Thursday, December 1, 2022

Book Reviews: 100 Cities, 5000 Ideas

I can hardly believe we're already into December, yet here we are. I am (literally) hip deep in wrapping things, making gifts, and getting my Christmas cards ready to mail. Not going to lie though, I'm grateful I have therapy tomorrow, that's for dang sure. 

100 Cities, 5000 Ideas 

National Geographic

Grab your passport and get ready to explore 100 cities around the world. This informative travel guide--the next in National Geographic’s blockbuster 5,000 Ideas series--takes you from skyscraper-filled concrete jungles to coastal urban oases. You’ll find hot tips for the best sights, bites, museums, and more for each location, as well as practical planning advice for when to go and what to expect when you arrive. And there’s something in these pages for every traveler: history buff, art lover, foodie, beach bum, or anyone in between. Take a dim sum tour through San Francisco’s Chinatown; hop a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto to capture two of Japan’s best cities in one vacation; discover the hidden historical gems in bustling Mumbai; bathe in the sun on Sydney’s beaches; temple hop your way through Bangkok and shop its floating markets; stand on the edge of the world in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city; take a walk through art history in Florence; or go on an urban safari in Nairobi. Filled with expert tips, bonus side trip suggestions, and tons of innovative activities, this is an inspirational and practical keepsake for any kind of globetrotter.
One of my favorite things is to page through travel books because while I know enough about me to know I likely won't get to see any of these places in my lifetime, learning about them is endlessly fascinating. Am I ever going to go to Eastern and Southern Asia because I am not food adventurous, but the pictures in this book make want to try. If I had to pick a place to go, it would be Iceland. Seeing people living their best lives in a geothermal pool in the Blue Lagoon. I went down a long Google rabbit hole because, no joke, I didn't know that was a real thing let alone a real place. 

If you're looking for a great gift for people who are constantly on new adventures, this is going to be absolutely perfect. Full of amazing photographs that have you yearning for unlimited travel funds and more vacation days from work. I also really like that the book lists popular festivals so you could plan your trip around that (themed outfits, am I right?). It includes historical information to research your trip, of course some of the places to eat. Also helpful, especially for countries you aren't necessarily familiar with customs and common practices, you're going to find tips throughout. 

A huge thank you to TLC Book Tours and National Geographic for sending me a copy for review! These are the absolute highlight of my book mail selections becuase everyone in my house gets excited to see them. Plus, every purchase "supports the glocal nonprofit National Geographic Society in its work to protect and illuminate our world through exploration, research, and education." You can find more information at 

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