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VINE VOICEon 27 December 2013
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Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures is 349 pages of fun. In full colour, the look is like a magazine with page after page of glossy photos and info. It's a heavy book, but with its short, squat size, it's perfect to hold or throw in the back of your bag for a days adventure.

The table of contents is broken down into dozens of subjects helping the reader to narrow down their specific interest. Topics range from Sensational Snowshoe Escapades to Best Surf Breaks for Beginners; from Ultimate Border Crossings to Iconic European Adventures. They even have Best Adventures in the Buff, Girls Only Adventures, Family Friendly Adventures and even Rousing Reads for Armchair Adventurers. You may think this last category is a cop out, but actually, it's pretty helpful. It gives 10 excellent travel books, some you may already know, but several are perhaps more obscure with older copyrights yet extremely interesting.

Adventures range, on average, between 2 and 4 pages with at least 1 excellent color photo paired with almost every adventure topic (best armchair reads and adventure movies didn't seem to have photos). So what's covered with each topic? To me, the copy feels very much like what you find in a magazine covering The 10 Best... Each topic has around 10 suggestions. Though info is obviously given as to why it's listed here, you won't get details about how to get there, costs on travel, hotels, etc. But don't get my wrong, this is not a bare bones travel guide, either. Each blurb highlights the adventure found, be it kayaking in Greenland or riding the rails in Russia. Underneath each blurb is a little bonus info such as useful websites or how experienced an adventurer you need to be to attempt this adventure.

Whether you're planning an adventure for yourself or just like dreaming of one, Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures is an excellent resource as well as a great book to keep on your coffee table and flip through whenever you want to escape the monotony of your everyday life.
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VINE VOICEon 16 January 2014
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This is a jack of all trades book. To my mind it does well as a coffee table book or a present for folks aiming to travel. The adventures range from well off the beaten track to popular recommendations. There is very little to else aside from a description of the adventure, like a blurb from a travellogue. It is slightly off putting as well to have a list of 10 adventures for a chosen theme and having around 2-3 pictures for the list (too bad for the ones on the list which didn't get a picture)

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it like all of the other Lonely Planet offerings But this effort felt very glib compared to the rival 501 series.
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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2013
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Lonely planet guides are excellent and this addition to their range is no exception. There are 1000 adventures split into categories like caves, tall buildings, highest treks, family friendly etc...

Note this isn't an extreme adventure guide which you might think by taking a glance at the cover. Some are extreme adventures but others like tall buildings are just cool things to tick off a list as done. Thus this book is suitable for more than just the adrenaline junkie and has plenty to offer almost anyone, to those that have kids, like trekking, water activities, natural history etc...

As you can imagine 1000 adventures sounds like a lot, but in the case of things like tall buildings, it's just a list of the tallest buildings in the world, thus you'll have some extremely obvious adventures that you might feel waste the space as you can find a list of tall buildings on a site like wikipedia. There are plenty of good tips throughout the book and it's a great one for the coffee table.
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VINE VOICEon 6 January 2014
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This book has a great range of "adventures" to suit a wide range of activities from the tourist looking for something a bit different to the most hardcore professional adventurers. I was expected there to be lots of really difficult things that I would never even contemplate doing in it. There are, but there are some that I have already done (to my great surprise), quite a few that I had thought of doing, and more importantly lots of great ideas. There really are enough ideas in here to last ten lifetimes even if you could bring yourself to do just one of the hardest categories. Some great ideas though and great value when you think that there are maybe at least 50 pages in it that could change your life.
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VINE VOICEon 8 January 2014
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Lonely Planet does do this kind of thing well. What a collection of fantastic, inspiring ideas combined with beautiful photography of wild, spectacular and out of the way places. I NEED to travel more.
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on 31 January 2016
This book makes me a better person! Its got so many awesome ideas for trips and places to see in the world that it may very well change your life. That may seem a little overblown, but having a book to at least get ideas on what is out there in the world is awesome and allows me to plan ever better adventures. On the negative side the book does end up costing you a fortune as you add more and more places to your travel list. In summation, thanks Lonely planet, I look forward to your next list of awesome adventures!
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Over the last 25 years, possibly longer, there has been a boom in action packed pastimes as a craze of thrill seeking for its own sake has swept Britain and other parts of the world, and the venues for participants have become increasingly far flung and exotic. Thrill seekers were first attracted to abseiling, canyoning, white water rafting etc., but their craving for ever more outlandish adventure has led to more extreme exploits, and far from nearby locations they now travel to distant places in mountains, rivers, deserts, caves etc.

For even longer than 25 years Lonely Planet has been the world's leading travel authority publishing guidebooks and magazines catering for adventurous explorers with limited budgets. `1000 Ultimate Adventures' combines pastimes with places, and is a superb stepping-stone to motivate readers to move from dreaming to planning, and from planning to embarking on what are referred to as `ultimate itineraries'. In 350 pages there are 1,000 suggestions relating to every part of the world, on land and sea, underground and in the air, from equatorial to polar. In addition to providing brief details of each adventurous undertaking there are occasional quoted experiences of individuals going before, using their exploits as challenging to equal or do better.

`1000 Ultimate Adventures' is printed on good quality semi-gloss paper with easy to read text, with colour coded tags to identify different sections, and with a comprehensive index. Excellent spectacular photographs are in glorious colour, page-setting is attractive, and `boxed sections' are incorporated for clarity. There are up to half a dozen `adventures' per double page with selective coverage, but brevity does not mean inadequacy, and every word seems well chosen to inspire readers. From armchair aficionados to extreme activists there is something for everyone.
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on 29 January 2015
Worth the money. A good present for a student or someone turning 18 or 21 and ready for a bit of adventure. However it is very similar to other adventure or make the most of living/travel books so if you already have many like it maybe pass on another.
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VINE VOICEon 11 January 2014
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great book full of ideas for trips and adventures to make your bucket list. compact but heavy book, for sure a good coffee table book. the book has great info which is to be expected as well as amazing photos.
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on 3 August 2015
Really enjoy flicking through this time and time again! Managed to tick off a couple already and it's given me new ideas to go explore next.
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