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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203961
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,762,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a full-time travel writer, contributing to newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK and worldwide. My specialities are the USA< UK< France and Greece.

I also write about food and drink for the travel pages, covering vineyards in Greece and New Zealand, breweries in Belgium and Britain, restaurants in Paris, a chocolate shop in Lyon, the biggest wine cellar in the world (in Florida), interviewing an English sommelier in Paris, and sipping my way through the Champagne region of France, the distilleries of Cognac and the sherry bodegas of Jerez (no spitting). I invented the Time for Food series for Thomas Cook (purely so that I could go to places like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam and get paid for eating and drinking there).

I write specifically about spirits and have contributed to the US drinks magazine, Chilled, and publish my own website about vodka: http://the-vodka-guy.com.

Combining music and travel is another love: I have written pieces about Bob Marley, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.

More exotic travels have taken me camel-trekking in the Sinai Desert (right), walking in the Great Rift Valley, learning to jive in Barcelona, looking for orang-utans in Sumatra, staying with a farming family in China and sampling a naturist holiday on Crete (photos available at a price).

I have also written or contributed to over 30 guidebooks, especially on Greece, France and the USA. In addition, I've written three radio plays for the BBC, presented a half-hour radio travel programme about Egypt, written fiction and humour for men's magazines, written a crime novel (Strip till Dead) and even written an erotic novel. I may be the only writer to have contributed both to Mayfair (I was in the same issue as Bill Bryson) and to The Baptist Times. Not to mention a few minutes of the UK's favourite TV soap, Coronation Street, when my father was a scriptwriter on the programme.

I also write regularly now for the internet. My wife Donna Dailey and I are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website (http://www.101holidays.co.uk/usa) and we also publish and write our own travel content websites about America's Pacific Coast Highway (http://www.Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com), Beyond London Travel (http://www.beyond-london-travel.com), and about Greece (http://www.Greece-Travel-Secrets.com).

You can find out more about me and my current activities on my personal website, where I also interview travel writers and give travel writing advice: http://www.mikegerrard.net.

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Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel writer who has written guides to Athens, the Greek mainland, the Greek Islands and Corfu. His travel journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The Times and The Washington Post.

