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The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet Journey Books)

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pint-sized paperback version of the best-seller The Travel Book inspirational images and text will make travel from your armchair a delight and inspire your future travel plans A-to-Z coverage of 218 countries - captures every country on the planet in photographs and atmospheric text features more than 1300 stunning images with double-page spreads of every country entertai ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Lonely Planet (first published October 1st 2004)
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Do not buy or read this book if:

1.) You have no time to go on a long trip afterwards...
2.) You have no money to go on a long trip afterwards...
3.) You have no intension to be going on a long trip afterwards...

because it is sooooo well written and illustrated, you will feel antsy down to your toes... off You go...
This is one of the most beautiful books I've come across in years. Stunning full-color, full-page pictures, country facts, and brief bits of Lonely Planet trivia--paging through this book is such a joy. Though the pictures don't necessarily represent the most typicaly beautiful parts of a country, they somehow capture those things that are remarkable about it. Books like this remind us why we love traveling and why we love this amazing world.
This might be my favorite book in the house.

Two pages devoted to each country in the world. All of the countries are in alphabetical order, so you skip around the world haphazardly - but that's part of what I like about this book. It's easy to navigate, well researched, and there's beautiful photography. Don't use this book to decide what country you'd like to visit though. it'll just make you want to visit them all.
Okay, so I didn't exactly read *this* book, but I read the 2nd one. And until its on GoodReads, I'll keep this one on my bookshelf.

I wanted this book because I thought it would make for a great coffee table book. I love, love, LOVE to travel, so what better?!

Things I liked:
-it has almost every country
-the layout of each page (the pictures, the info, the stats)
-the majority of countries have 4 pictures
-the information provided (best time to visit; what to read, listen, watch, eat; in a word)
Jun 03, 2009 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This is one of my favorite books to look through. Whenever the travel bug bites I either watch one of Samantha Brown's shows on the Travel Channel or I pick this book up and the travel bug (temporarily) goes away. As much as I love to travel and see new places my bank account does not always agree! Actually, it rarely agrees! But this book helps keep me sane!

This book is amazing. Seriously. Lonely Planet takes you on an adventure, an adventure that goes through 230 countries (in alphabetical ord
Lonely Planet has done something very unusual here. With 213 countries (from Aghanistan to Zimbabwe -- and yes, in alphabetical order), with four pages per entry, they manage to get across a great deal of information.

Each country's entry has the same subsections: best time to visit (sometimes this is a different historical era), essential experiences, getting under the skin (with sections on what to read, listen to, watch, eat and drink); in a word (usually a greeting); trademarks, surprises, an
The 1,200 photographs in this book are, for the most part, mouth-watering, and I like the egalitarian design (the countries are listed in alphabetical order, and each one gets two pages, no matter the size or population or relative fame). A word to the easily offended: there are several photos of bare-breasted women and at least one of nude children.

Certainly this book whets a person's appetite for international travel. As a travel guide it's not very useful, since there's only bits of informati
Oct 22, 2008 Tisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Travelers & Wanderers
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
This book is an excellent summary of every country and island in the world. Lonely Planet takes you on a brief journey to countries far and wide in a completely unbiased way. The U.S. or China get the same 'face time' as Cyprus or Djibouti.

On each page you will find spectacular pictures capturing the culture of the country and its people, rather than the famous landmarks. The text begins with an introduction to the country, then proceeds with information that would be interesting to travelers; n
Eric Wilkinson
I bought this as a coffee table book a while back and use it often when determining where I want to go in the world. Although it is a great generalized resource guide to every country on the planet, it offers little to actual travel information about each country and furthermore acts as only a small snapshot of each countries unique culture and people groups. Think of it more as a guide to broadening your idea of what is out in the world rather than an actual travel "guide".
Great book for a travel fiend with a wanderlust problem. Although actually, it does make it worse by making you want to travel even more.

This is a huge photography book, much in the style of a Lonely Planet or Fodor's type travel guide, except different. It's basically 2 pages about every country in the world, with photographs, quick facts (language, size, population, etc.), info about the country's signature foods, drinks, books, movies, etc.

You can't just sit down and read it cover-to-cover...
what a book!! this is simply amazing. a free ebook with info on all the countries of the world. pictures for every entry, a small introduction and quick facts. I learned about countries I never knew existed. I learned where some countries are situated, I learned about cultures, diversity and most of all the mingling of different peoples, cultures, traditions, modernism.. all of it! this was a trip in itself and i loved it. :) thank you lonely planet for this. I also like how the book is objectiv ...more
I absolutely love this book and cannot rate it high enough! I am an avid traveller and am always excited to get my hands on a new travel book. This is far by my favourite of any travel books I have read, what makes it even better is how the book has been presented. It has beautiful photographs of over 200 countries in the world. If you didn’t want to visit anywhere before you got your hands on this, you certainly will once you have read it!

I like this book as it runs through countries alphabetic
A nice coffee table book of interesting photos. However, given the errors and omissions I noted about the countries I am familiar with, I would discourage anyone from using this book to plan a journey.

