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Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Best Hidden Travel Gems Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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"We're kind of obsessed with National Geographic's new book, Secret Journeys of a Lifetime. The book, which came out earlier this week, has all sorts of travel tips, from the best ghost towns worth visiting to broader topics like the most idyllic island getaways, spiritual travel tips and even classic road trips worth embarking on." --The Huffington Post
“As is custom in a National Geographic coffee table book, the photos are stunning; the practical information and planning advice are useful; and the small sidebars on other nearby points of interest are fascinating. But most compelling are the star attractions, with vivid descriptions that transport you for a tiny glimpse into an often unseen world. It will leave you wondering what National Geographic will come up with next.” –San Jose Mercury News
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The 500 best travel gems each have a page and at least 1 picture, a small location map, some text telling about the site and when to go, how to find it, planning, and websites.
I did find one problem with one of their sites, which hopefully isn't an indication of poor details in the others. It lists St Michaels Maryland as an undiscovered village...anyone who has tried to find a parking place, or a table at a restaurant on a summer Sunday afternoon there would find this hilarious. Strange because if they would have investigated a bit further there are several other small towns on the Eastern shore of Maryland that are perfectly charming and wonderful examples of what they purport St Michaels to be.
All of this information and the pictures combine to make you wish you had unlimited funds and time to start on a journey. If you are lucky, you have been to a few of these places - whether you have or not, you would certainly find this book interesting for its photography and facts about these faraway places.
For the armchair traveller, just browsing through is a very rewarding experience, but for anyone who is prepared to travel to far flung places it is a great source of inspiration. The book is split into nine separate sections eg Spiritual Havens, the Road Less Travelled and City Secrets. Every so often there are useful top ten lists covering various topics such as Roman Sites or Islands Within Cities. Strangely there is no index of these top ten lists which seem to be just scattered throughout the book.
The format is that for each of about 200 of the chosen sites there is a page devoted which includes a picture, some description and a useful summary of when to go, how to find it, planning and websites which can be consulted. The other 300 odd sites are included in the top ten lists and just include a very brief description and a few words on planning.
Since the publishers have chosen to group these places in the way described above, there is, of necessity, no geographic grouping which may have been more useful. However, where, within one of the ten sections, places are geographically close together these are grouped. For example, in Last Wildernesses, there are five sites in the USA and these are described consecutively. If visiting an area, the easiest way to locate places in the book is to look through the index at the back. eg if you look up Wales in the Index, the 11 references to Wales in the book are listed.Read more ›
It's taking a while to get through b/c there's So Much to see . . .
You can get lost in the pictures , or use them as inspiration for your next trip :)
-easy to use, as little side maps show u where in the globe the attraction is located
My pal & I perused thru it for an hour . . . then it got too heavy for him -- 5lbs !!!
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Great pictures as always!!!! National Geographic never disappoints. We gave it to my father-in-law as a birthday gift and he loved it!Published 7 months ago by Sani
It was a gift to my fiance. He loved it! We are "off the beaten path" travelers and this is a perfect book for us with great ideas. The photography is stunning too! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ben R.