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Truly Gorgeous Getaways,
This review is from: Great Escapes: Experience the World at Your Leisure (Lonely Planet Travel Pictorial) (Hardcover)
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This is a superb book for anyone who is - unashamedly - a novice when it comes to travelling. I feel this is very important to consider, because although many of the suggestions that the author makes are can be viewed as 'mainstream' (as a previous reviewer has highlighted), to other budding travellers they are completely new experiences.
In this sense, I feel the book does an excellent job of recommending well-loved activities in unusual places. To make this even easier, the chapters are divided by the kinds of travelling that you would want to persue; including Culture, Luxe, Food and Drink, Romance, City, Chill-Out, Shoestring, Family, Wild and Party. Each chapter then has a selection of getaways that are inspired by a particular vision.
The photographs obviously play a huge part in how the book is assembled, so you're never short of food-for-thought. They are incredibly high quality and help to create a sense of the moment, as well as being a good reference point.
In short, I have nothing bad to say about this book and was pleased that it even came shrink-wrapped. As well as being a great influencer on your future travels, it has the potential to be a very nice picture book even if you just want to gaze at the photography. Some well-rounded travellers will obviously scorn at the fact that these suggestions don't take you to a tiny, unknown restaurant that serves the best fillet mignon in the world, but if you've never had the opportunity to travel as much as you would have like (either due to time or budget), then this book serves a great purpose of setting goals.