Lonely Planet: “The Travel Book”
Happily, the people at Lonely Planet love travelling too.
Extra happily, they’re also amazing photographers and publish books like “The Travel Book.”
This beast of a book (it’s big, folks) devotes a 2-page spread to every country in the world in A to Z format, as well as some other places of interest, colonies, and dependencies that don’t fit neatly into a label. All in all, 230 “countries” are featured, and each is showcased with Lonely Planet’s trademark photographic brilliance, plus a quick view of the country in question. (Best time to visit, Capital, Population, Essential Experiences, What to read/eat/watch/drink, Key phrases, etc..)
It’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves travel and learning about the world. For example, I now really want to visit French Guiana, Greenland, and Macau. Also, I’m adding a few of the books from the “what to read” sections onto my list of things to read – “Shiver” by Nikki Gemmell and “The Left Handed Woman” by Peter Handke.
Cheers (once again) to the Lonely Planet folks for putting this book together – it took hundreds of staff members to compile. It’s a wonderful resource, and one I look forward to sharing with my son as he grows up.