The Family Bucket List: 1,000 Trips To Take and Memories To Make Around the World

Universe. Sept. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780789344175. $36.95. TRAV
Luckham (coauthor, Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland) and Stathers (coauthor, The Bucket List, North America) set out to prove that bucket list–worthy trips can also be kid-friendly. Their book covers 1,000 adventures that affluent readers can experience in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Each color-coded entry falls into one of eight categories: “Spectacular Place To Sleep,” “Wildlife and Nature,” “Food and Culture,” “Festival and Celebration,” “Sport and Recreation,” “Epic Journeys,” “Exploring History,” or “City Break.” Some destinations get special attention (e.g., “Hunt for Signs of Dinosaurs” at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, or “Swim into Caves” at Fiji’s Yasawa Islands). The book includes stunning pictures and a helpful index that enables readers to search for specific locations, but doesn’t list any websites for further exploration, perhaps ensuring that the book doesn’t go out of date as quickly as most travel guides.
VERDICT Best suited for people who have the money for excursions worldwide, but the budget-minded may get some ideas for trips closer to home. Armchair travelers will likely enjoy the photos.
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