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on May 17, 2010
This book is meant for the serious traveler or dreamer. Want to see amphitheaters? This guide will direct you away from the Colosseum in Rome to Pula Arena in Croatia with historical details, how to get there and when to go in the typical DK format. However, it explains both what makes the Colosseum the lesser choice and a good choice. Should you still decide to go, tips are given on how best to do that. For many of the topics (like amphitheaters), more than the one main option is presented. Alternative amphitheaters in Lybia, Tunisia, Germany, Spain, Italy (Verona) and France are shown. It is the richness of the choices which are global and inclusive which delights me, but may frustrate the less serious or impoverished traveler.

I bought 5 travel books around the same time. This is the one that I come back to time and again. While the premise of the book is to avoid the more touristed sites, ignore that, after all, that is what the off-season is for. This volume is my candy shop window.
I invite you to share the plentyful delights.
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on August 25, 2011
DK Publishing is one of my favorites with their highly visual presentations for so many subjects. Travel books are especially helpful and interesting. Off the Tourist Trail gives alternate destinations for the traveler to consider by comparing popular locations and the alternate sites. Many great destinations prove too crowded with tourists to be enjoyable and to meet expectations. This book is an educational and enjoyable way to become acquainted with alternatives. If the traveler is still going to the first choice, helpful tips are provided. Perhaps your travel plans and dreams will change because of this information. Happy traveling.
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on February 4, 2015
This is exactly what the title says. Lots of great alternatives to very familiar, popular, and often diluted and over-crowded (and perhaps overrated) destinations. I cross-reference this with Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor.com for a fairly clear picture of what to expect when I visit.
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on February 27, 2014
We checked this out from the library, then bought it because we would use it a lot. We travel a lot and are always looking for great places to go and this one is full of great alternatives. If you want to discover places similar to all the major sites you've already heard of, but that are far less popular and crowded, check this one out.
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on May 15, 2016
I love the book and was very excited that it arrived earlier than promised.
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on May 5, 2013
What I love about this book, besides inviting one to visit less famous but often more spectacular, less advertised venues, is that every featured destination has the "touristy" option also listed, and gives helpful advise if one does decide to brave the crowds.
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on April 10, 2013
It is nice to see some choices for places to visit that may not be as crowded as some of the well known places. And just more places in general to see in the United States and around the world. This book gets my vote of approval for anyone.
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on February 26, 2014
The photography is excellent and it has many helpful suggestions for trips that avoid the crowds and the usual tourist traps. Definitely recommended.
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on March 6, 2014
Thanks, all is well & I don't have anything more to say. Really, I'm satisfied and have nothing more to say.
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on August 23, 2009
As soon as i saw this book I was impressed with it. Basically it gives alternatives to common tourist attractions around the world, Its categorized by areas such as cities, mountains, festivals, etc. What I like is that it gives easy access to many travel ideas I might have never found out about or which wouldve taken hours to research, It a concise volume on lesser know places of interest around the world. Maybe lesser know but also maybe equally or more beautiful. While some of the many listed alternatives are only briefly described the book is just a jumping point for future reference and research via the internet. So if you like to travel and want to get off the beaten path this book is definitely for you. Happy Travels
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