Raincoast – Three Travel books to “Blow Your Mind” ~Giveaway!

If I had my way, I’d spend a good portion of the year travelling. There are so many places I’d love to go! Even when it comes to camping, we’ve gone to a different campground every year for the past 5 years! I mean, why go to the same one every year when there are so many others to check out!? I feel the same way about traveling – sure you might find a great place that you really enjoyed – but there are others out there too – so let’s go see them too!

Lonely Planet has been household name in travel books for years, and they’re still going strong! Raincoast sent me three little books and all of us are thoroughly enjoying dreaming about visiting the different places! The three books are called: “50 Beaches to Blow your Mind”,  “50 Festivals to Blow your Mind”, and “50 Natural Wonders to Blow your Mind”. They sound like great little books don’t they? Each one of them has an MSRP of $16.99 and would make great coffee table books!

First up – Festivals. Now, I’d have to confess, this is likely the one I’ll spend the least amount of time with. I’m more the type of traveller that avoids the crowds and heads to the “hole in the wall” restaurants and the “back woods” areas, so festivals with crowds of people aren’t likely the places you’ll find me. However, there are some neat ones! This book is split up into different sections like “All Action”, “Foodie”, “Music”, “Off the Wall”. What would you prefer? The Mud Festival in South Korea, the Body Painting Festival in Austria or Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Or perhaps your interests run more along the line of the Air Guitar Festival in Finland or the AgitAgueda Art Festival in Portugal? Personally though, I’d love to visit the “Calm and Tranquil” Floating Lantern Festival in Hawaii. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival also sounds like a lot of fun!

Secondly – Natural Wonders. Now, we’re not talking the “seven wonders of the world” in this book. They are all man-made! We’re talking the natural wonders that exist on earth. There are a few that I have heard of – like the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, Giant’s Causeway and the Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. However, that’s only 6 out of 50, which means that the rest of them are ones that I had never heard of. Which ones are tops on my list to visit? Palawan Island in the Philippines looks beautiful. It’s unspoilt, it has an underground river that you can kayak down, scuba diving on WWII wrecks and beautiful white sand beaches! I love a relaxing vacation with a little bit of exploring thrown in. The Marble Caves in Chile and Argentina also look gorgeous! You can either visit them by ferry or by kayak and apparently are mesmerizingly beautiful. I also love waterfalls and the Huangguoshu Waterfall and China is no exception! It even has a hidden cave behind it and is surrounded by other, smaller, waterfalls! We would love to take our kids to Scotland, England and Ireland some day, as it’s a place we’ve both always wanted to go.  Apparently we have good reason, because three of the natural wonders in this book are in Scotland and Ireland! Hmmm, time to start saving for those tickets!

The last one is the Beaches book. This one garnered the most interest in our house! After all, my husband’s favourite vacation would include a good dose of sand and sun! The #1 family choice is the “Hidden Beach” in Puerto Vallarta! It’s a very cool beach located underground that you can either swim or kayak to via an underground tunnel! Pretty cool if you ask me! Another really neat beach is the Hot Water Beach on Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand! There are two fissures that let hot spring water escape up to the water around the beach. So you can dig yourself a hot tub in the sand and enjoy a spa day right there on the beach! Another neat beach is the Charmouth Beach in Dorset, UK. It’s “fossil paradise”! I love beach combing, even though I rarely get to do it, and I always come home with souvenirs! It would be super fun to be at a beach where you can find fossils!

I like how each of these books has both a Contents listing at the front, which splits the 50 places up into categories; and an Index, which splits them up into location! That way you can either look things up by where you headed or by what interests you most! Oh and the other great thing about these books is that the authors, Ben Handicott and Kayla Ryan have a sense of humor and it shines through in their descriptions of the different locations!

There are other books in this series as well. There is the “50 Places to Stay to Blow your Mind”, “50 Museums to Blow your Mind”, and “50 Bars to Blow your Mind”.  Which one piques your interest the most? I think the 50 Places to Stay would be a neat one as well. Oh, but there are so many places a person needs to go! My travel bucket list is getting awfully long! Or wonderfully long, depending how you look at it! Interested in purchasing one or more? Head to your local bookstore and check them out. Or visit the Lonely Planet website. There’s no shortage of travel inspiration there and you can purchase the books directly from them.

I’m not sure whether to thank Raincoast Books or not – my travel budget is going to have to increase, all because of them! Haha! Ah, but it’s so awesome to discover more great places to visit! And I love the unique, the out-of-the-way, the local secrets…….so let’s get going!


Raincoast is giving away a set of these three books! Are you ready to be inspired!? Use the contest form below, open to Canadians only, please, and contest ends August 5, 2017.

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  1. Allie f says:

    I would pick the 50 Natural Wonders book!

  2. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I would choose the Beaches book first!

  3. 50 Natural Beaches so I can dream

  4. Sab Edwards says:

    I think natural wonders would be my first read

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    50 Natural Wonders would be the one I picked first 🙂

  6. I would first pick 50 Natural Wonders!

  7. Florence Cochrane says:

    Natural Wonders to Blow your Mind would be my first pick.

  8. Viv Sluys says:

    I would pick 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind first.

  9. kathy downey says:

    The book i would pick first is the 50 Natural Wonders

  10. I would choose the 50 Natural Wonders books

  11. Shirleyp says:

    the book “Natural Wonders” would be the first one that I would read

  12. Nancy T says:

    50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind – we’re always looking for our next great Beach vacation and this would definitely show us some that we weren’t aware of.

  13. Tami Vollenweider says:

    The Natural Wonders book would be my first choice

  14. I would choose 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind.

  15. LINDA G says:

    50 Natural Wonders to Blow your Mind would be an interesting read, curious where these natural wonders are located

  16. I would pick the 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind first.

  17. I’d get 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind.

  18. Lee-Ann S says:

    I think 50 Festivals to Blow your Mind would be our first read.

  19. Jennifer P. says:

    It’s a real toss up for me between 50 Beaches to Blow your Mind and 50 Natural Wonders to Blow your Mind! I think most likely the beaches one would be my first pick, but the natural wonders one is so intriguing as well. I think I’d do a quick flip through the pages to start, and make my decision based on what caught my eye.

  20. I would pick the 50 Naturals wonders.

  21. 50 Natural Wonders will be interesting to read!

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