1. In Canada (my home country), Anglophones are not predominantly bilingual and Francophones do not have control over the country - yes, they are disproportionately represented in parliament as is Prince Edward Island but they are still a minority in a huge North American sea.
2. Despite giving reco
Anna Wilde
Kudos for listing so many countries, however with no more than a few paragraphs and about two paragraphs of information on each country, it's really not useful for anyone wanting to travel. Keep as a memoir of your adventures or a display piece on the bookcase for conversation starters..
Mar 16, 2007 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Travel buffs; wanderers of any kind
Shelves: reference
The format of the book is perhaps my favorite aspect of it: every nation -- no matter how large/small, populous/deserted, rich/poor, developed/struggling -- is profiled in the same manner with the same amount of information. To further accentuate this, nations are listed alphabetically, which also makes for easy reference when you're watching a NGC special and just have to know a little more about Reunion or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (which I still maintain would be a great name for a ban ...more
This book is beautiful. As someone who loves (no, lives to) travel, I use the Lonely Planet guide books religiously, and they have never let me down. When I heard they were doing this, I knew I had to have a copy. One of the things I've always loved about the Lonely Planet books is that they find ways to use photos of off the beaten path stuff to show what the everyday life in a country is like, rather than just the usual big tourist attractions. So, in Italy, we see a waiter setting up sidewalk ...more
As someone who has travelled extensively, I've read my share of travel guides. I have always found Lonely Planet books to be very evidently 'Mercian; there are several condescending remarks about many cultures and counties in this book (and others I've read) that have really turned me off. National Geographic or DK guides are the best by far!
I own two editions of this book. I also have the red one. I love these books and will likely get the next one. They make me dream and plan the trips I want to take. The format is pleasing- a small snapshot of each country with food, literature, and sightseeing information as well as amazing photographs. I have gotten tips on interesting books to read and movies to watch.

My three-year-old son has taken to requesting we look through the book together, too. He asks me if we can go to the places (s
Every photograph in this book makes you want to be exactly where the photo was taken.
Heidi Mumford
Great armchair reading to fuel those with a wanderlust heart!
Wow! This is a fantastic book! It gives a snapshot of every country in the world - one two-page spread for each country. One page is all incredible photographs of the land, the people, etc. The other is information about things to see & do, what to expect, what the people are like, and a "fun fact". Information is given honestly, (for example, if you shouldn't go to a country right now, the book tells you to stay away and why), if with a slight British "lean". I have a lot more places on my ...more
Am Y
Pros: High quality pages and printing, so even flipping the pages is a joy. The photos are stunning and engaging. Countries are easy to find (in alphabetical order).

Cons: Too little information is given on any particular country. I wouldn't call this book a "journey through every country in the world"; it's more of a quick summary of every country in the world, giving the most important facts and essence(s) of each country.

It's still a good read though, especially if you want a very general idea
Jun 17, 2014 Kira added it
Shelves: nonfiction
Love it. I just love it.
One rainy sunday I traveled to every country in the world without leaving my bed! My husband and I flipped page by page through this book and took in the photos and short organized information about each country!

Some places that stood out to us.

p. 351 about seychelles

P. 431 about Virgin islands

p. 309 Peru

p. 391 Thailand

Ireland Labyrinth at Dublin Castle

There is a photograph by Martin Harvey on page 79 of boys cansing a fishing net that is amazing!
Sonja Faust
Helpful if planning a trip
Love this! It's like a mini-vacation across the world, with interesting photographs and cultural facts about each country. It recommends books and music about each culture, and I'm sure that exploring these more fully would be a very fascinating endeavor. I will definitely keep this book out and look through it many more times. It provides a cheap trip outside your own corner of the world and a glance at the bigger picture of human life. Great book!
Fascinating information and pictures from every country in the world- an amazing book!! Jim and I spent a lot of time going through this- you want to browse, but get caught up in the pictures and information until you realize you've been reading it for a while. Cool book, totally the type for a center table!

They also have a HUGE version of this book- Nicole fell asleep last night reading it and loved looking at the pics.
Unlike the usual coffee-table books that I just leaf through, I found this interesting enough to read from cover to cover. There's a decent mix of dry data seasoned with factoids, both important and trivial, and great photos. In fact, I enjoyed it so much in the original 2004 edition that when it was reissued, revised and updated in 2010, I bought that as well.
I first got this from the library & absolutely loved it. I bought it recently. Since my knowledge of geography was embarrassing, I started sitting down with this book every day, filling in countries on a blank map and writing down a few fact about each. I got through the whole book in around 2 wks & don't feel nearly as dumb. lol
Aug 27, 2007 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: travelers, geography buffs, and anyone who appreciates amazing photography
what a beautiful world! this book is huge and covers each country in the world in two pages and 6 photographs. it got me really excited about my next trip. it's not a travel guide, but it's got important essentials: 5 things to do while you're there and what to eat and drink. it's a fun book to just browse through.
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