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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guides Reference Titles
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184353925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843539254
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Lauraloo Mattox on November 15, 2007
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If you're looking for a reference book on travel ideas, look no further! This book is beyond excellent.

I am currently researching for an extended round-the-world backpacking trip with my son. I spend a lot of time in bookstores taking notes. This book, however, was so full of excellent info that I actually bought it, despite my strict budget. It is one of the best travel investments I have made so far.

It is arranged in chapters, each dealing with a specific region, such as the Iberian Peninsula, Southeast Asia and even the Polar Regions! For each region, there are plenty of fantastic and interesting things to do. There is a great variety: from walks on castle walls in Wales to walks on hot coals in Greece, from Christmas shopping in Kutch India to sampling wines in Liechtenstein, from turtle watching in Costa Rica to tracking rhino in Namibia. There are, literally, a thousand things to do. And they're of all varieties - relaxing, adrenaline-pumping, cultural, outdoorsy, athletic, lazy, cheap, pricey - there is truly something for everyone in here.

At the end of each chapter, there is a "Miscellany" section with little tidbits about each region, such as the best places to dance or dine, trivia, unusual hotels, best souvenirs, etc.

At the end of the book, the activities are listed alphabetically by country. Then they are all listed by number, after which there is vital info for each entry, such as a website or directions.

Each entry is well-written by its respective author, condensed but informative and interesting. The photographs are numerous and fabulous - they get you excited about the place. I suppose even armchair travelers will get their kicks from this book!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Buck on June 30, 2008
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We have both books, the 1000 Places to Go Before You Die and this book. This one is much better, because it focuses much more on experiences rather than shopping and staying at fancy hotels. The other book seems like half advertising. Sure, the experiences might not all be my cup of tea. I won't be doing any extreme sports, and I won't be partying now that I am a mom. However, there is something for everybody, the pictures are compelling and the descriptions are opinionated, evocative and short.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Artemus Q. Kraig on January 7, 2008
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I buy a lot of books from Amazon, especially books on travel. This is hands down the best purchase I have made in that genre. The descriptions are great, there is lots of valuable information, and the photography is wonderful. I would say that this is a book that will give you many, many good ideas, but you will need to depend on other more specific guidebooks for the actual planning (Lonely Planet and Footprint are what I prefer).

As an aside, I also purchased the "World Party" book that too is published by Rough. There is some repetition, but on the whole I think that the two books compliment each other quite nicely. If I were choosing between them, I would probably select this volume. After all, there is more to life than parties...or so I've been told.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa W. on November 29, 2008
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This book is amazingly gorgeous. The photos will have you salivating like a foodie looking at a gourmet cookbook. If you have even the tiniest travel bug in you, this book will inspire you to see more places and dream a little bigger.

Because it's organized by destinations, you simply can't resist going through it and saying to yourself, "Been there. Seen it. Done it. Oh, this looks interesting...I haven't been here."

Also, I looked at all of the places where I've lived to see how accurate the book was. Were these places really worthy of the moniker of ultimate travel experience? They were! Excellent choices by the editors.

I guarantee you won't make it through the first hundred pages of this book without feeling inspired to add another destination to your "must see" list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SharksMamma on February 27, 2009
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This book is filled with 1000 places to travel to. It includes what you may eat, places you may stay, what type of activities you may encounter, and what wildlife you do not want to miss out on! In the back of the book, it lists websites that have been referenced though out the book or important information you need to know like park times or costs. Great overview on 1000 unique experiences worldwide!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 9, 2009
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The book's title comes from the company motto for Rough Guides. Yet, compared to the alluring photos and graphics of the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides' Where To Go When and Lonely Planet's The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World, this response from the editors of the Rough Guides is somewhat lacking, even though it may be the best researched of the three entries into a field I like to call global travel enticement. The challenge comes from the way the methodology is presented - "1,000 ultimate travel experiences" gathered by their over the quarter century since the travel series first started with 1982's Rough Guide to Greece. It's daunting to pore through such a voluminous text simply because the regional breakdown doesn't really do much to help the reader traverse the four corners while exciting the senses.

Each travel experience is lightly described in a single paragraph with only a chosen few warranting an accompanying photo. While the regional breakdown may be logical enough, the lack of attention to the timing of such adventures can get frustrating. For example, the camel fair in Pushkar, India or the La Tomatina tomato fight in Bunol, Spain are treated in the same way as more permanent attractions when it would have been more helpful to present them in a calendar format. In addition, the quality of the writing varies quite a bit from adventure to adventure since these accounts are culled from at least a couple of generations of travel writers.
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