Great Escapes: Experience the World at Your Leisure (Lonely Planet Pictorials) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2013
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Passport Magazine, December 2013
Like a siren s song transformed into imagery, Lonely Planet s glossy photo-packed "Great Escapes" will irresistibly beckon you . . .
Alaskan Apple Users Group Blog, November 26, 2013
Imagine yourself going on 75 escapes that truly would be beyond fulfilling and you have an idea of this book s potential.
Tango Diva, November 19, 2013
"Great Escapes" is a masterful collaboration of like-minded writers and photographers who believe travel, like the air we breathe, is essential to life. . . . Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to be inspired.
GeekDad, November 12, 2013
If you re looking for a great coffee table book to inspire your next actual vacation or virtual one, "Great Escapes" is a fantastic choice.
Publishers Weekly, October 25, 2013
A celebration of travel with a look at the world s best getaways.
Denver Post, October 9, 2013
From a luxury spa treatment in Bali, to rhino-watching wilderness expeditions and meditative retreats in a monastery in Mallorca, the latest travel guide from Lonely Planet offers globetrotting ideas that promise to help readers reassess, recharge and inspire tired souls.
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With 4 pages for most journeys with over half of that being dedicated to pictures, the information is succinct and thus is best seen as a great source of inspiration rather than a guide to any specific place. Each section follows the same format and I especially like the maps showing the key locations, essential experiences whilst there and the plan it/detour options to help make the most of your time in the region.
From an Escape to Ecuador's Cloudforest to One Night in Tokyo; Sleeping out on the Kenyan Savannah to Waltzing away a Weekend in Vienna, there is something for everyone. Unfortunately I noticed quite a few typos whilst reading this book and this detracted from what is otherwise a quality product.
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.
In the introduction the author states that "... you will find ideas to inspire your next short break, or an interlude during a longer trip. These exciting experiences share the common thread of enjoyment and difference, a way to break up life's routine with something special, something out of the ordinary." Unfortunately for me the book didn't live up to this statement. Far too many of the suggestions seemed pretty mainstream to me, and overall there was not a lot which would have inspired me to visit a place that I didn't already know from other sources.
Take the first suggestion, Chicago, in the section entitled Culture where the suggested essential experiences are listed as the Art Institute, touring Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio, watching a game at Wrigley Field and taking in a blues club. Nothing wrong with any of that but it is the sort of thing that you would find suggested on any number of free websites or travel brochures.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have read a lot of travel books is has some good info in here.
There is better layouts of books but good read
A beautifully presented book-great pictures and easy to read snippets to give you a good holistic view of the places suggested as 'Great Escapes'. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by Bryony
An absolutely stunning book, the photography is breathtaking in places and the descriptions/information on each of the chosen locations was inspirational. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by L. Thompson
This is a monster of a book, definitely not a pocket travel guide! Filled with so many great places that I won't be short of holiday destinations for many years to come! Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by E. H.
This book is full of those beautiful places that make me wish I were a millionaire and could travel anywhere at any time I wanted. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Blackcatlover
"Great Escapes: A Collection of the World's Most Gorgeous Getaways" is, as the title suggests, a guide to some (truly beautiful) travel destinations, authored by the Lonely Planet... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Melanie Pratt
I gave this book as a Christmas present and it is clear from their reaction that they are EXTREMELY impressed by my good taste. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2014 by Bantam Dave