Great Adventures


Lonely Planet

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First of all, hot air balloons are on the bucket list, so I had to pick this one up.  Also the Northern Lights.  And also, swimming with a whale shark.  So here is the Lonely Planet guide to the high-octane travel adventures we sometimes forget are so bloody cool.

You can easily pick and choose your poison here as the book is organized into adventure categories like Hike, Dive, Bike, Climb, Animals, Water and Drive.  It begins with “the finest walk in the world,” New Zealand’s Milford Trail, which essentially takes you through every kind of landscape imaginable in just a couple days.  Then you’ve got the great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, the tectonic plates in Iceland or that aforementioned whale shark  in Manila.  Other adventures include the Tour de France, caves in Belize or scaling frozen waterfalls in the Northwest Territories.  Then you turn the page and it’s Pandas in China!

Whatever you fancy, Great Adventures (like its companion title, Great Journeys) has something to quench your outward bound spirit.  And each adventure is accompanied by rich and rare photographs with map details and tips on how to prepare and what time of year to plan for.  It’s an astounding volume and a wonderful gift for anyone you know who doesn’t rely on indoor plumbing to have a good time.