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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013: The best trends, destinations, journeys & experiences for the upcoming year (Lonely Planet Travel Reference) [Paperback]

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23 Oct 2012 Lonely Planet Travel Reference

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

The best places to go and things to do all around the world right now! Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet's staff, authors and online community, we present a year's worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.


  • Lonely Planet ranks the top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit in 2013.
  • The best travel experiences for the year ahead, from enjoying Europe's latest City of Culture in Slovakia to touring Addis Ababa, Africa's rising star.
  • Over 35 events mapped out month by month in the 2013 travel planner.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Brett Atkinson, Sarah Baxter, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Joe Bindloss, Abigail Blasi, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Laura Crawford, Leslie Davisson, Tom Hall, Amy Karafin, Shawn Low, Emily Matchar, Craig McLachlan, Carolina Miranda, Kate Morgan, Brandon Presser, Tim Richards, Brendan Sainsbury, Dan Savary Raz, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Tamara Sheward, Oliver Smith, Caroline Veldhuis, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Luke Waterson, Tony Wheeler, Rob Whyte, Rafael Wlodarski, and Karla Zimmerman.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

"Beautiful to look at and fun to read, Lonely Planet's roundup is a must-own." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, USA

"When Lonely Planet talks the rest of the world listens. That's why tourist boards all over the world await its top 10 lists with bated breath - inclusion practically guarantees a bumper year." IRISH INDEPENDENT, IRELAND

"As someone who loves travelling - and even the prospect of planning my next trip - this compact guide was a real treat. The sumptuous photographs alone?were enough to transport me momentarily into holiday mode." NZ HERALD

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (23 Oct 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1742209998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742209999
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.9 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Lonely Planet's 'Best In Travel 2013' book is a relatively small travel book that compiles what it thinks are the very best ideas and suggestions for places to visit and experiences to try out from across the globe. Lonely Planet are very well-respected producers of travel books, travel guides and the like. With such a wealth of experience and expertise, this puts them in the prime position to produce such an up-to-date book compiling the best the world has to offer in trends, destinations, journeys and experiences to try out in 2013.

The book starts out by ranking what it deems are the top ten countries to visit in 2013. Each country that makes this Top Ten ranking is give four pages in which a brief outline of why that particular country made it to that ranking, along with some basic facts on the country in question. The Top Ten countries are (1) Sri Lanka (2) Montenegro (3) South Korea (4) Ecuador (5) Slovakia (6) Solomon Islands (7) Iceland (8) Turkey (9) Dominican Republic (10) Madagascar.

Following this the book ranks what it deems are the top ten regions to visit in 2013. Once again it's the same sort of affair, with four pages given over to detailing the region and why it made the top ten. These are (1) Corsica, France (2) The Negev, Israel (3) Mustang, Nepal (4) The Yukon, Canada (5) Chachapoyas & Kuelap, Peru (6) The Gulf Coast, USA (7) Carinthia, Austria (8) Palawan, The Philippines (9) Inland Sea, Japan (10) Campania, Italy.

Following this the book ranks what it deems are the top ten cities to visit in 2013. And again it's again the same set-up over four pages for each entry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational ! 21 Nov 2012
By Duncurin VINE VOICE
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This terrific little book seeks to enlighten the holidaymaker who is looking for suggestions and inspiration for next year's holiday. There's an eclectic mix of unusual destinations and more familiar ones, that it approaches from a different angle. I was surprised to find Turkey for instance, but enjoyed the slant that the book adopted. The other fact that is interwoven through the book is the 'go now' exhortation before some of these destinations take on a very different character. I remember visiting Ayia Napa more than a few years ago and thought what a quiet sleepy village it was!

I really enjoyed the discussion on the Yukon and Nepal, though I must confess that I'd probably bottle out on a trip to Addis Ababa, Also couldn't help but think that the delights of Vancouver has the edge over Montreal (though the fantastic jet-boating on the St Lawrence River could have done with a mention).
At the end of the book is a collection of holiday themes for those whose holidays are very specific - such as go in search of snakes or elephants or bike hire schemes! My instinct with this would have been to change it subtly with a section on "TryThis!" and then to follow this up with say 50 quick suggestions to challenge, motivate and stimulate.
This format will also lend itself to ski guides and though I haven't researched it I'm sure that Lonely Planet have this covered.

Most importantly, this little guide does what little guides do best. It provides a perfect format with nice glossy pictures and 'punchy' text so that one can gain a quick overview by simply flicking through the pages over a cup of coffee: then if something catches one's eye, a more detailed internet search is always available. I appreciate that tablets and e-books seek to occupy this territory, but I agree with the authors who hold that there is plenty of mileage in guides like this and this fact is demonstrated here with aplomb. Many Thanks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed! 25 Nov 2012
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This Lonely Planet book is a true gem and will make an excellent small gift for anyone interested in travel. It's slightly smaller than A5 format and runs to just over 200 pages. This edition celebrates 40 years of travel with Lonely Planet and the key components of the book are; the Top 10 Countries; Top 10 Regions; Top 10 Cities and; Top Travel lists (examples of which include; best-value destinations; best places to do something new; and; best places to hunt for buried treasure (and there are many more)) plus; there is also a travel planner highlighting various festivals etc. on a month by month basis at various destinations.

The book is well printed on glossy paper with lots of good quality photographs and is punctuated by some offbeat but very interesting facts, such as the world's oddest food museums. For example, did you know there is a European Asparagus Museum in Bavaria?

Obviously in any book which attempts to suggest "Top Tens" of anything there will be places that readers will feel should or shouldn't have been included. However, true to form, Lonely Planet have produced a compelling little book that will stimulate your desire to explore whether from your armchair, or, by physically going to some of the places it covers.

Top marks to Lonely Planet for their research, writing and presentation - this book is a bargain and I predict it will look very well thumbed in a short period of time - I love it. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Varied Source of Ideas 30 Jan 2013
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For many years the Lonely Planet imprint has been one of the more successful and useful ranges of travel guides. However, clearly over the last year or two there has been an effort to expand the scope of Lonely Planet books to include a wider range from glossy coffee table type offerings to more general or peripheral travel related items. This Best in Travel book falls into the latter category.

I am reasonably well travelled, so I always enjoy this sort of book, whether large hardback, or compact paper back as this one is, as a source of new ideas and inspiration. This certainly has a large range of new ideas from around the world. It is divided into various sections - top 10 countries, top 10 regions, top 10 cities and then various other listings. Some are intuitively obvious such as Best Value Destinations, whilst others are somewhat offbeat such as the Best Places to Get a Tattoo or Snakes Alive which is a list of the best places to go for snake lovers!

Because of the large number of destinations covered in a couple of hundred pages this really just gives an overview and brief coverage of why you should consider going there. However, it is an excellent starting point which is presumably what it is intended to be. If anywhere particularly takes your fancy, and with this lengthy list, there should be at least a few, you will need to go on and research the practicalities of a visit. Generally a visit should be feasible to nearly all these places, but I, for one, will not be rushing to see Islamabad any time soon and at $200,000, Outer Space is just a little beyond most travel budgets!
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