Travel broadens the mind, and we travel to learn and appreciate cultures different from ours. But more importantly, we travel to feel. People always feel the strongest urge to travel when they try to reclaim a certain feeling, be it awe, wonder, joy, serenity, fulfilment or passion and many more. Many travel writers have written about the restorative and healing power of traveling, especially in this fast-paced world where we could barely pause long enough to simply feel.
With that thought, Lonely Planet seeks to break away from the norm of regular travel guide books by publishing a book which focuses on the journey and experience rather than location. Lonely Planet’s The Place to Be stands apart from the rest by cataloguing places in the world based on the feelings they evoke, such as:
• Joyous: nothing can evoke joy in your heart quite like immersing yourself in the jazzy vibes of New Orleans, Louisiana, or watching beautiful butterflies pass by at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, or learning to pilot a plane in Florida
• Passion: embrace romance and feel your heart beating wildly in places like the romantic island of Burano, Venice, or walk through the wildflower display in Namaqualand Flower Route, South Africa, or get lost in the samba parades in the Sambadrome during the Rio de Janeiro’s annual carnival
• Fulfilment: when you feel dissatisfied with your life, try to find your direction again by walking the Camino de Santiago path, or learn the mindful art of calligraphy in Kyoto, or re-connect with the natural world in the Borneo Rainforest
• Alone: sometimes you need to be alone to find yourself, and no place is better to be in isolation quite like camping in the empty deserts in Oman, or hiking in Nepal’s Upper Mustang region, or head for the hills on the Klondike Hwy in the Yukon
…and so much more.
Filled with many accompanying breath-taking, full colour photos, Lonely Planet’s The Place to Be stands above the rest of the pictorial guide books and will be a valuable addition to any traveller’s literary collection.
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