The Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel series are to be seen clutched in many tourists hands across the world, and rightly so. If Travel: Where to Go When
(edited by Craig Doyle) is designed to be pored over at home rather taken en voyage
that has allowed the publishers to produce a handsome, large-scale volume guaranteed to set you dreaming of exotic faraway places.
This is the perfect holiday planner, concentrating on the world's most desirable travel locations, with specific attention paid to when it is best to visit them. The team of consultants (acting under Doyle's expert direction) have provided a series of concise and informative essays on everything from the wonders of the Galapagos Islands to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, and from the mule trails of the Cinque Terre to the highly civilised streets of Boston, USA. The latter destination is a good example of precisely what the book does well: pithy, not-a-word-wasted essays giving all the essential information on the destination, with a sidebar on the left of the page detailing how to get there, suggested accommodation and restaurants along with all the information about the weather you're likely to need (the latter is particularly useful -- how often have you seen abroad tourists either underdressed or overdressed, not having done their homework?). On the right hand side of the large, eye-catching spreads are historical details -- never couched in dry prose, just a concise and lively presentation of the facts. A major plus, of course, is the sumptuous photography; everything from a brightly painted, flower-bedecked skeleton at the Mexican Day of the Dead to a glowingly lit night canal in Amsterdam does perfect justice to its subject. --Barry Forshaw
"Lavishly illustrated with inspiring colour photographs, it guides you through the year, suggesting the ideal destinations month-by-month."
-- The Daily Mail
"the perfect seasonal present for the armchair traveller" -- The Sunday Telegraph