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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (23 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742202934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742202938
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Percival on 21 Mar. 2013
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Lonely planet are well renowned for producing the most insightful and informative travel guides around and this compact book containing 1,000 of the world's ultimate sights does not disappoint. Essentially this guide is useful for providing an overview of the world's greatest, one from which inspiration can be drawn.

Each of the sights contains a brief description of what the attractions have to offer, with roughly a quarter of them being accompanied by a picture, with an even briefer description of the best mode of transport to take to each of the attractions. Where I feel this book is slightly flawed is in the groupings of some of the sights. A lot of the chapters seem to cover incredibly niche topics such as the 'Best Public Murals' and the 'Most Iconic Trees'. So unless you know you have a particular passion for one of these niche categories, the breakdown of the chapters can be fairly irrelevant and so as a reader you are required to scour all 350 pages in search for inspiration.

Overall, this book is useful for providing inspiration for possible holiday destinations so long as you are willing to invest the time to flick through the book from cover to cover. Additional information is definitely required however if you plan to visit any of the locations as the description is only detailed enough to give you a taster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2012
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I don't know why I keep ordering these - is there some medical term for people that never learn a lesson where averagely-written travel guides are concerned? It's not that I think the Lonely Planet publications are poorly written per se - it's just that these 100/1000/1000000 things/places/sights/experiences/whatever volumes really don't seem to be their forte. Why? Too many entries with really scant info on each attraction, so there's absolutely no way you could actually plan a trip using this publication. And given that, on average, only one in five of the destinations featured has an accompanying picture, the guide can't shoehorn itself into the 'inspirational' or 'coffee table' catagories either.

To be fair they've tried hard to come up with some original sights that won't be found in many other guidebooks (Rost Reef in Norway, Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow and Deception Island in Antarctica), but there are loads of really obvious ones too (Sydney Harbour, Stonehenge and Graceland, Memphis, USA). I did like the sections featuring 'Ghost Towns' and 'Most Interesting Subway Stations', but other clever chapter titles are a bit of a con - can you explain how anyone can guarantee to see St Elmo's fire or the Polar Lights in the 'Strangest Optical Illusions' section? Likewise, much as I appreciate the kitsch inclusion of Bollywood posters as a sight worth seeing, citing a gallery they can be viewed at would have been much more helpful than the cop-out generalisation of 'Mumbai'. Oh, and the index is rubbish too.

I really wanted to like this book - really and truly I did. But it falls short in so many ways. 3 stars because of the clever oragnisation and theming of the book, 2 off because I wanted more pics and information on each destination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thementalmen on 2 Oct. 2012
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Whilst the photos look great, just wish there were more of them if you wanted to make it into a coffee table book. What it feels like is a quick commercial for areas right around the world - maybe enough to wet your appetite but not enough to justify to go somewhere on the strength of this book. Bit of a curiosity this book, would feel at home in a doctor's waiting room.....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2011
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I can see what Lonely Planet are trying to achieve with this guide but unfortunately I don't think they manage too successfully to pull it off.

This guide tries to offer ideas to the traveller who would "like to see this building" or would "like to see that natural phenomenon". The guide is broken down into sections which contain a theme. A couple of examples being - Most Impressive Waterfalls, Most Visionary Architects and Their Works and Most Bizarre Monuments, and there are many more themes within. As you can see from the titles this is not your normal travel guidebook. What this attempts to do is give you ideas (quirky and the norm) of places to visit and if you have all ready booked to fly somewhere places to see in that area.

You get a short description (3 - 5 sentences or so) on the place or the building or the natural phenomenon, so that you have an idea of what you will see and the background behind it. However where this guide fails is that visually there are not enough images to inspire. Lonely Planet produce excellent travel guides, you get lots of factual information and they are known for this (you don't get lots of photos in their guides) in fact you don't expect lots of images from them. However, this type of book needs images to make the reader think "oh I'd like to go there". You also don't get that much information on the places (scanty in places).

I also found it to be quite disjointed and if you are looking for sites to see in a certain place this book doesn't really work that well. If however you are looking for something to pick up and flick through, this might be the guide to inspire you.
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