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Lonely Planet Publications

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Oakland CA 94607

Paul Stiles & E. Clark Carroll's DISCOVER KAUA'I (9781742204673, $21.99) offers itineraries, sustainable travel tips, and keys to exploring the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i and also includes many color photos in its survey of off-the-beaten path adventures and opportunities. From making an itinerary to see the most to blue sidebars of information and keys to island culture, this covers the 'best' of the tourist and hidden attractions of the island, and makes for the perfect destination travel planner. Nate Cavalieri's COSTA RICA (9781742200187, $24.99) provides a powerful trip planner and take-along tote packed with small maps and detailed listing on all the natural and human interest places to visit in the country, and should be in any collection strong in South American travel. From hostels and local transportation to sights and activities, this is packed with destination-oriented travel plans perfect for any journeying to Costa Rica. GREAT ADVENTURES: EXPERIENCE THE WORLD AT ITS BREATHTAKING BEST (9781742209647, $39.99) is a fine oversized collection of color photos capturing unique world adventures for both armchair readers and those contemplating their own global excursions. It's all about ice peaks, underwater caves, challenging bicycling trips, and natural beauty: chapters are packed with lovely images and paired with exciting text, making for an outstanding survey highly recommended for any adventure travel holding. Don Georges edits BETTER THAN FICTION: TRUE TRAVEL TALES FROM GREAT FICTION WRITERS (9781742205946, $15.99), a collection of original travel stories told by some of the world's best novelists. Isabel Allende, Joyce Carol Oates, and more provide warm and lovely stories from an account of an adventure off the beaten path in Malawai to visiting San Quentin Prison and chasing missionaries in far-away regions of Asia. The result is a powerful survey highly recommended for any literary travel collection. Lonely Planet's BEST IN TRAVEL 2013 (9781742209999, $14.99) provides the best places to go and things to do in the world and uses the knowledge and miles traveled by Lonely Planet's staff and authors to provide a year's worth of travel suggestions for extraordinary places and experiences. From 'hidden destinations' far from usual tourist paths to the most thrilling activities and best values, this is a top pick for any general travel holding. Any heading for the South Pacific will find Celeste Brash,'s SOUTH PACIFIC (9781741797749, $28.99) the book of choice for advance planning or take-along tote. Six authors survey dive sites, natural history, and all the human and natural places to travel in the area, including sidebars of information with maps and the latest details on where to stay, eat, and what to see. A 'must' for any traveler.

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Title Annotation:"Discover Kaua'i", "Costa Rica", "Great Adventures: Experience the World at Its Breathtaking Best", "Better than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers", "Best in Travel 2013" and "South Pacific"
Publication:The Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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