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This book is the definitive pictorial dedicated to travel and the world, capturing every country on the planet with photographs and atmospheric text. Inspirational, inviting, and beautiful, it combines stunning images with entertaining and informative text that captures the essence of being there.


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This book is the definitive pictorial dedicated to travel and the world, capturing every country on the planet with photographs and atmospheric text. Inspirational, inviting, and beautiful, it combines stunning images with entertaining and informative text that captures the essence of being there.

30 review for The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Do not buy or read this book if: 1.) You have no time to go on a long trip afterwards... 2.) You have no money to go on a long trip afterwards... 3.) You have no intension to be going on a long trip afterwards... because it is sooooo well written and illustrated, you will feel antsy down to your toes... ...so off You go...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This is one of the most beautiful books I've come across in years. Stunning full-color, full-page pictures, country facts, and brief bits of Lonely Planet trivia--paging through this book is such a joy. Though the pictures don't necessarily represent the most typicaly beautiful parts of a country, they somehow capture those things that are remarkable about it. Books like this remind us why we love traveling and why we love this amazing world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    This might be my favorite book in the house. Two pages devoted to each country in the world. All of the countries are in alphabetical order, so you skip around the world haphazardly - but that's part of what I like about this book. It's easy to navigate, well researched, and there's beautiful photography. Don't use this book to decide what country you'd like to visit though. it'll just make you want to visit them all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Read: April 2020 This was a bittersweet read at a time when we are under coronavirus lockdown. Full of beautiful photographs and plenty of information, this has given me lots of travel inspiration for the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Okay, so I didn't exactly read *this* book, but I read the 2nd one. And until its on GoodReads, I'll keep this one on my bookshelf. I wanted this book because I thought it would make for a great coffee table book. I love, love, LOVE to travel, so what better?! Things I liked: -it has almost every country -the layout of each page (the pictures, the info, the stats) -the majority of countries have 4 pictures -the information provided (best time to visit; what to read, listen, watch, eat; in a word) -the Okay, so I didn't exactly read *this* book, but I read the 2nd one. And until its on GoodReads, I'll keep this one on my bookshelf. I wanted this book because I thought it would make for a great coffee table book. I love, love, LOVE to travel, so what better?! Things I liked: -it has almost every country -the layout of each page (the pictures, the info, the stats) -the majority of countries have 4 pictures -the information provided (best time to visit; what to read, listen, watch, eat; in a word) -there was an outline of the country and if you wanted to know where it was located, they provided you with a map reference (to the map in the first couple of pages) Things I didn't like: -that it didn't have each countries flag -it would have been better as a hardcover, not paperback Not only did I get this book to by my 'coffee table book' I got it because I thought it would be a great way to map where I've been. I bought sticky tag notes (of different colours) to put on each page that corresponds to each country and city I've been to. I'll see if I can add a picture at some point.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue Flynn

    This is a wonderful book on all the countries. It gives a great snapshot of each country's character and the pictures are amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ana Flores

    This is a must-have book for all travellers! It is a coffee table book, so not one to carry around in your travels, but definitely a good starting point to decide where to go on your next adventure. The book features a summary for each country in the world, including highlights, best times to visit, books to read, and obviously stunning pictures. Highly recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ravi Prakash

