1,000 Perfect Weekends: Great Getaways Around the Globe

National Geographic. Oct. 2021. 704p. ISBN 9781426221453. $35.99. TRAV
The travel experts at National Geographic have combined the magazine’s flair for photographs and insights on global locales, in this book celebrating and expanding the possibilities of weekend travel. Destinations are arranged by locale and kinds of experiences, plus broader categories such as enabled adventures and pet-friendly vacations. Entries on each destination are necessarily brief, some as short as half a page, others taking a few pages; their titles convey the type of experience or a key reason for visiting (“A Romantic Hamlet”; “Island Hop”). Each destination entry has information on the scene and its sensibility, accompanied by a photo that invites readers into the landscape. Annotated top-10 lists are plentiful, and “Perspectives” pieces add depth and address the personal experience of visiting. Some of the write-ups verge on exoticism, but the book is largely inclusive with sections on enabled adventures, LGBTQ+ travel, and a vast breadth of sites in almost every part of the globe; entries do not delve into a location’s history or current politics.
VERDICT This abundant guide to the world’s best weekend getaways will delight travelers who enjoy National Geographic’s particular take on travel; its design, excellent photographs, and arrangement invite browsing and dreaming. A core title for travel collections.
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