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The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet Travel Book) Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Each country is given a two page spread which features an array of images (usually one large image and three - four smaller images), a paragraph introducing the country, info on the capital, population, land area and language, before looking at best times to visit, things to see and do, resources of things to explore to find out more about each country (things to read, listen, watch, eat and drink), typical things that epitomise the country in question and a random fact to interest you. It also includes a map of the country and surrounding nations.
The photography is incredible throughout and after flicking through the countries I have personally visited I found them to be fairly representative. This is a great way to inspire you to visit particular locations and I soon became engrossed with flicking through each page and soaking up the info on offer. The only problem with this format is that small countries get equal coverage to large countries and when a country is as vast and diverse as, say the United States or China, the imagery doesn't do true justice to how varied the country truly is. This is a minor niggle with the format though and one that is hard to counter in a book of this size and type.
All in all this book serves to whet your appetite to make you want to visit some of the stunning places around the world and it will introduce you to some of the lesser known countries as well.Read more ›
The good news is that this edition covers every single country on the planet - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - with a double spread featuring several characteristic photos and an information template covering the best time to visit, top things to see and do as well as a survey of what to read, eat, drink as well as basic data points (population, capital, etc.) and a random fact on each territory. Given the large scale format, the emphasis is on photos, though the selections lean more towards indigenous people over scenic landmarks.
The bad news is that the self imposed limits of two pages per country only serve to whet one's appetite for more information on any country that piques one's interest. (A lead in for Lonely Planet's full series of travel guides perhaps?) And the limited choice of photos in certain cases leaves something to be desired. (A single photo of bagpipers represent Bermuda?)
While certainly a colorful and wide ranging guide, "The Travel Book" is more of a coffee table style gift item than a comprehensive travel reference. But as a broad survey of all the possibilities to visit on planet earth, it is certainly a huge statement. Just be prepared to dig deeper somewhere else from here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Bought it for my teen daughter for Christmas, who is wanting to travel as she gets older. But we have all enjoyed looking at it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by nano-nadoo
Really great pics but not a lot of information. A great coffee table book for dreaming though.Published 7 months ago by Dee Urbick
This is a great coffee table book not only for guests to read but also provides great information to help you get started planning your trips. Read morePublished 8 months ago by cmor1234
This is the most beautiful travel book I've ever seen. I ordered one as a retirement gift for a friend who loves to travel and when I received it I was just blown away by the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Kelly
Great book, lots of useful info. It would have been nice to include a small flag on each country's page.Published 11 months ago by Hari