Blue List: 618 Things to Do & Places to Go
Lonely Planet, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
aving done a fair bit of traveling in my PK (pre-kids) years, I was intrigued to find out how many of the '
618 Things to Do & Places to Go
' in Lonely Planet's recommended
, I'd already covered and how many were left for the empty nest years looming not too far ahead of me.
he Lonely Planet authors tell us '
It's no easy task coming up with the debut list of things to do and places to go when you have the whole world to select from ...
' but they do an impressive job of this first in an evolving series. Introductions cover potential new travel experiences (such as Everest and outer space) as well as recent travel trends (e.g. sustainability, impact of natural disasters, and terrorism). And - something I find very useful - a
maps places to go and things to do onto the months of the year. Enticing color photos throughout the book will prompt readers to start packing.
art One of the
takes the perspective of
Things To Do
. Categories range from
Most History Per Square Mile
Most Extraordinary Festivals
Biggest Adrenalin Rushes
. I've enjoyed several Japanese
Places to Get Naked
) but will skip the
300 Club, Antarctica
. I'm already one of the '
sociable and sophisticated locals
' of Montreal, mentioned in
Cities on the Rise
so don't need to travel for this one, but I'll give a miss to
Tough Travel Destinations
, including Afghanistan (was already there for one of the Russian invasions). Did several of the
Most Awesome Treks
when I was younger and now like the look of
Best Beaches to Swing a Hammock
art Two of this travel planner looks at
Places to Go
Australasia & Pacific
Middle East & North Africa
. As well as the usual information on language, currency, festivals, etc., the authors include for each country insights like
, yecch, in Peru or the use of
by teenagers for text messaging in Iran);
(what not to say, to avoid giving offense); and
Hot Tips for Travellers
. They even highlight books like
The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
in the Botswana pages, and of course
Lord of the Rings
for New Zealand.
ant to take a trip but not quite sure
is full of ideas, to help you work out where to go. Read it cover to cover, or dip into different sections, looking at travel from all angles. And submit your own
experiences and tips at the
website, so that others can benefit - you might even get a mention in the next issue of this useful travel guide.
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