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The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet Travel Book) Hardcover – 17 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (17 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741792118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741792119
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 4 x 36 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Flavorwire October 2010" it's the stunningly selected images by a cadre of Lonely Planet's best photographers that capture the charisma of each destination."

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mrsb2011 on 7 July 2013
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book and cannot rate it high enough! I am an avid traveller and am always excited to get my hands on a new travel book. This is far by my favourite of any travel books I have read, what makes it even better is how the book has been presented. It has beautiful photographs of over 200 countries in the world. If you didn't want to visit anywhere before you got your hands on this, you certainly will once you have read it!

I like this book as it runs through countries alphabetically and not by grouping them together, I find that this makes it smoother to read and if you do choose to read this as a fiction book then you get a surprise on the turning of every page.

This book allows you to get a `taster' for the country on the page identifying facts and stats as well as having photographs that draw you in. I have come across countries in this book that I had never even thought about visiting, but I found it so inspiring they have become a part of my `countries to visit' list. The book also has sections on the countries for you to get a more in depth opinion on it. Called `under the skin' this allows you to read about what you may hear there, watch, drink, eat and `in a word'. There is also a section on when to visit the country - always useful when you a planning a visit!

I always keep this book out on the coffee table when I have guests and so far I have not come across any who have been able to resist a peek at it. Once they have done, they fall in love with the book and rave to me about it afterwards.

As lonely planet go, I am not a big fan of their individual country guides/books, however I absolutely love their big books which capture the moment in the photograph and make you wish you were there.

I would urge everyone to purchase this book as once you have you would not regret it, mine is currently sitting on my coffee table stuffed with post it notes on pages I wish to now visit.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2010
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This is a review of the Second Edition, first published September 2010 which replaces the First Edition of 2004. Apparently it has been 100% re-written and updated with totally new photographs, so it is a thoroughly new book in effect, and not to be confused with the First Edition (which is still on sale). The two editions, while similar in style, are comprehensively different from one another, and any review posted before September 2010 is likely to refer to the First Edition. I just wish Amazon could separate the two for reviewing purposes! They are not the same!

I'm rating this 5 stars because it's exactly what I wanted and expected - but that does not necessarily mean that it's the perfect travel guide. I wanted something for my children to use over the years to learn about all of the countries of the world, at least in outline terms, and this does exactly that very satisfactorily. But to call it a Travel Book is possibly misleading, because at 4kg it's not something you would want to carry around with you on holiday (or even take with you in the first place) and as a comprehensive guide to planning your holiday in advance, it has to be said that the information provided for any given country is pretty light and of limited use. Since every country is allocated the same page space (two), most of which is taken up with beautiful photographs, you are then left with less than half a page of text to summarise a complete nation. It has to be said that this information, while interesting at all times, will be of limited use to the would-be traveller.

But what you do get, if looked at a different way, is an absolute gold-mine of information for the world as a whole - and I really do mean all of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kay at 3HBC on 17 Aug. 2013
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I gave this book to a colleague who was thinking about travelling somewhere and she loved it . it is not a book to take with you but helps with the initial "where shall I go ? " . excellent value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Langdon on 15 Nov. 2010
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The usual high quality Lonely Planet photos and humour mixed with basic information (things to see, do, eat, etc.) spread across more than four hundred gloriously large glossy pages make this the ideal reading material for the traveller looking to stave off a bout of wanderlust, or to serve as inspiration for your next holiday.

This is a book that you will dip into time and again. A true must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lottie on 25 Sept. 2014
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It does have every country in the world, of course the information is basic but its a great coffee table book or makes the perfect present for someone who loves travelling or is thinking about travelling. It will make you want to explore every country in the world. The photos in the book are lovely though I did disagree with some of the photo choices that were made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luthilu on 31 July 2013
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It's a beautiful book, great talking point and an inspiration for anyone to want to travel more.

Love the 'random fact' for each country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P Grainger on 14 Mar. 2014
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I bought this for my girlfriend for Christmas. We both love travelling and I thought it would be great to find out about the best places to go to and give me inspiration. However I got bored of it really quickly, I suppose when you can find out pretty much anything on the internet it makes this kind of book a bit obsolete. I kind of wish I didn't buy it now, it was a bit of an impulse.

The Good
- It's amazing value, I don't know how they make it for this price.
- Some of the pictures look amazing.
- It tells you when to go
- I trust lonely planet...a bit anyway.

The Bad
- It's a little too big, it's hard to keep anywhere out of the way
- There is nothing new in it.
- I would like more ideas, I think the book about great adventures or great trips would have been better.
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