Real travel does require a bit of work
So says Craig Doyle, the consultant editor for Dorling Kindersley’s Where to Go When. And he’s right. But planning travel isn’t the kind of work you dread. At least I don’t! I LOVE to spend hours poring over guide books and websites planning trips, figuring out transportation and making sure that I’ll be making the most of my trip (nothing worse than arriving somewhere and finding out you’ve missed a major event by a day or so OR planning a trip too late and realising that there is no accommodation because there is a major event happening!). Planning is key to successful travel!
Where to Go When features over 130 destinations and the best times to visit them. It combines six different vacation themes – Natural World, Unforgettable Journeys, Family Vacations, Luxury & Romance, Activity Breaks, and Festivals & Culture organised in a month-by-month format which makes finding the ideal getaway (for the time of year you are travelling) easy. You can search by time of year you are travelling or the type of vacation you are interested in – or, if you are not travelling anytime soon, simply flip through the pages and read it like a regular book – and be inspired (I don’t know about you but I read guide books like novels!).
Wondering where it’s at for February? As I’m wading through book-writing myself right now with a looming deadline, I know I catch myself dreaming at my desk every now and then! Well, according to Where to Go When, it’s the right month to visit Antarctica (!), Cambodia, Ottawa, Havana, Zermatt, Thailand, Agra, the Florida Keys, New Zealand’s North Island, Brazil or travel along the Inter-American Highway. So much choice!
I was particularly drawn to the idea of Havana (having travelled there over 10 years ago, I’d love to see it now) and looked up what’s happening there right now. Apparently February is the driest, least humid month – that’s a huge bonus for me and definitely a good reason to choose now to visit. As with each destination suggested, the book gives a wonderful two page spread featuring basic information on how to get there, where to stay and eat, some travel dos and don’ts as well as a suggested 5-night itinerary. No, it’s not a comprehensive travel guide but it’s an excellent starting point for someone planning a trip with some great information pointing you in the right direction of things to research.
There’s a short Practical Travel section in the back of the book offering the sort of information you’ll be used to seeing in the DK Eyewitness Guides (health, safety, insurance, passports, visas, money, useful contacts, photography, internet access when travelling, cell phones when travelling and transportation) as well as a short section on travel and its impact on the environment (with tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint) which is a a big concern for many these days. There’s also a section on weather around the world which is definitely a big consideration for travellers (assuming you have a choice of when you can travel).
In short, it’s a wonderful way to step away from the doldrums of grey, wintery February (if you are me), and provides much inspiration for planning future trips!
Win a copy of Where to Go When from Dorling Kindersley Canada
Thanks to DK Canada I have one copy of Where to Go When to give away to a lucky Canadian reader.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me where you’d like to travel in 2017.
For a bonus entry, tweet the following message: Canadians: Win Where to Go When from @DKCanada + @eatlivtravwrite ! Details: http://bit.ly/WheretoGoWhen #travel #travelguides #guidebooks
then come back to leave me a comment on this post telling me you did.
Eligibility and contest rules
– Contest begins on Sunday February 12th 2017 at 6.45am EST and ends Monday February 20th 2017 at 6pm EST.
– Prize consists of one (1) copy of Where to Go When (RRP $25CAD)
– Open to readers of the age of majority with a Canadian mailing address.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winners will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Monday February 20th 2017 after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Tuesday February 21st 2016 and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.
– Winner will be required to answer a skill testing question.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Where to Go When for review purposes. I was not asked to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing do. All opinions 100% my own.
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