[15 December 2008]
PopMatters Senior Editor
Rough Guide books are always gorgeous, comprehensive, and engaging reading, but this one, Wow! The natural world truly is your oyster, here. Each adventure, wherever it lay on/above/below/floating on/diving into this planet, clearly indicates the level of fitness required (Physical), how scary/dangerous an experience will be (Psych), how surefooted one must be to get there (Skill), and even how awe-inspiring the trek is guaranteed to be (Wow!). There’s delightful trivia about the regions (animals, history, lore, even recipes from local fare), and a chart to easily determine the best time of year to experience the place that catches your fancy. Surely at least one trip recommended here in literary fashion (yes, these write-ups are quality travel writing, too), is something one must do before one dies. First step in inspiring your hard-working, nose-to-the-grindstone friend to ‘live a little’: give him this book. He’ll be requesting his vacation time from his boss by week’s end.