Visit a "Stan," sail away: Lonely Planet's '09 best

Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:39am EDT
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By Miral Fahmy

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Visit a 'Stan. Sail somewhere. Journey through the Basque country or the Bay of Fires in Tasmania. Eschew the art museums for temporary exhibits.

The travel gurus at Lonely Planet have come up with what they say is the definitive list of what to do and where to go in 2009, and in a condensed format for today's time-strapped travelers.

The "Best in Travel 2009," published this month, is a compilation of lists of 850 destinations, journeys and experiences recommended by the guide book publishers. And the longest entry is two pages long.

"We want people to open the book, point their finger and come up with something different every time," Ben Handicott, Lonely Planet associate publisher, told Reuters by telephone.

"We want people to be able to dip in and out of content, to basically be able to get some ideas and plan their trip on the plane. I guess it's the effect of the Internet."

As well as lists such as "Most Spine-Tingling Commutes" and "Best Places for Deadly Sins," the guide book includes the top 10 countries, and top 10 regions, travelers must visit next year. There is also a month-by-month trip planner, as well as country profiles and statistics.

Unlike more in-depth guides, there are no restaurant or hotel recommendations.

One of the highlights of the book is a section dedicated to water, aimed at today's more environmentally conscious travelers, Handicott said.   Continued...