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Most travel lovers have a travel bucket list but, if you haven’t put one together yet, Rough Guides release of Make The Most of Your Time on Earth (1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences) will provide you with ample inspiration.
Very often, this sort of “must-visit” travel book will cover the popular spots, the ones we all know about – Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, but seasoned travellers have been there and done that and are starting to look off the beaten track and away from the over-priced, over-hyped tourist destinations.
Whilst Make The Most of Your Time on Earth certainly touches on the well-known destinations, it’s focus lies in inspiring you to visit places and indulge in experiences you’ve never even heard of. Snorkel “The Rift” in Iceland; stay with a family in Merzouga, Morocco; track wolves in the Carpathian Mountains, Romania; follow the incense trail in Arabia Felix, Oman; kiteboard in Cabarete, Dominican Republic; chase the whale sharks near Utila in Honduras, savour cerviche in Lima, Peru; roll up your sleeves at a hairy crab banquet in China; hike Ijen volcano with the sulphur miners in Indonesia or heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand.
Covering all seven continents, the book is divided into 21 different regions, each of which is colour-coded, allowing you quickly and easily to find travel inspiration in your favourite areas. Delightful pictures will make have you adding more destinations and experiences to your bucket list and each regional chapter concludes with useful “Need to know” and “Good to know” pages. These pages provide phone numbers, websites and priceless insider information.
A perfect Christmas gift for travel lovers or arm-chair travellers, you can pick up your own copy of Make The Most of Your Time on Earth, published by Rough Guides, from your nearest Exclusives Books store, or order online for convenient delivery.
We have one copy of Make The Most of Your Time on Earth (1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences) to give away to a lucky EarthTravelUnlimited reader, thanks to the great guys at Exclusive Books. Simply email with your name, email address, phone number and location (within South Africa only) and answer the following easy question:
How many Fanatics points can you earn by purchasing Make The Most of Your Time on Earth online?
Entries close Friday 17th December…..good luck!
Travel and food. The ultimate combination to ignite one’s senses. After all, what’s better than travelling to a new destination and embracing the flavours and foods unique to that area?
Most of us would choose to fly to a destination and then sample the cuisine in local restaurants. Tom Kevill-Davies, author of The Hungry Cyclist, chose to go about his task in a particularly strenuous way. Over the course of two years, Tom cycled 24,000km across North and South America, from New York to Rio de Janeiro, in search of the perfect meal. Instead of taking the straight-forward east coast route, Tom traversed America east to west, heading into Canada and cycling down the Pacific Coast into Mexico, before crossing Central America and entering South America in Colombia.
From being accosted by Puerto Rico tough guys in New York to being forced to snort cocaine at gun-point in Colombia, Tom takes us on a roller-coaster ride, documenting the highs and lows of being a solo-cyclist. In each country, he heads off the beaten-track to find the dishes that really make the nation tick. If you’re expecting detailed accounts of meals at Michelin-starred restaurants, you’ve picked up the wrong book. Instead, expect lashings of offal, obscure vegetables, turtles, armadillos and guinea pigs.
Each chapter concludes with two recipes that typify the traditional meals sampled by Tom in each area and, whilst you might not be able to find the ingredients for Beaver Tail Soup or Rocky Mountain Oysters at your local supermarket, there should be one or two recipes to tempt your taste buds.
The Hungry Cyclist is an enjoyable, engrossing read for everybody and by the end of it you’ll be wondering just how far you’d be willing to go for the perfect meal.
EarthTravelUnlimited, in association with Exclusive Books, has one copy of The Hungry Cyclist, published by HarperCollins, to give away to a lucky South African EarthTravelUnlimited reader. Simply answer the following question:
Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole – Ross D.E. McPhee
Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole was written to accompany the current American Museum of Natural History exhibit, focusing on the historical South Pole race between Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.
Authored by the curator of the exhibition, Ross D.E. McPhee, the book is filled with original pictures, clippings and illustrations from both the successful Norwegian expedition and the failed British expedition. McPhee remains unbiased throughout the book, giving equal focus to both teams and providing justification for both good and poor leadership decisions.
Race to the End is beautifully illustrated and well written although, for the first three chapters, as we are introduced to both teams and their members, it does tend to jump around a bit. Even though we know how this story ends, McPhee turns a traditional coffee table book into a read that you will find as engrossing as any thriller.
If you are an Antarctic, adventure or exploration lover, Race to the End is an essential addition to your collection.
Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole, published by Sterling Innovation, is available at Exclusive Books stores around South Africa for R299 (or R227 online).
We have a copy of Race to the End to give away to one lucky reader who can correctly answer the following question:
Which museum is currently hosting the Race to the End exhibition?