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A good resource for the undecided
on 15 January 2014
I didn't know what to think about this guide when I first received it. The format is a little different from that of guides I'm familiar with. Rather than focus on a particular country or city it selects a series of destinations it considers highlights for the coming year and divides them up by top tens for countries, regions and cities. It also has themed sections such as "best value destinations", "the cats meow" and "best adventure travel". All are covered in basic detail rather than the in depth format that's standard for the standard destination guides. You couldn't plan a trip in detail with this guide but it could be useful for those with too many options to narrow it down to something that would form the basis of a plan.
It's all presented in Lonely Planets informal style, replete with decent colour photographs and snippets of interesting information. So, whilst I was initially dubious of the value of the guide, by the end of reading I was looking at destinations I might not have considered previously. Not a bad effort at all.