    Snapshots of every country. Great collection!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Lonely Planet has done something very unusual here. With 213 countries (from Aghanistan to Zimbabwe -- and yes, in alphabetical order), with four pages per entry, they manage to get across a great deal of information. Each country's entry has the same subsections: best time to visit (sometimes this is a different historical era), essential experiences, getting under the skin (with sections on what to read, listen to, watch, eat and drink); in a word (usually a greeting); trademarks, surprises, an Lonely Planet has done something very unusual here. With 213 countries (from Aghanistan to Zimbabwe -- and yes, in alphabetical order), with four pages per entry, they manage to get across a great deal of information. Each country's entry has the same subsections: best time to visit (sometimes this is a different historical era), essential experiences, getting under the skin (with sections on what to read, listen to, watch, eat and drink); in a word (usually a greeting); trademarks, surprises, and a small map. There are always interesting photos, and not usually of the big landmarks for each locale. In other words, what "The Travel Book" aims to do is give you a taste of what to expect, and an idea of where you can get more information before a trip so that you are more culturally aware than the average traveler. This book is an entertaining addition to any travel buff's bookshelf.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    The 1,200 photographs in this book are, for the most part, mouth-watering, and I like the egalitarian design (the countries are listed in alphabetical order, and each one gets two pages, no matter the size or population or relative fame). A word to the easily offended: there are several photos of bare-breasted women and at least one of nude children. Certainly this book whets a person's appetite for international travel. As a travel guide it's not very useful, since there's only bits of informati The 1,200 photographs in this book are, for the most part, mouth-watering, and I like the egalitarian design (the countries are listed in alphabetical order, and each one gets two pages, no matter the size or population or relative fame). A word to the easily offended: there are several photos of bare-breasted women and at least one of nude children. Certainly this book whets a person's appetite for international travel. As a travel guide it's not very useful, since there's only bits of information on each nation, but it's wonderful browsing and would probably be good for people trying to make up their minds on where they want to go.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This is one of my favorite books to look through. Whenever the travel bug bites I either watch one of Samantha Brown's shows on the Travel Channel or I pick this book up and the travel bug (temporarily) goes away. As much as I love to travel and see new places my bank account does not always agree! Actually, it rarely agrees! But this book helps keep me sane! This book is amazing. Seriously. Lonely Planet takes you on an adventure, an adventure that goes through 230 countries (in alphabetical ord This is one of my favorite books to look through. Whenever the travel bug bites I either watch one of Samantha Brown's shows on the Travel Channel or I pick this book up and the travel bug (temporarily) goes away. As much as I love to travel and see new places my bank account does not always agree! Actually, it rarely agrees! But this book helps keep me sane! This book is amazing. Seriously. Lonely Planet takes you on an adventure, an adventure that goes through 230 countries (in alphabetical order). Each country gets two pages in the book. One page is just pictures, and the other is facts about the country. This book is informative, but please don't read this if you want to learn every little thing about Peru or what hostels to stay in when you travel to France. The Travel Book just gives a general overview (with gorgeous pictures). This is a great resource to be able to get a sense of all of the countries in the world. One each country's page it follows the same format: There is a small blurb about the country followed by: The best time to visit, Essential experiences (things you must do!), Getting under the skin (what to read, listen to, eat and drink to get a better feel of the country), In a word (a word of phrase that sums up the country/language), Trademarks, Surprises, and there is always a small map of the country at the end of the page. Plus the country's capital, population, and official language are also given. This book may be a little outdated in some aspects, as it was published five years ago but it is still a fantastic read. You can travel the whole world just by lounging on the couch. I think it makes a great coffee table book. Where to first? Your journey awaits...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tisha

    This book is an excellent summary of every country and island in the world. Lonely Planet takes you on a brief journey to countries far and wide in a completely unbiased way. The U.S. or China get the same 'face time' as Cyprus or Djibouti. On each page you will find spectacular pictures capturing the culture of the country and its people, rather than the famous landmarks. The text begins with an introduction to the country, then proceeds with information that would be interesting to travelers; n This book is an excellent summary of every country and island in the world. Lonely Planet takes you on a brief journey to countries far and wide in a completely unbiased way. The U.S. or China get the same 'face time' as Cyprus or Djibouti. On each page you will find spectacular pictures capturing the culture of the country and its people, rather than the famous landmarks. The text begins with an introduction to the country, then proceeds with information that would be interesting to travelers; not necessarily 'tourists'... but travelers. This information includes the best time to visit, trademarks, books or movies to get "under the skin", and examples of things to experience, eat, or drink. A Journey Through Every Country in the World provides a great insider's introduction to every country in the world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Jarvis

    As someone who has travelled extensively, I've read my share of travel guides. I have always found Lonely Planet books to be very evidently 'Mercian; there are several condescending remarks about many cultures and counties in this book (and others I've read) that have really turned me off. National Geographic or DK guides are the best by far!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jason Jauron

    One of my top 5 coffee table books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Becerra

    Excellent photos and guide information.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara Beth Wade

    What an amazing book, though I do wish I had a more updated version now. Each country in the world gets a single two-page spread. Equal real estate goes to tiny island nations like Cyrus or Kiribati as to global super powers like France and the United States. And 75% of each spread is devoted to photos, so you only get a very small taste of what each country has to offer. That being said, Lonley Planet distills its information down to a fantastic overview, covering best times to visit, essential What an amazing book, though I do wish I had a more updated version now. Each country in the world gets a single two-page spread. Equal real estate goes to tiny island nations like Cyrus or Kiribati as to global super powers like France and the United States. And 75% of each spread is devoted to photos, so you only get a very small taste of what each country has to offer. That being said, Lonley Planet distills its information down to a fantastic overview, covering best times to visit, essential experiences, ways to "get under the skin" with recommended books, music, movies, food, and drink, plus a section on "tradmarks" and surprises. I'm slowly reading it cover to cover and dream of a day when I could visit each country in alphabetical order, just like this. This book will be the closest I'll likely get to that, but it's fun to dream. I wouldn't really recommend it for travel planning, it's really more for dreaming or maybe a very early starting place for ideas of where to go and what to do. Mainly it looks fantastic on the coffee table.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lorri

