1001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die

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Vacation travelers seeking truly unusual destinations and unforgettable experiences will find a wealth of ideas in this beautifully illustrated volume. Every experience described represents a genuine escape from the merely ordinary, whether it's contemplating a sunset from a minimalist mountain retreat, traveling on the Nile aboard a nineteenth-century cabin cruiser, enjoying a stay in a Newfoundland lighthouse, or taking that most classic of train journeys on the Trans-Siberian railway. Some of these intensely ...
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Vacation travelers seeking truly unusual destinations and unforgettable experiences will find a wealth of ideas in this beautifully illustrated volume. Every experience described represents a genuine escape from the merely ordinary, whether it's contemplating a sunset from a minimalist mountain retreat, traveling on the Nile aboard a nineteenth-century cabin cruiser, enjoying a stay in a Newfoundland lighthouse, or taking that most classic of train journeys on the Trans-Siberian railway. Some of these intensely atmospheric locations are reasonably easy to reach--for instance, the colorful Saugerties Lighthouse on the shore of New York's Hudson River. Others, like the Hiram Bingham train, which goes to the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu, Peru, literally convey travelers to far corners of the earth. Just a few more of these many exotic travel experiences include--
  • The U.K.: Comb Thatch Cottage, Devon--a romantic hideaway in the woods of a country estate . . . or Belle Isle Castle in Northern Ireland--a 470 acre estate comprising eight islands on the north end of Upper Lough Erne
  • Finland: Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village
  • Turkey: House of Wishes, Urgup--cave rooms carved out of the rocks of Cappadocia
  • The Caribbean: Kamalane Cay, Bahamas--a heavenly beach resort renowned for its diving and fishing
  • Bhutan: Uma Paro--a five-star hotel located amid the wild beauty of the Himalaya Mountains
  • Seychelles: Cousine Island--a private island dedicated to nature conservation . . . and many, many more

Written by an international team of travel writers, critics, and globetrotters, and illustrated with more than 800 magnificent color photos, 1001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die offers inspiration for adventurous travelers and glorious dreams for all others who pick the book up for simple reading enjoyment.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Offering an opportunity "to get away from the mundane, the everyday, and the routine," this trade reference suggests a limited number of adventure (e.g., gorilla tracking in Rwanda), relaxation (e.g., Elixir Spa, Attica, Greece; Gramercy Park Hotel, New York), sports (e.g., skiing), scenic (e.g., Amtrak's Coast Starlight train; Grand Canyon), and space vacations. Organized by continent, the signed, single-column entries each include symbols indicating cost, amenities, activities, at least one web site for further research, and information about the location. The text is complemented by 800-plus stunning color photos. Because the book aims at worldwide coverage, the variety and range of entries are limited, with France garnering 64 entries, Italy 58, United States 52, Belize three, and Bermuda one. Despite the editor's statement that average folks can now afford to visit such locations, they are still unlikely to do so. An inexpensive trip to Ushant, an island in France's Finistère department, could easily cost approximately $2000 (if not more, given the weak exchange rate) for roundtrip airfare, one week's room and board, and local transportation, while a "free," weeklong Grand Canyon vacation would cost someone living in the southern United States approximately $1000 (according to such bargain-conscious travel sites as www.expedia.com). There are three helpful indexes (escapes, general, and destination), but a price index would have further enhanced the value of this work. Brief biographical information on the 63 contributors indicates that they are travel writers, critics, or experienced world travelers; Arnold herself has written for numerous magazines, including Travel Weekly.BOTTOM LINE Reading more like a sales brochure than an informative, well-balanced collection of travel insights, this book adds little value to reference collections and minimal value to circulating collections. Most useful to globetrotters, travel agents, or tour guides; not recommended for libraries.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764161780
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 693,861
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Helen Arnold is a journalist and editor whose articles have appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Travel Weekly, Zest, Family Circle, Essentials, Eve, Scotland on Sunday, and High Life.
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