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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011 (Lonely Planet General Reference) [Paperback]

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22 Oct 2010 Lonely Planet General Reference
Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2011 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.


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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: 5.6 x 7 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for travel in 2011 11 Nov 2010
By trishthedish VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars World in miniature! 12 Dec 2010
By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book for inspiration 4 Jan 2011
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars all a matter of opinion... 17 Mar 2011
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bit of a difficult sell this book - feels more like an advert for a visit rather that the warts and all guide you expect from lonely planet. I think you could categorise it as the book similar to the guide you have with a box of chocolates - simply describing very briefly what's on offer and allowing you the choice to decide where you want to investigate further. Sure it will be a book that will live on a student's shelf before embarking on a gap year (Ghent in belgium one of the top ten cities in the world? seriously - what did I miss on that economics tour of 1994 that has made this place a mecca for tourists....)
In short a book that may simply encourage you to delve deeper into travelling or a book that will simply make you decide that you know where the fashionable sloane type people will be going so you can go elsewhere. It's all a matter of your opinion - average.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for daydreaming 3 Feb 2011
By Caroline VINE VOICE
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I don't suppose I'm the audience for this book, which features possible excursions and things to do around the world. Good for fantasy 'what if' reading but not really practical in any sense (unless you're a jet-setting travel writer). But I don't suppose that's what it's for, eh? It's good for planning trips you'll never go on and for daydreaming fantasies. It's reasonably well written with it's fair share of hyperbole.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not what is says on the can ! 27 Jan 2011
By Scott A. Mckenzie VINE VOICE
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This glossy book is really a coffee table book, not a travel guide ! The information is well presented, illustrated with excellent photography and a joy to read. Unfortunately, it's not really a practical guide to travel but more an voyeuristic view on the world. I'm not sure whether the book provides any holiday ideas of insider information but it is still a nice read - typical of the Lonely Planet Range !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint Little Book 20 Jan 2011
By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I love travel books and I particularly love this little book. I spent a very pleasant couple of hours looking it through and finding some places I ahd never thought of visiting. In depth it is not, but it does give you some brilliant short descriptions which could lead you to explore more about the area if you decided to visit. As an added bonus the pcitures and photography are spectacular, and had my feet itchingt to travel and to visit the places which were described
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are they going? 15 Dec 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I struggle to see the point of this book. The stated aim of "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" is definitely not met. The 4 or so pages per destination (of which more than half is dedicated to photos or random facts) doesn't provide sufficient information - or even appetizers - to justify its inclusion on the list. I appreciate that due to the page limitation, history, geography, culture etc. of the destination will have to give way to more colourful selling points, but for some of the entries the authors haven't bothered providing ONE reason for going there - it all just adds up to mindless babble. This would have worked well as a blog entry on Lonely Planet's website, but as a book it certainly will have no impact on my travel decisions for the coming year.

2 stars for contents and 1 for a few nice pictures and for the reasonable price tag
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Nice pics, dull copy, predictable destinations and unrealistic schedules. Could do (so much) better, there's a whole world out there!
Published 17 months ago by R. Munro
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel inspiration
This is a very dippable book, with top-ten lists of countries, regions and cities to visit, as well as a number of other categories - best value destinations, places to learn to... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by N. Gratton
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Guide but...
Lonely planet is the king of the hill when we talk about travel guides...
The book gives short explanation (maybe a little bit too short) about the destinations and these are... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars More inspiration than tour book - for the "trendy traveller".
I travel quite frequently and never really have a problem picking a place to visit out of one of the fantastic places to go to on this planet, however I decided to get this book as... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Lewis Hiley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for dipping in and out of
Like last year, this book is the more compact version and has 206 pages, although I preferred the bigger, more informative format they used a few years ago. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Essex Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars OK. More a Travel Top Ten than anything 2011 specific.
This is a handy sized book with similar dimensions to a DVD case.
It is full of high quality, well-chosen photographs. Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Pallus the Phallus
3.0 out of 5 stars Lists
The Lonely Planet Guides have long been a mainstay for the independent traveller. If you are over 40 chances are you have at least one on your bookshelf somewhere, or have used it... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2011 by Donald Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars The modern equivalent of a pin in an atlas......
We tend to get hold of the Lonely Planet guides for wherever we are going to be holidaying as these are a wealth of excellent information. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by Mrs. D. J. Smith
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