There are certain books I look forward to every year with equal parts dread and anticipation. Books that simultaneously fill me with longing, despair and jumpy excitement.
The Lonely Planet Bluelist/Best in Travel books.
Published yearly with different themes, they explore some of the world’s best adventures, journeys, festivals and destinations. These are the books, that every year, make me realize that I may have played life this far with just a little too much responsibility and practicality. I read these books and my brain starts to buzz and my skin starts to tingle.
This year’s book is no exception. With lists of top ten countries, regions, cities and other things, as well as a special section all about water, I’m left trying to figure out just how much money I need and how many vacation days I really have. Here are some of my personal favorites from the book, the things that would definitely be on my “to do” checklist. (And these are in no particular order).
- The Best Things To Throw Yourself Off
- This is the list that makes me think they really do write this book with me in mind. From hang gliding in Patagonia, sky diving in New Zealand and cave diving in Mexico, this is pretty much my ultimate list of things to do.
- The Best Underground Experiences
- Grottos, caves and catacombs, oh my! I think the most interesting ones one the list are probably the Sagada Burial Caves in the Philipines and the Cappadocian Underground cities in Turkey.
- The Best Ecotrips
- South America by train, horseback riding in Patagonia, kayaking the Yukon River in Canada….I think I’m giddy.
I could talk about this book all day. The water section of the book is particularly interesting. In addition to water themed lists such as fabulous ferry rides, water festivals and icy experiences, the guide examines the effect the changing climate and environment has on the way we travel and the places we go.
This is the kind of book that makes me want pick where to go by closing my eyes, opening up to a random page and blindly point to a destination. Today, that would mean going to Egypt to eat a Siwa Oasis date, a hand pollinated fruit that supposedly dates back to the times of Alexander the Great.
Who knows where tomorrow may take me.