1000 Ultimate Experiences (Lonely Planet 1000 Ultimate Experiences) Paperback – 23 Oct 2009
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SheKnows, December 4, 2012 This travel tome is a one-stop shop for anyone planning his or her next exciting experience abroad or closer to home.
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So, whether you're looking for awesome treks, top works of engineering genius, riskiest travel pursuits, the best places for a cuppa, the best places to experience music, the top ten places to go skinny-dipping or the world's strangest festivals; this book really does offer up a lot of suggestions for places to visit.
And that's the book in a nutshell. It's really just there to inspire and offer up initial suggestions. This is certainly not the book to plan a holiday with, or a in-depth guide to the various destinations of the world. This book comes before them. If you fancy just sitting back and skimming through a litany of various different experiences on offer throughout the world, then this is ideal.
The book is also intriguing to look up various places that you know that you'll be visiting (or indeed where you already live) to see what experiences the 'lonely planet' guide thinks that particular destination stands out from the crowd with (Wales had five `hits' - Best Cheap Sleeps, Best Spiritual Sleeps, Best British Regional Food, 2 x Finest Walks In The UK).Read more ›
As others have said its size and format means that it's not got full coffee table, photograph gazing potential. But it's pretty enough to excite and inspire and get you list making and that's what it's for I think, and very nice it is too.
It is chock full of ideas of places to go, things to see and activities to do. And there's something here for everybody - from idyllic beach resorts to off the beaten track treks. The book is arranged into sections which includes all the usual things you'd expect such as 'Best Adventure Travel','Ultimate City Breaks' and 'Most Spectacular Natural Attractions'. But there are also some more bizarre sections such as 'Top Ten Places to Go Skinny Dipping', 'Best Cities For A James Bond Foot Chase' and 'Best Places to Don Fancy Dress'. There really is something for everyone here, you'll also find sections about extreme sports, relaxing, historical buildings, ecological holidays, boat trips, rail trips, road trips, family holidays, music, skiing, surfing ... the list goes on.
There's a good focus on food, which pleased me as eating different foods is one of my favourite things about travelling. There are sections on the best places to get street food, best places to eat in New York (I was glad to see Nathan's Hot Dog stand in Coney Island got a mention) and the best places to try local food (Doner kebab in Istanbul and pasta in Naples).
It's not all far away places either, there are quite a few sections focusing on the British Isles for people who want to stay closer to home. These include 'Best British Regional Food','Big-Ticket Britain: The Isle's Most Visited Sites' and 'Finest Walks in the UK'.
As usual with Lonely Planet guides the descriptions are accompanied by some truly amazing photos that more than anything make you want to visit the different places and take part in the experiences. The book is very well produced and looks great.
I like to keep this on the coffee table and flick through it for some ideas. Not everything in it is my cup of tea, but there's so many ideas, definitely more than I'll be able to manage!
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Got stuff in, but badly laid out making it boring to read.Published 10 months ago by susan shaw-cooper
Loved this book. Bought as a gift but I'm tempted to buy another copy for myself!Published 16 months ago by ep97
Excellent book, would never tirer of looking through the picturesPublished 22 months ago by Homertron
Good book and has a range of experiences but after looking through it I havent picked it up sincePublished on 23 July 2014 by Tango
Good visual book, ideal for flicking through & dreaming...1 day I'll go there!Published on 19 July 2014 by dianne
A nicely set out book, with some fantastic ideas that I cant wait to try and experience, or just imaginePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Justin rea