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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 1 edition (22 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742200907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200903
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By trishthedish VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2010
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I sent for this book because I am about ready to start travelling again after a period of more than 10 years without setting foot outside the UK. This little book is an excellant place to start planning from. It outlines in the beginning section the most enticing places to go next year with the helpful information of what times are best. End of March to beginning of April for Japan, for instance (its the time of the famous cherry blossom season). There are later sections explaining more things in depth and more locations, not enough that you have it all here, granted. But then this book is really meant as an introduction; if you wanted to know more about a particular destination, you would have to read further. The only thing I would add is that if you have travelled frequently in the last few years, you might presumably know a lot of this information anyway? For someone like myself though, its ideal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2010
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This is a small format book - about 7 x 6 inches - comprised entirely of 'hot-lists', including 'Best Secret Islands', 'World's Greatest Bookshops', and '10-best Things to Climb'.

It sounds quite interesting on paper, but the execution falls a bit short, with many of the attractions meriting just a single paragraph and no accompanying photograph. In common with other reviewers, I found some of the lists a bit arbitrary - I might have expected destinations to figure in this book based on some major cultural event or festival taking place, but this doesn't seem to be the case, with locations seemingly picked out of thin air.

The near-pocket-sized format suggests this volume is meant to be carried around, yet it doesn't contain the sort of info necessary to merit being packed - for example, there are no maps or transport information included. Assuming then, that this is designed to provide pre-trip inspiration only, I can't really work out why there aren't more pictures and the format isn't more coffee-table than compact and bijoux. A bit disappointing,really, given the previous high quality of Lonely Planet guides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2011
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Whether looking for inspiration for your next getway or just dream of foreign climes from your armchair, this book is for you. Living up to the high standard I've come to expect from Lonely Planet this is a small but nicely put together collection. Split into top 10 lists focussing on Top 10 countries, regions and cities there is something to inspire. Each destination is given 4 pages including a fact box, photos and around 8 small paragraphs including an introduction, defining experience, festivals and events and random facts and thus offers a tiny taster of each place. It is a smaller and cheaper addition to the LP collection and whilst is not as useful as their guidebooks nor as magnificent as their coffee table tomes, is still worthwhile for anyone dreaming of exotic, and not so exotic, locations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Fat Monk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2010
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I have to say I was a little disappointed by this diminutive quide - not only is it a small, short book, but it just doesn't feel up to Lonely Planet's usual high standard.

Don't get me wrong, each entry has plenty of useful info - such as populations of places, currency, how expensive / inexpensive somewhere is, but the selection of 'ideas' seems somewhat lacking.

There are a couple of interesting travel ideas, but travelling to New Zealand to sniff 300 different roses doesn't do it for me I'm afraid - seriously, that is one of the suggested best things to travel for in 2011! (And I thought if it smelled liked a Rose...)

I also have a copy of Frommer's 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World. The Frommer's book is by far more inspirational. If the LP book aims to be inspirational it just didn't do it for me.

Sure, the top tens at the back of the book are a bit of fun, but Lonely Planet usually produce much better books that this. A shame really.

I'd advise buying 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World which, at almost the same price, is far better value for money (300 ideas vs well under 100 in 'Best in Travel 2011') and actually achieves it's aim of setting your mind off on the flights of fancy that often end up leading to the most interesting of trips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
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Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through this colourful little book, it certainly is a bit of a tease! Each destination is granted a scanty 2½ pages or so (plus photos) in which to tout its wares. This is clearly insufficient and yet it serves its purpose in whetting your appetite just enough to do some further research.

As someone who is fond of a beer or three, the comparison of the cost of a pint being amongst the first presented facts on each resort, was certainly useful! The "Life-Changing Experience" section is interesting in listing must-do things during your visit and I also liked the quirky "what's hot and what's not" section (gee, I wonder why Ahmedinejad isn't considered hot in Israel!). There's very little on local food, night-life, customs, potential pitfalls/dangers etc though.

So, to summarise, this book certainly spreads itself very thinly, but as a taster for potential travel destinations (especially places you may not otherwise have considered), it fulfils its purpose pretty well. Some of the photos are absolutely gorgeous and can almost sell the resort on their own merit. Well worth a look!
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