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Lonely Planet's Great Adventures is a gorgeous hardcover coffee table book showcasing some of the world's best adventure experiences.
Lysa Allman-Baldwin

I know that the way the world is leaning evermore towards increased technology use, including the popularity of e-readers. But for me, you’ll never be able to emulate, or replace, the feel of sitting down and curling up with a good book.

For travel related books, there’s something magical and exciting about turning the page, wondering what awaits you on this particular sojourn. So here are a few of the latest that have landed on my coffee table, to get you on your way.

A Not so Lonely World

Publisher Lonely Planet puts out gorgeous coffee table books. One is entitled Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014, their “our annual collection of the world's best trends, destinations, journeys, and experiences for the upcoming year.”

In it they include their Top Travel Lists, including the Best Places to get Fit, Best Value destinations and favorite cities with bike sharing schemes; their Top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit throughout this year; and a travel planner encompassing more than 35 unique cultural events, music festivals and a great deal more.

Another of their wonderful publications is Lonely Planet's Great Adventures, a gorgeous hardcover coffee table book showcasing some of the world's best adventure experiences with compelling content that includes nine themed chapters transporting readers to some of the most fascinating places on the planet.

How about hiking in The Milford in New Zealand? Or diving and Bikini Atoll? Then there’s climbing the summit and Mount Kilimanjaro or rowing across Siberia’s Lake Baikal. You can definitely say that these adventures are for the more hardy travelers among us; nevertheless they do, like the subtitle alludes, allow you to “experience the world at its breathtaking bests.”

The photographs are stunning and each chapter includes several sidebars of information, a map and an array of practical planning tips. Just looking at the book alone makes you want to think about possibly moving beyond your own comfort level.

One last note: What is unique about Lonely Planet books is that they don’t just surf the web to find out the top things to add to their publications, rather that all of the places listed have been traveled by their staff, authors and online community, lending much more background and personal insight to their information which has enticed travelers to read their books for almost 40 years.

We’ve got more great travel reads coming up!

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