Journeys Of A Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips | Book Review

Journeys Of A Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips
Genre: Travel, Explore, Informative, Non-Fiction
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Release Date: October 23, 2018


Synopsis: Featuring 120 new destinations, this best-selling inspirational travel guide reveals 500 celebrated and lesser-known destinations around the globe, from ocean cruises in Antarctica to horse treks in the Andes. Completely revised and updated for its 10th anniversary.

Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic’s legendary travel writers, this fully updated, 10th anniversary edition of Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world’s most celebrated and lesser-known sojourns. Offering a diverse array of possibilities, every continent and possible form of transport is covered, illustrated with glorious color photographs. With 16 new pages; new destinations like Cartegena, Colombia; and updated information throughout, this timely new edition is the perfect resource for travelers who crave adventurous trips–from trekking the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to mountain biking in Transylvania–and those searching for more specific experiences (the world’s top small cruises, hot new museums around the world, secrets for following in the footsteps of film and TV heroes, and more). Each chapter features stunning photography, full-color maps, and practical tips, including how to get there, when to visit, and how to make the most of your journey.

Informative and inspiring, this luxurious volume is a lifelong resource that readers will treasure for years to come.

My Thoughts:

First off, I think this book will definitely make those novice or inexperienced travelers that lack that last nudge of motivation to plan their first trip thirsty, hungry and excited to travel around the world.

The pictures in this (text)book of travel were exquisite and while I share a few photos from the book, I know that I am not doing them enough justice. Some of the pictures I chose to share with you today were places I personally wanted to visit and others were just a few that really caught my eye while perusing through the pages.

The book of sectioned off into a number of categories that offers a bit of something for the travelers who seek out great places to eat, to hike, to take in the scenery, to see iconic landmarks etc. So, if your goal is to plan your trip or pick a destination based on specific parameters, Journeys of a Lifetime gives you the options of Across Water, By Road, By Rail, On Foot, In Search of Culture, In Gourmet Haven, Into The Action, Up & Away and In Their Footsteps. Going through this book brought back so many Art History memories and I LOVED it. Especially in the in Search of Culture section.

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I think I should also mention that this book shouldn’t just be seen as a book for wannabe travelers or those too afraid to travel. It is a book I’d recommend to people who travel regularly or others like myself who have traveled before and have a “to visit” list.I’ve been to a few places in Europe ( Paris, London,  and Barcelona)  in a trip I gifted to myself after graduating from college a few years ago, so there were definitely a few places that I was already interested in visiting.

However, I was really surprised to see how some of the places, especially by plane and by sea, that piqued my interest. I am not heights person and I do not seek out water sports or activities. So, no beaches or scuba diving of any kind. I think the closest to either I have come in my life was a few trips with friends to the beach while I was in school. Besides that, I still have a terrifyingly, vivid memory of the time my mother ambushed me and my siblings with a water rafting trip when we visited Myrtle Beach–I almost bounced out of the raft, by the way.

With that being said, I did find two cruise trips in the Across Water section that I could actually see myself going on.

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This book also seemed to be a great guide for those who may have a place in mind, but are looking for more information on what to expect during your trip, like me.  I don’t know about other travelers, but planning for me is everything. I don’t need a full itinerary but at the very least, a starting point. For each destination in this book, there is an overview summary, details on what to expect on the trip based on the time of year you travel and guess on how long the trip could take. There’s even a little column of highlights for each trip.

Again, the photos in this book are absolutely breathtaking. Just makes me want to go to all of these places!! As I mentioned before I’ve only been to a few places abroad, but I do believe that traveling enriches our lives, souls and our minds. Seeing, living, and being among other cultures gives you a new sense of yourself and such an eye-opening perspective on everything.

For the other travelers out there who like to learn something when they go visit a new place/destination, this book has a list of museums that you could check out while traveling.


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  • Ansel Adams’ Yosemite National Park in California (ranges from a full day to a week or longer to get the full experience)
  • Of course, I’d go on a Champagne Tour in France
  • And I would check out Argos of Cappadocia in Turkey
  • Stalking the “Big Five” in Botswana 🇧🇼 (mainly for the elephants. I’m a sucker for elephants☺️. This trip could take a week, minimum, but it is recommended that you plan for two weeks)
  • Over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (though I’m not a fan of planes or a ton of water by any means, I’ve always wanted to visit the reefs. This kind of trip can take anywhere from a 10-minute plane ride to a week or longer. Depending on airtime over the reefs and time in the water)
  • Jane Austin Tour in England (like a full 3 days to get the most out of the tour)
  • I would also visit The Can Bonastre Wine Resort in Catalonia, if only just to visit Spain again
  • The Inca Tail in Peru (even though I’m not a hiker by any means and it takes 5days!! With me, it would be a solid week)
  • Trans-Siberian Railroad, which crosses Siberia  through Mongolia 🇲🇳 into China 🇨🇳 (6 days if you go straight through)

I’d like to wrap up this post by mentioning my favorite section in this book, if you couldn’t already tell, which was By Rail.

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Overall, I think the ability to travel and take in the scenery as you go is what appeals to me most, it doesn’t hurt that all of these places look so amazing.

However, out of all these wonderful destinations all around the world, the one place I know I’d love to visit next and the one country I would place at the top of my list is Peru. In each section: In Air, On Foot, By Rail, in Search of Culture, Into The Action. I was just in awe of Peru 🇵🇪 and I thought it an absolutely stunning place. I highly recommend this book to all of those travelers at heart who love to (or want to) travel and experience the gorgeous wonders of the world.

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Thank you so much for checking out my post for Journeys of a Lifetime. I hope it sparked a bit of motivation for you to check out the book and plan your next trip ^_^

Until the next post,



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