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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019 Hardcover – October 23, 2018
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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019
The best trends, destinations, journeys & experiences for the year ahead
The best places to go and things to do all around the world right now! Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles traveled by Lonely Planet’s staff, writers and online community, we present a year’s worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.
It's the best of the best!
This year's top destinations for every type of traveler
Top 10 Countries
Top 10 Regions
#5. Scotland's Highlands and Islands
Top 10 Cities
#6. Mexico City, Mexico
Best Value Destinations
"Globetrotters with an incurable case of wanderlust need a dose of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019, which describes next year's must-see destinations."―Where
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787017656
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787017658
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.6 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Lonely Planet; 14th edition (October 23, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
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I've only recently started traveling more -- 3-4 times a year -- trying to whittle down my list of "places I must visit before I die." I'm using this book (and I presume future editions that will follow) to start my more detailed research on specific areas that might be on the agenda for this year's travel plans.
The book gives just enough information to give you an idea as to WHY it was selected on the relevant "10 best ... " list. If I find a place interesting, I start doing more research on that place to see 1) how to get there 2) where I might stay 3) what sights I might want to examine while there. But this book opens the door for me and gets me interested.
It's also a great "armchair traveler" book for those that can't make the actual trips to places of interest. Again, there's enough info to give you an idea of why the editors considered a particular place "special" enough to include, and from there, you can pursue more detailed study.
I like this book a lot -- and will continue to use it and any subsequent editions to help shape my future travels. I've used Lonely Planet travel guides for years -- this is a nice addition to the library. Solid 5 stars from me.
Lonely Planet's answer is to provide books like this one: a book-length brochure offering a series of pretty images accompanied by a few paragraphs and directions on where to get more information. It's sad, really - it's mainly a picture book with a few paragraphs summarizing each place and a suggestion or two of where to stay. It's like Lonely Planet basically ceded defeat to the Internet, referring people to go online for more information.
In other words, the book is more a conversation starter about travel than a useful guide. It's fun to pass around at a party, but that's about it.
The book's format is to show their top ten in several different categories. For instance there are the top ten regions and the top ten countries. I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of areas of my past travels were highlighted. The Catskills were one area that I was surprised to see. It is within two hours driving distance from my house. I go there for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. However, I think that with the invention of air travel, its best days are gone.
I lived and worked in Europe, France and Germany, for over three years. I definitely agree with Lonely Planet that Normandy is a region to visit. I have spent vacation time there. Nearby Brittany is also good, especially if you like neolithic monuments. I wonder about Germany as a top-ten country. The food is not the greatest. However, there is good German food, but it is found in Switzerland, not Germany.
The Travel 2019 book is quite enjoyable. It is well written and keeping with Lonely Planet custom, it is filled with many excellent photographs.
Yes, it's fun to look at. Yes, it works on a coffee table. But if you have a giant stack of travel books like I do, chances are you've seen the bulk of it before, just not in this pretty hardcover format.
Realistically, probably not everyone has shelves and shelves of travel guides and other random LP books, so for sure this will be treat. But there's a lot of competition out there...