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By TheSkyEye on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
As a standard, everything that comes from National Geographic is really good! I love the maps in the book, they are accurate, not clustered and readable! Recommendations are great. Of course I wanted a more extended chapter on Northen Greece where I was visiting, but as a guide for the whole country - its great!
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National Geographic Traveler: Greece, 3rd Edition 1 Jan. 2011
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Needed a good guide book for Greece. This one is the most complete one on the market today! Thanks!
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National Geographic Traveler Review 19 Feb. 2010
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Format: Paperback
Curiosity Killed the Cat; What Killed the Traveler?
National Geographic Traveler
When traveling to a new place, most of the time people use a guide to help them decide where to go, what to do, where to stay, or how to get around. National Geographic is one such company that publishes travel guides as well as magazines and documentaries about countries, animals, science and nature. When most people think of National Geographic Traveler, they think of safaris, beautiful jungles, and amazing destinations to visit. It is not surprising to assume that National Geographic has the best travel guides out there with guides on every country, if only that were true.
When looking at the National Geographic Traveler travel guides, it would be wrong to say that it is not visually appealing. Just like everything else about National Geographic, the cover, the photography, the page layouts, and the colors are all aesthetically pleasing and eye-catching. The colors of the pictures are very vibrant and beautiful with just the right amount of pictures that won't overload the traveler. The writing in the travel guides is descriptive and alluring. When describing the recommended cities and sights, the guide is written with details about the visual aspects of the cities as well its geography, mentioning adjacent locations. The size of the guides is very useful. They are small enough to carry yet large enough to be able to read and look at the maps.
The organization of the National Geographic Traveler is exceptional. The front cover of the guide folds out into a full country map. Each travel guide, regardless of what country it is, first gives historical information, which then leads into the "Food and Drink" section discussing the cuisine of that culture. Next, it moves on to discuss cultural traditions and norms as well as the arts. Following that, the guides then recommend different cities to visit within the country. In the different sights, the guide provides traveler information like contact information, hours of operation, prices, and other useful information for a traveler. In the back of guide there is an assortment of recommended hotels where travelers can stay and restaurants to dine at, as well as entertainment options, all of which come with a price indicator. There is also information about emergency numbers, currency exchange, information on weather, best seasons to visit the country and what to pack, and an entire section on how to get around whether it is by car, train, bus, or walking. The inside of the back cover of the guide folds out to reveal a map of the metro system in the major city like the metro system in Athens, Greece for example. The organization of the travel guides is extremely helpful and useful for any kind of traveler.
As far as for whom the National Geographic Traveler guides are meant for, it is not hard to say that they are generally targeted towards young adults including student travelers and families of different budgets. For example, the Greece travel guide provides different excursions and activities in different cities that would be appealing for both students and families like boat rides or archeological digs. The Germany guide recommends cycling through the Moselle Valley. The wide range of prices appeals to a variety of budgets. The student traveler would find hotels that are for seventy dollars or lower and for those who can spend more, there are hotels that are up to $240 or more. The price of the National Geographic Traveler guides depends on the size of the guides and is roughly twenty-seven dollars. Though the price may be a little high for a student traveler, the information can be worth it, depending on the country that someone is traveling to however. Which brings this review to discuss something of National Geographic Traveler that most people would not expect.
There are some issues with National Geographic Traveler that would probably, and hopefully, make someone rethink their decision of buying National Geographic Traveler guides. The biggest problem is that there is a lack of consistency between the guides. When looking at the travel guide for Greece, for example it looked like a quality travel guide, and for Greece it actually is. The travel guide is four hundred pages with beautiful pictures, detailed descriptions of the cities in Greece, and Greek historical sights for travelers to visit. In the back of the book there is a long list of translated words, phrases, sentences that are very useful. Now that's all fine, but when compared to the travel guide for Germany, there is no such translation list. Not only that, but the size of the Peru guide, which only has a small list of translated words doesn't even compare in size with the Greece or Germany guides, yet the price is only a dollar less. This would make one think that either National Geographic did not research the country enough or there is not enough to see in Peru, presumably the former. When looking at the Germany guide, the hotel prices are nowhere near the prices of the hotels and restaurants in Greece. Granted, they are two different countries, it still seems that not the same research was done for Germany than what was done for the Greece guide. Inconsistency is not something that should be in travel guides.
Another problem with National Geographic Traveler is its scarcity. When visiting a bookstore to search for the different countries covered by National Geographic Traveler it is not uncommon for many of the countries that the guides' list to not be found. When looking for the travel guide for Spain, the only one that can be found in the bookstore was the travel guide for Barcelona. There are even guides about certain cities, but not on the country those specific cities are in. For example, there is a London guide, but there is no guide on England. Sometimes people need to go online to a website like Amazon.com to find travel guides that the bookstore may not carry like the National Geographic Traveler Italy. Not only that, but the amount of country/city guides that National Geographic Traveler has is nothing in comparison to Insight Travel Guides that has over one hundred guides of different cities and countries.
When searching for a good quality travel guide, there are many factors that come in to play. The travel guide needs to be visually appealing, the money needs to be reasonable, the descriptions have to be detailed, and there needs to be important information for travelers like contact information, methods of transportation, maps, hotels and restaurants, entertainment options, and price ranges. However, because of the inconsistency and scarcity with National Geographic Traveler's guides of each country and the similar price ranges, is it worth it when it seems like some countries lack information that other guides don't? That's not to say that the information that is in the guide is insufficient, but consistency with the amount of information in all the different countries is not something that National Geographic seems to have a hold on which prevents the guides from being the best guides out there.
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