    A nice coffee table book of interesting photos. However, given the errors and omissions I noted about the countries I am familiar with, I would discourage anyone from using this book to plan a journey. 1. In Canada (my home country), Anglophones are not predominantly bilingual and Francophones do not have control over the country - yes, they are disproportionately represented in parliament as is Prince Edward Island but they are still a minority in a huge North American sea. 2. Despite giving reco A nice coffee table book of interesting photos. However, given the errors and omissions I noted about the countries I am familiar with, I would discourage anyone from using this book to plan a journey. 1. In Canada (my home country), Anglophones are not predominantly bilingual and Francophones do not have control over the country - yes, they are disproportionately represented in parliament as is Prince Edward Island but they are still a minority in a huge North American sea. 2. Despite giving recognition to tiny coral atolls in the middle of the ocean, the Shetland Islands were not even on the map of Scotland - one more reason I suppose for their movement to separate. If you want an interesting picture book journeying through the world where each country is represented by people from that country, try The Quilt of Belonging edited by Esther Bryan. A millenium project to recognize that at least one person from every country in the world makes their home in Canada.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ✧nicole✧

    This travel book is honestly magical. It gives me that strong sense of need to travel, and I love it. When I'm flipping through the pages I feel as if I'm in the country. The pictures are breathtaking, like I would honestly buy a giant book full of photos from around the world. There's so much useful information, especially for someone who really wants to start traveling the world ASAP. It's a beautiful book and definitely a must in my family.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A great reference guide with short, tantalizing snippets of the countries and what riches they hold for the traveler. I need to just jump right into the book Mary-Poppins-style and visit EVERYWHERE!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Brown

    This is a great resource for downtime in classrooms. My kids have enjoyed exploring it for years. Not for planning trips, but more for fun exploration and encouraging interest in the world.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Davidson-Fisher

    Being a person who loves to travel and wants to visit as many places as possible, I really enjoyed this book. Each evening I'd grab a pen and paper and as I read every inch of information given on each country, I would note down if that country was of interest for me to visit. As a result, I've amassed a lengthy "go visit" list (much to the chagrin of my husband who's told me I need to now have three steady jobs in order to be able to fund my wish travel list!) I loved the layout of the book wit Being a person who loves to travel and wants to visit as many places as possible, I really enjoyed this book. Each evening I'd grab a pen and paper and as I read every inch of information given on each country, I would note down if that country was of interest for me to visit. As a result, I've amassed a lengthy "go visit" list (much to the chagrin of my husband who's told me I need to now have three steady jobs in order to be able to fund my wish travel list!) I loved the layout of the book with each country having the same format-showing the best time to visit, surprises, trademarks, what to read, listen to, eat, drink, etc. I couldn't wait to turn the page in anticipation of what the next country would be to explore. I certainly learned a good deal about some countries I had never heard of and I put countries on my list that I would never have dreamed of visiting. All in all, I feel it was a very insightful book if you want to get a glimpse into traveling the world. It's too bad that I can't choose 1/2 stars (as opposed to having to choose between 4 or 5), because I actually would rate the book 4 and 1/2 stars for two reasons: Though I loved the book, I felt that the writers tried too hard to find extraordinary and wonderful things about certain countries that were dangerous to visit. No doubt each country has exceptional and amazing things about it, but it seemed that for those countries where one shouldn't visit (for safety reasons) the fall back phrase for the book was more or less "the best treasure you will find is the people and their resilience". I got a feeling that countries such as these were a bit candy coded. I understand that it's a book about travel so maybe that was the point, just stick to the travel stuff. Nevertheless, it left me feeling a bit uneasy that they were still given the same "go see this place" feel. Secondly, the book is very, very heavy and big. All fine and dandy except that its binding fell apart almost right away. The book is too heavy and bulky for the binding it was given. Now I have pages falling out. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has an innate love for traveling. Just seeing the photos alone of each country is enough to get you in the travel mood. Thanks to Lonely Planet, my travel list is out of control.... and I love it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The ultimate oversized coffee table book for the traveler and/or photographer. This is an alphabetical journey through every country in the world. Some I know I’ll never visit and I enjoyed the photos and biographies. Others, are already on my wish list, and this book whetted my appetite. Wouldn’t it be great to have the time, money and safety to visit them all? I hope to at least visit a few.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Updated version. It is the blue cover edition. I have read the other two editions previously and loved them both. These are beautiful summaries of every corner of the world. I want to leave on a vacation right now!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Noel

    I want to go everywhere! The pictures were amazing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Beautiful photos, loved the way it was set up with little snippets and lists. 100% recommend and now have a large list of “countries to visit” post-pandemic!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trish Leclerc

    This is a cool coffee table book but didn’t really deliver on my wanderlust yearnings. You just can’t get a good feel of some of the countries in a one pager.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Xian zhang

    "for going out, it is going in". Not all those wonder are lost

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Gorgeous and interesting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Karpinen

    Such a cool book, with great photos and the highlights of every single country. For people who like to travel, this is a great resource to peruse your options!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Exquisite....Visually stunning....You'll find yourself hours later waking up from your reverie of one...page -- Every home library needs this addition.

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