Bluelist 2007: The Best in Travel by Lonely Planet Books covers an astounding variety of places and kinds of travel. Its publisher describes it as ‘a conversation about travel’ and it is always changing pace like a lively chat.
Lonely Planet created a dictionary definition for their ‘new word’ bluelist (which seems a little over the top). Bluelist (blu`list) v. To recommend a travel experience.
The book begins with the ‘Travelers Pulse 2007’ – its reader’s favorite countries – which are pretty traditional destinations, the top five being Australia, New Zealand, USA, Italy, and Thailand. On each they point out a region of choice and some ‘sights unseen’, some alternatives to the over-traveled hotspots.
Next there are the ‘Bluelists’ – interesting ‘best of lists’ from the best middle of nowhere places to most amazing natural phenomena to most obscure festivals. Topping the list of best journeys is ballooning over Luxor, Egypt, floating in a gondola around Venice, and experiencing the Trans-Siberian railway. Best value destinations were Indonesia, Croatia, and the United Arab Emirates (not the cities, though!). The most eccentric places to stay were Mammut Snow Hotel in Finland, a Bedouin tent in Jordan, and the Imperial Boat House Hotel in Thailand.
If you’re interested in where the US scored highest it was the ‘Best music and place combinations’ category with 4 of the top ten. Hip-hop and rap & New York was at #1, and the others were country & Nashville, jazz & New Orleans, and blues & Chicago (but don’t forget that #2 is salsa & Havana, Cuba!).