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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: 15.2 x 1.3 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,370 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 Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2011
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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 accompanied with excellent photos. The size of the book is not very big so it would be very easy to take it where you are going. This guide is not as detailed as other country/city guides of LP. On the other hand, the content looks more like a reading an article on a magazine. I mean you can easily find this info on the net - provided that you spend enough time & energy..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thementalmen on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline VINE VOICE on 3 Feb 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Mckenzie VINE VOICE on 27 Jan 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan 2011
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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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