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“If you've resolved to explore new horizons this year, Joe Yogerst has some suggestions. As one of the primary authors of Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's-Best Hidden Travel Gems (National Geographic, $40), he says many incredible sites are overlooked.” –USA Today

"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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National Geographic is a renowned authority in cartographic excellence. For 119 years the Society's maps have helped spread geographic knowledge around the globe. A vast database allows National Geographic to combine the latest data gained by space-age technology with innovative digital mapping techniques to create state-of-the-art political, physical, and thematic maps. The Society's meticulous research and attention to detail have established a standard of achievement that is unparalleled.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206467
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a big, heavy coffee table book with enticing colour pictures on every page. It is divided into 9 sections: high altitude points, wilderness, islands, the road less traveled, ancient sites off the beaten path, sites tucked away into quiet corners, undiscovered villages, city secrets. Each section is then divided into sites in North America, South America, Australia-Oceana, Asia, Europe, and Africa. In these sections are several top 10 lists for world sites such as; top 10 wildflower displays, top 10 islands in cities, top 10 religious art - each of these has a description and a sentence on planning and a web site.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Secret Journeys of a Lifetime is an impressive volume, beautifully illustrated as one would expect from a book with the National Geographic imprint. I thought I was reasonably well travelled, but I had only visited, or indeed known of the existence of a small number of the incredible places covered in this book.

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.
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By FLimner on November 13, 2014
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This is a nice book with beautiful photography. Unfortunately, the descriptions of each location really had no depth or detailed information to them. It feels like a bunch of quick snippets from the web. We were hoping for real details on each location. Best lodgings, secret spots, best restaurants, history, etc.
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Is more of a marketing for tour companies than a national geographic quality book. I was expecting more pictures from around the world sprinkled with information. NOT THE CASE! Mostly writing with some pictures. Every section ends with a websites section that takes you to places to book these trips. I wanted ideas of "that's a beautiful place I want to go explore" but it became a travel brochure.
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As good as it looks/sounds . . . Can't run out of ideas/pictures/places
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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By Mary on February 23, 2013
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interesting book, we do like to travel and also got 500 of the worlds greatest trips from national greographic and like that book better.
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This book was purchased for my 12 year old granddaughter upon her request. She loves photography and her family is trying to see all the national parks in the US. I don't know when she will be able to travel worldwild but this book will give her some beautiful incentives - it is a lifetime of pictures, knowledge and reading.
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This book fires your dreams of traveling to the hidden, beautiful, interesting places that don't get much press, thank God. For us, going to a quietly grand place that is relatively off the beaten track is one of our favorite things to do. Well, this book tells the secret of some pretty cool places that we must discover at our next opportunity. But with 500 to choose from, even if the "secret" is out, we can't wait to explore! Great pictures and info about travel round out this beautiful book.
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