Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappearby Holly Hughes, Julie Duchaine
This book enables passionate travelers and the eco-conscious to learn about and plan a visit to see rare cultural, historic, and natural places before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever. Included are one-of-a-kind landscapes, fragile ecosystems, rare bird/b>
500 thoughtfully chosen treasures that will inspire and enlighten travelers of all ages
This book enables passionate travelers and the eco-conscious to learn about and plan a visit to see rare cultural, historic, and natural places before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever. Included are one-of-a-kind landscapes, fragile ecosystems, rare bird habitats, places to see the last remaining species of big game in the wild, cityscapes in peril, vanishing cultural kitsch, petroglyphs, and more. This Second Edition offers new reviews and updates on such topics as the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, the effects of earthquakes in Asia and Haiti, and improvements and progress in the fight to preserve threatened places.
Meet the Author
Julie Duchaine has been a freelance writer for the past 25 years. Most recently, she contributed to Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands, Frommer's 500 Places for Food & Wine Lovers, and Frommer's 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. She lives in Milwaukee.
Holly Hughes has traveled the globe as an editor and a writer—she's the former executive editor of Fodor's Travel Publications, the series editor of Frommer's Irreverent Guides, and author of Frommer's New York City with Kids. She's also written fiction for middle graders and edits the annual Best Food Writing anthology. New York City makes a convenient jumping-off place for her travels with her three children and husband.
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Working on this book with Holly Hughes was a valuable reminder about the beauty and diversity of the planet we call home.
I¿ve been writing about environmental issues for years. It¿s a subject I love. But the environment is so much in the news these days that it¿s easy to begin thinking of it as a kind of abstract concept, or to focus so much on a specific threat or a single endangered species that we lose site of the big picture.
This travel guide showcases 500 of the most unusual and intriguing places on Earth¿from unique natural landscapes and wildlife habitats to ancient manmade monuments and historic cities. Each one is threatened in some way by human activity or environmental forces, and each one is irreplaceable.
Reading this book will be a pleasure. You will learn about fascinating places in every part of the world, how and why they are at risk, and what is being done to protect them. Inevitably, your travel ¿wish list¿ will grow longer. Like all good travel guides, ¿Frommer¿s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear¿ will make you want to pack your bags, and will provide the information you need to plan and complete your journey.
But ¿Frommer¿s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear¿ is more than an exceptional travel guide, it¿s also a wake-up call about the fragile nature of our global ecosystem and the importance of preserving the places we treasure.