WASHINGTON (Jan. 26, 2011)—Planning a perfect vacation can be a daunting task — so many exciting places to go and things to experience. With so many options, how can you choose? National Geographic’s new book 100 COUNTRIES, 5,000 IDEAS: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0758-7; $26.95 trade paper; on sale Feb. 15, 2011) is designed to ease the stress of trip planning by offering suggestions for the must-see and must-do in 100 destinations from Alaska to Thailand to Madagascar.
A beautiful book featuring photographs of some of the most treasured spots in the world, 100 COUNTRIES, 5,000 IDEAS is a trustworthy and reader-friendly resource for any type of traveler. Countries are organized alphabetically, with the landscape, coasts, wildlife and history of the various regions described in depth. Major cities are featured for those interested in visiting more urban areas, and key tourist attractions in each country are highlighted. A comprehensive one-stop shop, this book allows vacationers to dream of their perfect trip while offering the logistical steps they will need to take to make their dream a reality.
Starting Point for Travelers
“It is an entertaining stroll through the top hits of 100 countries, with a side of helpful information on climate, travel resources, and handy maps that let you know the relative distance between, say, Rome and Venice or Naples,” writes Rudy Maxa, National Geographic Traveler magazine contributing editor, in the book’s foreword. “It’s a terrific starting point that a traveler may use to go the next step — if pubs are of interest to you when visiting London, 100 COUNTRIES, 5,000 IDEAS lists the best neighborhoods; you can take it from there with a quick Internet search that will deliver you names, addresses, and reviews of specific pubs.”
100 COUNTRIES, 5,000 IDEAS also showcases insider tips, advice from experienced travelers and the pros and cons of each destination. From safety issues to where to find the best beaches, these pieces of advice make sure all vacationers know what they can expect to find on their travels.
The country section of the book is followed by an appendix for a quick and easy trip-planning reference. There is a chart to plan the right trip for your interests — whether you want to look at local marine life, see performances in local festivals or relax on a beautiful beach. Another chart helps plan the right trip for your lifestyle, should you be traveling with children, looking for an adventure or trying to decide where to go if you only have a long weekend. A third chart focuses on some of the important logistics of planning your trip — cost, peak seasons, quality of hotel and transportation, and the travel time from both New York and London — while a fourth chart shows the best time to visit tropical destinations. In addition, each country’s weather is detailed month by month.
From skiing in the Swiss Alps to watching bull racing in southern Indonesia, 100 COUNTRIES, 5,000 IDEAS is a comprehensive resource to help all trip-planners experience their dream vacation.
NOTE: Travel expert Rudy Maxa is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Engel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 457-8449.