Doing its part to encourage travel, Lonely Planet has compiled Bluelist: 618 Things to Do &andamp Places to Go, 06-07. It's quite a list, bursting with to-do recommendations culled from Lonely Planet's idiosyncratic mix of travel authors, staff and traveler feedback. Bluelist is this year's socially conscious, well-informed travel agenda, capturing the world's human and scenic wonders in vibrant color photography and bold blue graphics.
Bluelist is distilled into two sections, each prefaced with a thoughtful essay on today's travel experience and world travel trends. Part One is a 40-item list of Things to Do, revealing the best destinations to, among other things, see wildlife, peruse public art or sling your beach hammock. Ideas abound in bulleted (and often wise-cracking) glory. Part Two tells you where the staff-selected hotspots are, from the Americas and Europe to the sub-Sahara and beyond. Individual reviewers realistically and shrewdly describe each spot with fact, cultural lore, sociopolitical and economic analysis, including tips on packing, gabbing with locals, what to see and what to avoid. Bluelist tantalizes with the exotic, educational, slightly edgy and always entertaining possibilities of place.