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Once in a Lifetime Trips: The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences Hardcover – May 12, 2009

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Fly-fish in the virgin waters of the Chilean fjords, arriving by helicopter; navigate Alaska on a boat as luxurious as a four-star hotel but small enough to sail where the big cruise ships can’t; embark on a private-jet tour to the great opera houses in Europe with behind-the-scenes passes: experience the classic links of the British Open. Once in a Lifetime Trips is a trove of ideas for travels that are unique, decadent, and off the beaten path.

Each trip is captured through stunning photography and an essay based on in-depth interviews with experts who have firsthand knowledge of the destination and itinerary. Once in a Lifetime Trips goes way beyond what a standard guide offers: these trips are intended to be distinctive events that you will remember for the rest of your life. Chris Santella distills each experience and describes just what makes it extraordinary--whether it’s the culture of the place, a venue’s incredible isolation, or the unique amenities available to the traveler. Organized by destination--on the ocean, on an island, in the jungle, in the mountains and the desert, in the country, in the city, in the sky--Once in a Lifetime Trips is as much a vicarious and thrilling reading experience as it is a source of ideas and inspiration for anyone in search of a remarkable journey.

A Look Inside Once in a Lifetime Trips

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Elephant Safari in Botswana
Paddling Polynesia
The Spice Islands by Phinisi

Hiking the Canadian Rockies
Savoring Siena by Steed






About the Author

CHRIS SANTELLA is the author of the Fifty Places to . . . Before You Die series. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Forbes Traveler, and Travel Oregon, and has contributed to numerous other publications, including The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Golf, and Field and Stream.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 11.1.2009 edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030740692X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307406927
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every few years, I like to take a special trip and try to do something very different. I thought this book might help with the planning. Well, the only problem now is that I'll be too tempted to wait a few years between trips. The combination of incredible photography and clear, well-researched writing makes this a fantastic resource for those looking to plan anniversaries, unique family gatherings, or getaways with special friends. I can't say that all of these are viable adventures for me, but I can dare to dream.
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Once In a Lifetime Trips: The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences covers everything from navigating Alaska on a luxury boat that can sail where cruise ships can't to roughing it on the Amazon in Peru and exploring wild Boreno. Any general library catering to travelers will find this an inspirational guide to such world highlights, blending color photos with exciting 'you are there' travel diaries and dialogue. A top pick.
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This book is about 9 inches by 9 inches so it isn't the greatest option if you are looking for a large grandiose coffee table book. The photos are a lot of fun and the trips really help get your creative juices flowing. Some of the obvious destinations include the Galapagos, Easter Island, Egypt, and multiple locations Indonesia and Polynesia. Less obvious ones include guitar picking in Ohio and Wyoming's Grand Teton.
A vast majority of these trips were boat based despite having divide the book into different sections "on the ocean, in the jungle, in the desert, in the city, ect.." For example Egypt is in the dessert category but it recommends traveling up the Nile per boat. The book also has some travel experiences most of us never will afford, like the trip into space, or the private jet excursion to opera houses.
The author picked some extraordinary trips that could only be afforded once in a lifetime, but ultimately this book makes me want to be independently wealthy and have more resources to spend on travel.
The greatest attribute this book has induced is I now look for more subtle experiences to do while traveling. Like for Patagonia instead of a helicopter ride around the mountains he talks about fly-fishing.
Like I mentioned in me title it's a small fun book that most the trips come with a once in a lifetime price tag.
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From the author of Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die, as well as the other Fifty Places to . . . books, comes a unique collection of locations on and above our planet: Once in a Lifetime Trips: The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences. Having visited most of the these places himself, Santella doesn't just try to give readers some truly special and awesome places that our planet has to offer, but to make a unique trip, journey, or experience out of it. The book is divided by definition of how one can reach certain places: by sea, in the jungle, in the mountains, in the country, in the city, and even in the sky. Each location has a two- to three-page entry featuring one or two photographs highlighting it, as well as a storytelling description of how one can best experience this unique place told through second person.

Some predictable places are mentioned, like Easter Island, the Galapagos, climbing a mountain in the Himalayas. And some (if not a good percentage) of the places mentioned are out of most peoples' price ranges, such as: "The world's greatest opera houses by private jet" and "Visiting the International Space Station," while others require extreme fitness and skill: "Heli-skiing in New Zealand's southern alps" and "Coasting on the king's trail of Sweden." Nevertheless, Santella does provide a detailed page at the end as to how one can take a trip to each of these unique locations and whom they should contact. While a map may be needed for some readers to know just where these places are, they will at least delight and give reader's ideas about what they might like to do to make their next trip extra special.

Originally written on May 25th 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.

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Bought this as a guide for my Father, but I've ended up reading it and using it more than he has! Beautiful photographs and stunning description allow for the reader to be transported to far away places...and allowed me to plan several of my own trips from this very book. A must own for the adventure traveler! Makes for an excellent coffee table book.
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this book is a good gift choice for friends who like to travel, but the scripts are just a sampling of what is possible to do in our world in general more simply and more cheaply. However, these dream travels are a good introduction to the adventures.
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Nicely written book with very good journalistic touches describing why you might want to go to the many beautiful places. Not just a book full of pretty pictures although the photography is well done.
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Nothing memorable about this book. The photography was ho-hum as were the travel destinations that were highlighted in this book. Save your money unless you just want to collect an average travel book to display on your cofee table.
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