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And here's the list. Everywhere. In one comprehensive volume. Defining everywhere was no easy task. Jotting down the 192 member states of the United Nations was the easy part; deciding which other destinations to include provoked much spirited debate and food for thought. We're very proud of this book, an all-consuming project that has involved huge input from authors, staff, photographers and experts from around the globe. Like any serious addiction, the travel bug requires constant attention. If, like me, you consider travel to be an important part of your life, then this book will be bad news - it shows us that no matter how far we travel, there's always further to go. At Lonely Planet we believe passionately in the power of independent travel to transform travellers and the communities to which they travel. Bringing respect, sensitivity, curiosity and a generous dose of humour to the travel experience is enormously important, and we hope this book acts not just as a reference tool, but also as a valuable introduction to a better travel experience. Travel is the world's most important business, but it means far more than just money and employment. It is through travel that we go out and meet the world and the world cornes to meet us. So open The Travel Book and dive inside - my bet is that soon you'll want to turn the printed experience into a real one.


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Good snapshot for trip ideas 21 août 2013
Par Andy G - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is an awful travel guide, and you would never want to take it with you. But that's not it's purpose. Instead it shows a spread for each country, and gives a few trip planning ideas of must see things to do. This might be the opposite of finding new places off the beaten path, but the pictures give a good glimpse of what that country may look like. Flipping through it, you can quickly get an idea of some countries you may want to visit that you otherwise knew nothing about, and then be able to look for real travel guides for the details you need.
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The Travel Book 9 janvier 2011
Par Spider Monkey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
`The Travel Book' is a stunning coffee table book from Lonely Planet which showcases 229 countries with bright, inspiring images and various facts and figures of note. This isn't the kind of book you read from cover to cover, but rather one you dip into at odd moments and it's large size means it will look incredible laid out on a table top for guests to browse through.

Each country is given a two page spread which features an array of images (usually one large image and three - four smaller images), a paragraph introducing the country, info on the capital, population, land area and language, before looking at best times to visit, things to see and do, resources of things to explore to find out more about each country (things to read, listen, watch, eat and drink), typical things that epitomise the country in question and a random fact to interest you. It also includes a map of the country and surrounding nations.

The photography is incredible throughout and after flicking through the countries I have personally visited I found them to be fairly representative. This is a great way to inspire you to visit particular locations and I soon became engrossed with flicking through each page and soaking up the info on offer. The only problem with this format is that small countries get equal coverage to large countries and when a country is as vast and diverse as, say the United States or China, the imagery doesn't do true justice to how varied the country truly is. This is a minor niggle with the format though and one that is hard to counter in a book of this size and type.

All in all this book serves to whet your appetite to make you want to visit some of the stunning places around the world and it will introduce you to some of the lesser known countries as well. It is well laid out and informative and makes for a delightful coffee table book for your home or, alternatively, office environment.

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Lavish print quality, average to above average reviews 10 février 2011
Par Chick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I was psyched to purchase this book, being a wanderluster with a penchant for the uncommon road. I think the choice of photos reflected a desire to portray the uncommon backroad, hidden, less-traveled path. But I was disappointed with some of the written editorial and photo choices with the countries to which I relate. My Albanian friend disliked the Albania spread because the individuals portrayed consistently throughout all photos were only from the country, I disliked the South Korea and Brasil pages. I felt the descriptions of food and photo choices were limited & mundane. (Even the typical Carnaval photo was dull. I've been to Salvador & Rio Carnavals and were stunned that even modern media couldn't capture the brilliant creativity & playfulness of Carnaval floats.) That's what disappointed me when I was so eager to open the book, some of its limited & cliched descriptions.
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The Travel Book - (Lonely Planet) 29 octobre 2010
Par BlogOnBooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
It's a great big world that deserves a great big book. In fact, at 14.2 x 10.6 inches and weighing in at 8.2 pounds, the latest edition of Lonely Planet's "The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World" has got to be the largest travel book ever.

The good news is that this edition covers every single country on the planet - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - with a double spread featuring several characteristic photos and an information template covering the best time to visit, top things to see and do as well as a survey of what to read, eat, drink as well as basic data points (population, capital, etc.) and a random fact on each territory. Given the large scale format, the emphasis is on photos, though the selections lean more towards indigenous people over scenic landmarks.

The bad news is that the self imposed limits of two pages per country only serve to whet one's appetite for more information on any country that piques one's interest. (A lead in for Lonely Planet's full series of travel guides perhaps?) And the limited choice of photos in certain cases leaves something to be desired. (A single photo of bagpipers represent Bermuda?)

While certainly a colorful and wide ranging guide, "The Travel Book" is more of a coffee table style gift item than a comprehensive travel reference. But as a broad survey of all the possibilities to visit on planet earth, it is certainly a huge statement. Just be prepared to dig deeper somewhere else from here.
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Exactly what I was looking for... 8 avril 2012
Par Joshua Rose - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am planning a year long backpacking trip, and this book is a perfect jumpoff for creating my itinerary. Its only flaw is that every country gets two pages, regardless of its size or travelability (if that's a word). I would expect certain countries to get multiple pages, but I understand how the book might just get too big at that point. This thing is HUGE...which I really like. The pics are beautiful and the information for the most part is very specific. You will find a few overly general statements and recommendations of what to do in a country, but its a flaw easily overlooked when you see how helpful the book as a whole is. I highly recommend it, all my co-workers are constantly putting their greasy little hands on it (Im in Afghanistan so a huge book about awesome places gets a lot of attention). For 30 bucks and free shipping you cant go wrong. Speaking of shipping, this thing got to my base in Afghanistan in 4 days! Go Amazon!
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