Lonely Planet The Travel Book ~ Book Review

The Travel Book ~ Cover

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World is an amazing book from Lonely Planet. I think this will become a favourite resource for our homeschool World Geography studies! 

It is also a book that is wonderful to browse through. It gives a glimpse to every single country in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. It is organized in alphabetical order and that makes it very simple to find a country quickly. 

Each country is featured on a double page, and as the introduction tells us, all entries "evoke the spirit of each place by appealing to the senses - what you might see and feel, what kind of food and drink might flavour your visit, and which books, music or films will help prepare you for the experience." 

France in The Travel Book

I found myself looking at this book, searching familiar countries first to see what was featured, and then exploring unknown places. Each was like a teaser, an invitation to discover a little about the country's culture through the photos and information. For each country, the capital, population, area, and official languages are also given. 

How might I use this in our homeschooling? I think this will be a great visual reference because of the incredibly stunning photos but also a great introduction and springboard to our world geography and cultures studies. For each country we choose to study, we can open this book and read more. We could then google some music or food dishes, or even images. As an example, here is the Switzerland page:

Switzerland in The Travel Book

We would look up the location on our wall world map or in the book's map , then see the country's map at the bottom right of the page. We would read the page and then maybe search images of the Matterhorn, the Aletsch glacier, listen to Swiss yodelling, or even try making rosti! 

A few more in The Travel Book

At the end of the book, there is a list of "Dependencies, Overseas Territories, Departments & Administrative Divisions/Regions". I was looking for Saint Pierre & Miquelon and it is listed there with its location (in the North Atlantic Ocean, south of east coast of Canada). Lonely Planet also lists eleven more places of interest that didn't fit in the rest of the book. The 14 authors that contributed in the making of this book are also listed with brief bios. 

You can find Lonely Planet The Travel Book at:
and check your local bookstore!  

Disclosure: I received a sample book for review from Raincoast Books. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.