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Lonely Planet's Blue List
Lonely Planet's new edition of its Blue List series is a compelling page turner that, if you're like me, will cause an immediate shortage of yellow post-its. Those post-its now cling to the inside pages of my Blue List guide, making it look a bit like a paper peacock flattened by a semi.
The Blue List guide, subtitled "The Best in Travel 2007" provides page after page of sumptuous photos and informative text about interesting places and things to do in them all over the globe. The ideas start off with a calendar section that groups together events by month. For example, December has the Festival of the Oases in Tunisia and the Hornbill Festival in India. Chances are, you'll have to Google these for more info, but they're a fine start.
Other recommendations in the book are broken out by activity, so if you are, for example, a fan of scuba diving, you can get a good idea of the top trips for bubble blowers. The books lists the Cocos Islands in Costa Rica and Chuuk lagoon in Micronesia among their top spots. Or let's say you have long believed in UFOs and want to design a trip for you and your ET-loving friends? Well, you can do that, too, with their paranormal trips section.
Then savor my favorite section, called the Go List, which breaks out LP's top picks for places to visit in the coming year. We're NOT talking Florida and Vegas here. We're talking about exotic, less-explored locales like Maluku, Indonesia and Gabon. Then there's a section on gadgets and the best places to wed and dark travel and, well, more and more.
If I have any complaints, it that while the book really whets your appetite, you don't leave feeling completly satisfied. In fact, you leave a bit hungrier than before. But as I say, maybe that's what Google, or LP's country-specific guides are there for. Either way, keeping to their fine tradition of helping you REALLY get out there, the good folks at Lonely Planet have done a fine job with this new book.