Off the Tourist Trail: 1,000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives

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Off the Tourist Trail is a guide to the world's unspoiled sights and experiences. It takes a hundred clichéd tourist destinations - everything from over-visited national parks to overrated museums - and reveal 1,000 fresh and fascinating alternative options. Written by a team of travel experts, and with a foreword by Bill Bryson, this book brings vibrant cities, enchanting sights, breathtaking natural wonders and unforgettable experiences to life with informative narrative and ...
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Overview

Off the Tourist Trail is a guide to the world's unspoiled sights and experiences. It takes a hundred clichéd tourist destinations - everything from over-visited national parks to overrated museums - and reveal 1,000 fresh and fascinating alternative options. Written by a team of travel experts, and with a foreword by Bill Bryson, this book brings vibrant cities, enchanting sights, breathtaking natural wonders and unforgettable experiences to life with informative narrative and stunning photography.

Choose your destination by theme - Ancient and Historical Sights, Festivals and Parties, Great Journeys, Architectural Marvels, Natural Wonders, Beaches, Sports and Activities, Art and Culture, and Cities - or simply flick through this sumptuous guide and be inspired. Practical advice on getting there and around, where to stay, where to eat and when to go, as well as useful 'Need to Know' facts, ensure that you get the most out of your time away.

Less crowded, generally less expensive, and often more spectacular and rewarding, these lesser-known wonders of the world encourage readers to ditch the famous but well-worn choices, reminding them what real travel is all about - escaping the everyday and embracing the new.

Vacations will never be the same again.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780756653996
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson
With a wacky worldview -- and wanderlust -- that garners him comparisons to everyone from Chaucer to Dave Barry, Bill Bryson entertains readers around the world with his travelogues and riffs on the intricacies of language.

Biography

A backpacking expedition in 1973 brought Des Moines native Bill Bryson to England, where he met his wife and decided to settle. He wrote travel articles for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent for many years before stumbling into bestsellerdom with 1989's The Lost Continent, a sidesplitting account of his rollicking road trip across small-town America. In 1995, he moved his family back to the States so his children could experience "being American." However, his deep-rooted Anglophilia won out and, in 2003, the Brysons returned to England.

One of those people who finds nearly everything interesting, Bryson has managed to turn his twin loves -- travel and language -- into a successful literary career. In a string of hilarious bestsellers, he has chronicled his misadventures across England, Europe, Australia, and the U.S., delighting readers with his wry observations and descriptions. Similarly, his books on the history of the English language, infused with the perfect combination of wit and erudition, have sold well. He has received several accolades and honors, including the coveted Aventis Prize for best general science book awarded for his blockbuster A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Beloved on both sides of the pond, Bryson makes few claims to write great literature. But he is a writer it is nearly impossible to dislike. We defy anyone to not smile at pithy, epigrammatic opening lines like these: "I come from Des Moines. Someone had to."

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    1. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Des Moines, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.A., Drake University, 1977

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Avoid the tourist traps

    Great if you like to avoid crowds, rabbles and the usual tourist traps. The book focuses on different places and events all around the world best known by countries natives. The book is an excellent source of ideas. It has been a wonderful inspiration in my life and I highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    Great fun to use when planning "the next trip"

    We enjoy visiting foreign places but are put off by the tourist parts of those places. This books gives us great ideas of places to hit when planning our next adventure. I really like the organization (i.e. the OTHER leaning towers). Although I used to hate writing in books, I'm sure this will be like 1000 Places to See Before You Die - with dates marked on those places I was fortunate enough to make it to.
    Great for those who love to be a traveler not a tourist (thank you, Mr. Bourdain).

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    For armchair travelers and serious travelers alike

    This book presents, in beautiful color, alternative sites to visit around the world instead of the usual, sometimes over-visited. For each tried and true location, they will offer an lesser known but equally exciting sight.

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