daydreaming about the next travel adventure.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Hope VINE VOICE on December 13, 2008
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Visually this is a stunning book full of bursts of color and glossy photos that tempt you to find out more- Sao Paulo, I'm looking at you. And the ecological focus on water and both its importance to the way man has always traveled along with the message of needed conservation were extremely valid and topical. It's where there sending the average reader I have an issue with...

Some of the top countries and cities they claim you should see in 2009: Algeria, Rwanda, Georgia, Sierra Leone, Columbia, Beirut. These are countries where it wasn't safe to travel to let alone live in five or six years ago and most people would still say your taking your live into your hands traveling to still today. Just a few months ago Georgia and Russia were at each others throats in an international confrontation after all. I looked and looked for some kind of responsible warning about women not traveling alone to many of these areas or mentions that sometimes westerners are targeted for hostage taking but sadly found no warnings of any kind which I found irresponsible of lonely planet. Then I flipped back through and noticed that about 75%-80% of the articles were written by men, so it's obvious that Lonely Planet knows full well there are some dangers associated with going there.

That said ( well, maybe ranted)The back sections which have profiles on every country and funny things like the best places to find mythical creatures like Bigfoot are pretty good. Go out and see all the fun of the world, just do it with a healthy dollop of common sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2008
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I have lived and vacationed in a number of countries with the Lonely Planet guides, and always found them extremely helpful. With this new guide, "Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2009: 850 Trends, Destinations, Journeys & Experiences For The Year Ahead" I found it to be very enjoyable for different reasons.

I always liked how the Lonely Planet guides had a ton of information about the places I was living or visiting. However, I sometimes wished they had more color photos such as some of the other travel guides available. With this "Best In Travel 2009" guide, there isn't the depth for each country like the country specific guides, but rather interesting places around the entire world. And this book is full of colorful pictures.

It is a beautifully laid out book with scores of magnificent photographs. Combine the photos with the brief descriptions of places around the entire globe and you have a great coffee table book and a text that will inspire you to plan your next travel adventure. What I enjoy most about this book is it helps generate ideas of places to go and things I want to do.

The book is chalk full of lists. Top 10 Countries, Top 10 Regions, Top 10 Cities and so on. I don't know if I agree with the top 10 in each of these categories, and you might not either, but that does not matter. Use the book to inspire you to travel to new places and to generate ideas and possibilities. Even if you don't travel to the places listed, you will be more aware of what's out there and places that are available to explore. If you enjoy traveling, you'll enjoy looking through this book for ideas.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
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