Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011 (Lonely Planet General Reference) Paperback – 22 Oct 2010
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It sounds quite interesting on paper, but the execution falls a bit short, with many of the attractions meriting just a single paragraph and no accompanying photograph. In common with other reviewers, I found some of the lists a bit arbitrary - I might have expected destinations to figure in this book based on some major cultural event or festival taking place, but this doesn't seem to be the case, with locations seemingly picked out of thin air.
The near-pocket-sized format suggests this volume is meant to be carried around, yet it doesn't contain the sort of info necessary to merit being packed - for example, there are no maps or transport information included. Assuming then, that this is designed to provide pre-trip inspiration only, I can't really work out why there aren't more pictures and the format isn't more coffee-table than compact and bijoux. A bit disappointing,really, given the previous high quality of Lonely Planet guides.
The book gives short explanation (maybe a little bit too short) about the destinations and these are accompanied with excellent photos. The size of the book is not very big so it would be very easy to take it where you are going. This guide is not as detailed as other country/city guides of LP. On the other hand, the content looks more like a reading an article on a magazine. I mean you can easily find this info on the net - provided that you spend enough time & energy..
Don't get me wrong, each entry has plenty of useful info - such as populations of places, currency, how expensive / inexpensive somewhere is, but the selection of 'ideas' seems somewhat lacking.
There are a couple of interesting travel ideas, but travelling to New Zealand to sniff 300 different roses doesn't do it for me I'm afraid - seriously, that is one of the suggested best things to travel for in 2011! (And I thought if it smelled liked a Rose...)
I also have a copy of Frommer's 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World. The Frommer's book is by far more inspirational. If the LP book aims to be inspirational it just didn't do it for me.
Sure, the top tens at the back of the book are a bit of fun, but Lonely Planet usually produce much better books that this. A shame really.
I'd advise buying 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World which, at almost the same price, is far better value for money (300 ideas vs well under 100 in 'Best in Travel 2011') and actually achieves it's aim of setting your mind off on the flights of fancy that often end up leading to the most interesting of trips.
As someone who is fond of a beer or three, the comparison of the cost of a pint being amongst the first presented facts on each resort, was certainly useful! The "Life-Changing Experience" section is interesting in listing must-do things during your visit and I also liked the quirky "what's hot and what's not" section (gee, I wonder why Ahmedinejad isn't considered hot in Israel!). There's very little on local food, night-life, customs, potential pitfalls/dangers etc though.
So, to summarise, this book certainly spreads itself very thinly, but as a taster for potential travel destinations (especially places you may not otherwise have considered), it fulfils its purpose pretty well. Some of the photos are absolutely gorgeous and can almost sell the resort on their own merit. Well worth a look!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice pics, dull copy, predictable destinations and unrealistic schedules. Could do (so much) better, there's a whole world out there!Published on 21 Nov. 2012 by R. Munro
This is a very dippable book, with top-ten lists of countries, regions and cities to visit, as well as a number of other categories - best value destinations, places to learn to... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2012 by N. Gratton
I travel quite frequently and never really have a problem picking a place to visit out of one of the fantastic places to go to on this planet, however I decided to get this book as... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2011 by Lewis Hiley
Like last year, this book is the more compact version and has 206 pages, although I preferred the bigger, more informative format they used a few years ago. Read morePublished on 10 May 2011 by Essex Girl
This is a handy sized book with similar dimensions to a DVD case.
It is full of high quality, well-chosen photographs. Read more
bit of a difficult sell this book - feels more like an advert for a visit rather that the warts and all guide you expect from lonely planet. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2011 by thementalmen
The Lonely Planet Guides have long been a mainstay for the independent traveller. If you are over 40 chances are you have at least one on your bookshelf somewhere, or have used it... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2011 by Donald Thompson
We tend to get hold of the Lonely Planet guides for wherever we are going to be holidaying as these are a wealth of excellent information. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2011 by Mrs. D. J. Smith