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Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips (Journeys of a Lifetime)

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No one knows the world like National Geographic—and in this lavish volume, we reveal our picks for the world's most fabulous journeys, along with helpful information for readers who want to try them out.

Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic's travel writers, Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world's most famous and lesse
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by National Geographic
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Liane
Awesome Book. There is a trip for everyone, every bucket list, anyone who wants to travel. Hike the San Juan Skyway, Scotland Highlands, Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps, Dolomites of Italy, Trans Canada Trail, The Tyrol in Austria, John Muir Trail.... OR.....take the Inland Railway across Sweden, Sea Kayak off Baja, Slow Food in Tuscany, Cross Country Ski Vermont's Catamount Trail, Surf School in Hawaii. The best thing about the book is it lists "When to Go, How Long it takes, Planning, Inside In ...more
Allison
It's a really lovely coffee table sized book full of the little blurbs & gorgeous photos that I connect with anything by National Geographic. I like the organization of it - with the colored tabs on the sides - as well as the chosen categories. Definitely trips for everyone. A great starting point for a "must travel" list.
LINDA
Beautiful book with the perfect balance of written information and photos!

The journeys that appeal to me the most are on the following pages 54 The Lower Zambeizi River, 55 The Mangoky River, 73 Crossing the Andes from Bolivia to Chile, 81 The West Coast Road of New Zealand, 145 Utah/Arizonia Paria Canyon, 151 the Inca Trail, 199 Amish Country, 280 Dogsledding in Alaska, 281 Polar Bears in Canada, 294 Sea kayaking off Baja, 295Teh Belize barrier Reef, 333 Hawaii Helicoptor tour of Darden isle o
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Janet
A wonderful book to dream with--of where you've been and where you'd like to go. Amazingly I have been on many of the domestic trips described. Hopefully I wil be fortunate enough to spend the next 40 years visiting and experiencing some of the international places and adventures. I'll try to remember to return to this book to make plans--it's nicely organized by journeys across water, by road, by rail, on foot, in search of culture,in gourmet heaven, into the action, up and away and in their fo ...more
Grace
I love, love, LOVE this book. I've had it for years, and it's as fun to read on any rainy day as it is to read when planning a trip. I'm constantly dog-earing another page to add to my list of travel destinations. Half the fun is looking at the photographs, collected over the years by Nat Geo's finest. The format, divided into modes of travel (By Train, On Foot) makes what could be a very overwhelming coffee table book accessible. The Top 10 lists are also great fun (Where else would you find a ...more
Aimee
Wonder if the publishers considered such alternate titles like, "Oh, The Places You'll Never Go" or "Dare to Dream".
Lauren Fynboe
Jan 01, 2015 Lauren Fynboe marked it as to-read
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National Geographic Society. (2007). Journeys of a lifetime: 500 of the world's greatest trips. Monterey, CA: National Geographic.

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Description: Content Scope-This visual display spans the globe to highlight the 500 best places to travel. Some places are metropolitan and are well-known to most; however, some places are more remote and the information presented is enlightening to these lesser-known regions. Accuracy, Autho
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Francine
I read this when it was newly published. The photographs are outstanding---it's National Geographic, after all.

This is a great book to reflect on during cold weather months...take yourself on a visual journey.

This book has inspired country-themed parties; I've used it to inspire a culinary themed dinner at least twice.

Highly Recommended.
Sruthi Raju
I went through the whole book.. but i think i will always be going back and looking through this before every trip/vacation of mine

Its categorized so differently and it makes it more interesting and has all these new way to explore a place...

So in love with it...
Suyash Sengar
It was a special gift from a special someone.
For a person with wanderlust,its an absolute must to have.
Excellent location picks,breathtaking images,wonderful account,Nat Geo special tips : the book is a paradise.
Kathy
Love the color photos. A great book that feeds my wanderlust until I can take my next trip. Very inspiring.
sislasus
Would have liked it better if it had fewer places and more pictures.
Molly
Unless you are extremely lucky, extremely rich, or both, this book is a way to vicariously see places you are not likely to visit in person. It's National Geographic, so, of course the pictures are awesome. I was pleasantly surprised that I had visited some of the places mentioned, but not shocked to find that many I'd never heard of! There are minimal travel details included for each journey, but if you actually intend to take one of the trips a more in depth guide would be essential.
Laura
An excellent "coffee table book". There is a trip in here for everyone who wants to travel local and internationally; by boat, plane, or foot; adventure-themed or food-themed. Very fun. The only thing I wish they could have done was given more detailed information about each trip. Logically I know that book would be 3x the size as this one, and this book is not light already-but that is what I thought was missing, more detail.
Brian Badonde
I love to travel and I think this book is fantastic! Browsing through this beautiful book, I had to add several travel destinations to my list of places I someday want to visit. If you want some great vacation ideas, from US to exotic oversees destinations, this book will provide many. Paging through the book is also an educational opportunity to discover a bit more about places around the world.
Carole
This was a wonderful "coffee table book" full of ideas about places to go and things to do around the world. It's only drawback was also it's highpoint, that it didn't go into too much depth about each location. It was visually attractive as each page was one locale. For people who like to travel, or wish they could, it was a great way to get ideas about where to go and what to do.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Sep 20, 2010 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: armchair travelers
Recommended to Dee Renee by: Elaine Holmes
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Before reading this book I would have never imagined there is The Great Pub Crawl in Australia where the designated driver is the pilot who flies you from pub to pub. It sounded like great fun. This is perfect gift for an armchair traveler or for the person in charge of vacation itineraries. Websites are given for each trip for more research.
Ron
WOW, WOW & WOW!!!
If this book doesn't wake up the travel and adventure bug in you... nothing will.
So many great trips, so little time.
Nicely split up into chapters.. by water, by road, by rail & by foot. Even has the best elevator trips.
A much better book than "1,000 places to see before you die".
E. Ce Miller
This is a great coffee table book--I often will flip through it in a spare moment here and there...it's like taking a mini-vacation. It's also great in assisting with off-beat trip planning. This is definitely a book for travelers, not tourists.
Kmccart
Even when I can't travel physically, I can take "mind trips" with this fabulous book by Nat Geo. Of course, the photos are gorgeous, and it's great fun to say, "I've been there!" or "That's on my list!" when flipping through the pages.
Nicole
Jun 09, 2013 Nicole added it
Bought this one 6-7 years ago, when I started getting curious about what a meaningful trip would be for me. Interesting browsing now and then. Still discovering what that 'perfect trip' would be...or if it's even my thing...
Elaine
Jan 07, 2009 Elaine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in travel
Recommended to Elaine by: Amazon?
Great Book. I've got this and the rest of my travel library right behind me now. I can look things up anytime. It's all about dreaming and thinking about where I want to go next and how I can do it.
Danny
This is a really great coffee table to browse when you have nothing to do - especially for travel ideas. Great photography and interesting write-ups.
I have not read every page word for word.
Pam
Amazing book, full of inspirational ideas for trips. Great photography, as always for NG. I will buy this book, just to flip through & dream.
Tim
not the best of the series - some of the "journeys" cross entire continents, i.e. impossible, but a nice mental vacation on a cold evening.
AnaΣtaΣia
If you adore travelling, even if sometimes it is only through imagination, you have to buy these two volumes of travel art!!
April
There were so many trips that I didn't know existed until I read this book; now I have so many more trips to take.
Carol
This is an awesome coffee table book! I like the website references for more info on trips they recommend.
Valerie
Always consult this before I head to a destination to make sure I am not missing something essential!
Skz
Jun 30, 2013 Skz marked it as to-read
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"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."-Saint Augustine
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