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FTW: Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys

Madeleine McCarty

Tue Jan 08 2013

FTW: Cooks, Clowns and Cowboys, Lonely Planet

LOOKING for a holiday that packs a punch? Then the Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys is your bible this summer. Read on for Madeleine McCarty’s verdict and a chance to win a copy!

With Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys you don’t have to have an idea of your destined country or interest. All you need is a dream and an aspiration to do something weird on vacation. Whether that be a need to satisfy your lifelong passion for wing walking or learn to make delectable chocolates.

This latest Lonely Planet guide is colossal in terms of content, but compact enough to slip into your travel bag and functionality is paramount. Although it is not set out in any alphabetical order, each of the pages is divided into key headings so that the discerning globe trotter will know practical things like ‘What to Expect’, ‘What you’ll get from it’ and other ‘Practical details’ about each destination.

The pages of this handy guide are also divided by a key. There is literally something for everyone to add to their bucket list. So whether your interests lie in Music and Dance, Active pursuits, Culture and Language, Flora and Fauna, Food and Drink, Mind and Body or Arts and Crafts, you’ll find something to suit your taste. Not to mention find something to stretch your cultural boundaries and maybe even overcome your fears!

Some of the more extreme past times found in this book include grappling with gladiators in Rome, morphing into a Muay Thai warrior in Asia or saddling up with guachos in Argentina.

If you’re after a more reserved experience there are perfume appreciation classes in France, pasta rolling lessons in Italy or roasting your own coffee beans in Guatemala.

But don’t despair if you can’t physically make it to these countries right now. Lonely Planet has the couch traveller covered with a small section called ‘Doing it at home’ at the end of each page.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with the travel bug (or not, because it will give you one). I’m excited for the challenges it will bring to my future travels.

So test out this fabulous travel guide (I know I’m anxious to), you never know what you might discover!

We’ve got a copy of Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys to give away!

For your chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section below, what your ultimate travel experience would be and why. Remember to provide your real name and email address so we can get in touch with you.

The competition closes January 22 and is only open to international students in Victoria. The winner will be picked in a random draw and notified via email.