Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Lonely Planet releases the second installment in the Lonely Planet Epic series of books - Epic Drives of the World

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This is a very automotive related Lonely Planet posting. These are the experts in telling us where are the best sights, places, people, hotels and other interesting stuff and they've published a book on the Epic Drives of the World. This book is a traditional hardcover book. One that could sit on your coffee table at home. It features 50 classic driving routes from all over the world, facts and some tips on how to plan your own epic journey.

Panorama Route

This book is supposed to offer us inspiration on what our next road trip shoud, or could be. There are journeys in the book that document bike trips and even a tour using an electric vehicle. We do need to dream a little and stray further from the confines of our home sometimes.

Now, the book features trips from all over, and Asia is represented by five driving routes highlighted in the chapters “Hightailing from Thimphu to Gangtey (Bhutan)”, “The Road from Srinagar to Manali (India)”, “On The Trail of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)”, “Crossing the Kathmandu Loop (Nepal)”, and “South Korea: From Top to Toe”. No Malaysia this time around, but who knows. I do see the scenery in the photos provided by Lonely Planet to be mesmerising.

Book details:
LONELY PLANET’S EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
Published July 2017 / 328pp, full colour, H260mm x W200mm, hardcover / RRP: USD $35

Photos here in are “Reproduced with permission from Epic Drives of the World, © 2017 Lonely Planet” 

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Lonely Planet Explores the World’s Most Thrilling Road Trips with Epic Drives of the World

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Five Asian Road Trips Showcased
50 Classic Driving Routes * Six Continents * 200 Ideas for Great Drives

Southern Alps - New Zealand

Buckle up for a lifetime of memorable road trips this July, with the publication of Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World.

This beautifully illustrated hardcover book is the second instalment in Lonely Planet’s Epic series (following last year’s best-selling Epic Bike Rides of the World).  It features 50 classic driving routes across the world (from Argentina to Zambia), and 200 ideas for great drives - ranging from easy-going cruises to back-country adventures.

Asia is represented by five driving routes highlighted in the chapters “Hightailing from Thimphu to Gangtey (Bhutan)”, “The Road from Srinagar to Manali (India)”, “On The Trail of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)”, “Crossing the Kathmandu Loop (Nepal)”, and “South Korea: From Top to Toe”.

“This book is intended to offer fresh inspiration for your next road trip,” Lonely Planet says.  “We have routes written and ridden by motorcyclists and even a tour of Northern California by electric vehicle. A few of these drives take a day but others can be enjoyed over a weekend, a week or more.”

“What they have in common,” Lonely Planet continues, “is that the road tripper is always independent. Want to take a detour (and we suggest some gems) or stay an extra day? Go right ahead. It’s all about the journey. Driving a car need not be a mode of transport that insulates you from your surroundings: if you stop regularly, explore, encounter local people and their culture, you’ll have as rich and rewarding an experience as you could hope for.”

How to Use Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World
The main stories in each regional chapter feature first-hand accounts of fantastic drives in that continent. Each includes a factbox to start the planning of a trip – when is the best time of year, how to get there, where to stay. But beyond that, these stories should spark other ideas. We’ve started that process with the ‘more like this’ section following each story, which offers other ideas along a similar theme, not necessarily on the same continent. Drives are colour coded according to difficulty, which takes into account not just how long, remote and challenging they are but the logistics and local conditions. The index collects different types of drive for a variety of interests.

LONELY PLANET’S EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
Published July 2017 / 328pp, full colour, H260mm x W200mm, hardcover / RRP: USD $35

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