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Travel – the best gift ever

It was like Christmas arriving early when I received the third edition of Lonely Planet’s internationally bestselling landmark title, The Travel Book.


Featuring every country on Earth, Lonely Planet’s definitive million-selling tome returns in a completely revitalised third edition, with comprehensively updated content – including more than 800 stunning new photographs – making it more inspiring, engaging and compelling than ever before.

First published in 2004, Lonely Planet’s much-loved photographic journey through every country in the world has become known as the book every traveller should own and has already taken countless readers on a virtual and cultural tour of the plant.

To celebrate the new edition of this iconic title, Lonely Planet has also launched a dedicated landing page on the Lonely Planet website – – which showcases stunning 360-degree videos that take viewers through an immersive, panoramic tour of the continents, as well as offering the chance to win the journey of a lifetime to one of six continents.

Stilt fishermen, fishing from poles in the water.

Stilt fishermen – Asia – ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

An odyssey that starts in Afghanistan, Lonely Planet’s new edition of The Travel Book circumnavigates the globe from A to Z, ending with Zimbabwe, and visiting every country in between.

Elephant walking on forest trail.

Elephant walking on forest trail – Africa – ©Jonathan Gregson/Lonely Planet 

Devoting a double-page spread to each country, The Travel Book includes breathtaking new photography that creates a kaleidoscopic picture of the world in which we live, alongside insightful text covering the specifics of each country, including details on when to go, what to see, and how best to experience it.

Viewed through a traveller’s lens, The Travel Book evokes the spirit of each place by appealing to the senses – what you might see and feel, which books, music or films will help prepare for the experience, or what food and drink might flavour your visit. The Travel Book also includes details of events, objects and people that are central to each country’s identity, as well as curious, little-known facts.

A goat herder takes the high ground in the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês.

A goat herder takes the high ground in the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês – Europe – ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

In addition to covering every country, The Travel Book also contains 11 further places of interest. These bonus destinations are not countries, but small dependencies that are great attractions in their own right.

This new edition of The Travel Book is guaranteed to inspire intrepid globetrotters and armchair travellers alike, and provides the information, insight and trivia needed to kick-start your travel planning.

Bushmen dressed in traditional skins.

Bushmen dressed in traditional skins – Africa – ©Martin Harvey/Getty Images

The Travel Book by Lonely Planet is an absolute ‘must’ for anyone’s coffee table or library, it is pictorially stunning and full of wonderful facts and travel hints. It is a book you will read and look at over and over and use for inspiration and to plan your travels to parts of the world you may have never imagined visiting. Put it on your Christmas list, buy it for a loved one or simply buy it for yourself.

Rider on horseback on Wharariki Beach at Cape Farewell.

Rider on horseback on Wharariki Beach at Cape Farewell – Oceania – ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

Tuareg man in Algeria.

Tuareg man in Algeria – North Africa – ©Chakib Tahar/500px

Competition: Lonely Planet, with G Adventures and Tourradar, are offering one lucky Lonely Planet fan and their guest the opportunity to win a trip to one of the following destinations: New York; a music and cultural exploration of New Orleans; trekking along the Inca Trail; sailing the Greek Islands, discovering South Africa; trip through India; or exploring the most remote areas on earth from Adelaide to Alice Springs. Enter for a chance to win by 31 December 2016.

The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World – BY Lonely Planet – 3rd Edition – in Hardback format – RRP AU$80.00

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by Carol Sheridan