The Travel Book
I recently had the great pleasure of receiving a review copy of the third edition of The Travel Book courtesy of Raincoast Books. This colourful travel book offers you a contemporary “journey through every country in the world” as published October, 2016, by Lonely Planet.
I absolutely love this book! As an avid traveller, having the opportunity to view a two-page spread complete with 2-4 colour photos of each of the 230 countries of the world is a real treat. And as a highly visual person, seeing 850 full-colour images in a beautiful layout really swept me away.
One of the great features of this travel book is the resource tab at the top of each country’s page. It tells you the official language(s), name of the capital, population and area mass of the country, shows you its flag, and includes a small map that shows you where it is.
The text that describes each country is written in contemporary fashion and includes a few colloquial words for each country, as well as the best time to visit and events to take in. High quality coated paper is used to make the photos really pop.
I grew up having an atlas on the coffee table for reference–informative but boring! The Travel Book is far from boring, and a terrific resource to plan your next trip or learn more about a destination that a friend, colleague, or family member is visiting.
The only downside I see to the hardcover book is its weight. The Travel Book weighs in at 3.44 kilograms, or almost eight pounds! The paper version is definitely not a book you would travel with, but it is one of the best travel books I’ve ever seen and I believe that every household (not constricted by space) should have one–for enticement, for information, and for inspiration. The Travel Book is also available in Kindle e-book format, but for me, the paper version has a much more powerful impact.
The Travel Book retails at $50 US or $70 CDN, but well worth it, and if you can snag free postage from Amazon, order a copy as a great gift book. It is sure to be a hit over the upcoming holiday season.