National Geographic sent us the book, 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas for review.
We were excited by it’s colorful cover and couldn’t wait to get started reading it.
100 Countries, 5000 Ideas is part coffee table book, part travel guide, and part inspiration manual.
Most books try to do too many things and fail; however this book succeeds in a big way.
The engaging, colorful, incredible — National Geographic quality — photos capture the essence of the countries.
You will want to put all of these places on your bucket list.
The tagline of 100 Countries is “Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do.”
For all 100 countries, it details these key facts.
For anyone who has seen Lonely Planet’s “The Travel Book” (a giant red or tan book) 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas is similar.
The Travel Book is a great gift and coffee table book. The photos are amazing.
They cover every country in the word and have a lot of fun facts.
Like essential experiences, surprises, and what to eat and drink while you’re there.
But 100 Countries is a little more thorough.
Review of National Geographic’s: 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas
National Geographic’s 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas Thoroughness
For the countries they list, National Geographic’s 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas gives you enough information to make an informed decision about whether or not you should plan a future trip there.
For example, they list the average trip cost, official language, necessary travel documents, health issues, and the best time frame (which months) to go.
The “when to go” charts are divided by region for the larger countries – so it’s a realistic view of the best times to visit.
National Geographic’s Realistic perspective
The book does not just allow only one page per country (like some books do).
Rather, for the larger and/or more popular countries, there are many pages dedicated to it in the book.
For instance, Australia gets six pages.
This book is large enough to be a nice coffee table book, but not so giant it won’t fit on your bookshelf.
National Geographic’s: 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas
This book is not a guidebook.
So if you are looking for a true guidebook, this isn’t for you.
It would be one very large guidebook; not practical to globetrot with!
This book is excellent at giving you the broad strokes so that you can learn about different countries and narrow down to some you are most interested in.
Then, you can do more specific research on those countries with specific guidebooks.
I don’t consider this a negative of the 100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas book because the book’s intention is more of offering the “big picture” but in a detailed way.
I was a little disappointed with some of the countries that were not included on the 100 Countries’ list.
For instance, there is no coverage of Belize, which is one of my favorite places.
Panama is also left out.
Much is Africa is omitted along with the “Stans,” (meaning Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, etc.).
If you’re curious what’s covered before you buy.
Look at the Map or Table of Contents in Amazon’s Search Inside to determine if your country of choice is listed.
Even still, it was nice to learn about countries I wasn’t very familiar with.
100 Countries, 5000 Ideas makes a great gift
If you’re looking for inspiration in planning your next trip, or need a gift for an upcoming birthday or holiday, check out 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas, It is a beautiful book.
I was impressed with it and think you will be too.