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Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: A Rough Guide to the World: 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences (Rough Guides Reference Titles) Paperback – 27 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184353925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843539254
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's face it, for many of us, travel is one of the key factors in giving our lives meaning. We build our year around those precious few weeks when we can make our way to some exotic destination and experience things that are different from all that we normally encounter. With Make the Most of Your Time on Earth (subtitled a Rough Guide to the World), we are offered what the publishers claim are ‘1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences’. And those familiar with the Rough Guide catalogue will know that that is no idle boast. Within this arm-straining book, we are presented (at length) with the most exhilarating travel experiences the world has to offer. Every possible diversion is on offer here, from a cool and aesthetic appreciation of exquisite architecture to pulse-raising adventure holidays. With Rough Guide’s intrepid team of specialists (always seeing things from a different angle), one can trek the Ganges or go mountain biking on some of the world's most treacherous roads in Bolivia.

Alongside the more physical adventures here, we are given the perfect guide to enjoying the ancient beauty of Venice as well as many experiences which are more off the normal tourist trail (such as snorkelling in Tanzania). The thoroughness of the book is as exhaustive as one could wish, with (for instance) fascinating detail on wildlife and festivals. And for those of us attempting to ensure that our holidays have an ethical dimension, such elements are treated with the thoroughness one would expect from this publisher. The sheer bulk of the book means that this is one for planning with rather than stuffing into a rucksack, but such pre-planning will be sheer pleasure. --Barry Forshaw

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ENGLAND The experienced professional punter - propelling boatloads of tourists along Cambridge's river Cam - speaks of the simple sensory pleasure to be found in the interaction of the firm riverbed, the massive pole (wielded with a masterful delicacy) and the punt itself, pushing against the springy upthrust of the gentle waters. Read the first page
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By G. Town on 28 Dec. 2007
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I love this book; the romantic style of writing and stunning photography makes you want to travel immediately!
There is good coverage of the whole world, including a decent section on the UK, and includes a wide variety of experiences from hang-gliding in Rio de Janeiro to ghost-hunting in York, to camel riding in Oman, and it also includes festivals.
It is beautifully presented with stunning photography and has experiences arranged by country in the index which makes navigating the book easier. It also includes an appendix with a few lines of useful information about each experience, for example a website.

This book is not one that provides much practical information for planning a trip, but is perfect to give inspiration for where to go/what to do next!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Karen on 11 Mar. 2009
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I bought this book with some Amazon birthday vouchers and am nowhere near finishing it yet! It's one of those coffee table books that you pick up and dip into just because you see it there. My main criticism is that some of the writing is in coloured font on coloured backgrounds, so not all the reviews are easy to read. Still, that's not a reason to not buy it - so if you fancy exploring some new holiday destinations before you actually go there, buy this book...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Roberts on 29 Aug. 2008
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This book is great, there is a big wide world out there and dipping into this when you have 5 minutes you are sure to find something to excite and interest you.

Obviously its not a guide book in the true sense but there are some fantastic sound bite nuggets in there that have inspired about 5 years worth of future holidays for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Doxey on 27 Aug. 2009
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I bought this book for my boyfriend for his 30th Birthday, he loves travelling and seeing new things. This book was perfect for him. It covers loads of different individual activities to do and they are all with in reach of the average holiday maker. Most travel books like this are only for the super adventurous or the avid backpacker. But this book has loads of activities that you can just do while you are out and about on holiday. I bought this book at the end of June and by August we already tried out two or three of the UK activities. Great book, interesting read and some fabulous ideas - even the kids can go on.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 29 Dec. 2008
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This book is really well written and includes some amazing photos. As an individual who has travelled to many parts of the world it was fun to tick off some of the adventures as well as inspire further trips. What is also good is the adventures are varied so for the adrenalin junkies, there is the bungee jump featured in james bond's goldeneye to tick off. For others punting the river cam in cambridge.
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