Lonely Planet Bluelist 2007: 2nd edition
Lonely Planet, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his 2nd edition of the
Lonely Planet Bluelist
opens with a
flagging monthly festivals around the world. Next up are the
countries to visit (from an online
survey that had 33,000 responses). We are introduced to Australia, New Zealand, USA, Italy, Thailand, Britain, Canada, France, China, Greece, and India, with two summary pages on each.
of things to do range from
Best Bars with Local Flavor
Hotels Where Famous People Have Died
, with suggestions like
Experiences That Make Time Stand Still
Best Places to Wed
Great Literary Itineraries
Most Eccentric Places to Stay
(including a snow hotel in Finland and a treehouse opportunity in Turkey),
Most Deserted Islands
(from Stongenge to Area 51) along the way. A
Bluelist Special Feature
, that is '
travel to sites associated with death, disaster + depravity
', from Auschwitz-Birkenau and Gallipolli to Ground Zero and Katrina tours of New Orleans. Check the
how dark are you?
, places to go, start on the Alaska Highway and end in Xinjiang, China. Each writeup includes brief stats covering population, cost index (for meals and tours), what's hot and not, festivals and events, recents fads, life-changing experiences, things to take, and Bluelist online information. There's also a color photo and a globe marked with the spot's location. Places here that top my list? Antarctica, Madagascar, and Patagonia. But you'll find your own favorites. The travel guide ends with
Australia & Pacific
Middle East & North Africa
. Summaries for each country in a region include flag, official language, capital, population, area, and a description.
nfortunately, a few pages in this guide have color font titles that are hard to read against the darker pictures behind them. That aside,
Lonely Planet Bluelist 2007
offers the latest in travel trends, and makes a welcome gift for either the traveler who's already been there, and done almost everything, or the newbie who's looking for a unique and engaging travel experience.
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