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Was ist das?
"Great Escapes" is a most unusual travel book. Rather than focusing on a particular geographical area, it is organized around destination themes, including Culture, Luxe, Food & Drink, Romance, City, Chill-Out, Shoestring, Family, Wild and Party. The categories are a bit loosely interpreted. For instance, "Luxe" includes James Bond's Jamaican Pad, Open Doors in Mysterious Marrakech, An Island Idyll in the Great Bear Rainforest, Safari in Style Among India's Tigers, Live Like a Star in Amazing Utah, and Escape to Ecuador's Cloudforest.
As the editor writes in the intro, this book is all about escape, whether they be holiday escapes, romantic weekends, couples getaways, or family destinations. The exciting experiences share the common thread of enjoyment and difference, a way to break up life's routine with something special and out of the ordinary - which, as far as I'm concerned, is why we travel. Each of the journeys can be a long weekend, because travel doesn't have to be an epic adventure. It can be a mini-break, a chance to discover something different from the daily routine. I would much rather spend my precious vacation days on a variety of mini-breaks of 3-5 days, rather than one extended 3 week trip, and this beautiful book provides much food for thought in planning my next mini-break. "Great Escapes" aren't necessarily something you would want to plan a whole 2 week vacation around, but could certainly be the highlight of an extended trip to a destination.
This is a gorgeous large format coffee table book, weighing in at more than 4 lbs., with thick glossy paper and fabulous full color photography. Each of the ~75 "Great Escapes" is presented on 4 beautifully laid out pages with a map, a list of essential experiences, best time of year to visit and expected budget, multiple photographs, a section describing why it is the Perfect Getaway, a paragraph titled "Plan It", a paragraph titled "Detour" that describes other things to do in the area, and interesting facts about the area.
I'm going to really enjoy armchair travelling over and over to places I may never get a chance to see in person.