The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel and the World (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher*

Want to know how to wear a kilt, kiss a stranger, prevent a hangover, get out of a sinking car, eat a lobster, greet an alien, predict the weather, play croquet and much, much more? The Book of Everthinghas it all. Open the book! Dive in! We guarantee you’ll learn something new. And, equipped for a world of smart, safe and exciting travel, you can use your witty know-how to make friends wherever you go.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Nigel Holmes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet’s mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

‘Lonely Planet. It’s on everyone’s bookshelves; it’s in every traveller’s hands. It’s on mobile phones. It’s on the Internet. It’s everywhere, and it’s telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

*#1 in the world market share – source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013

Community Review

  • A good friend of mine, whom is always asking questions, loves to travel and I thought this would be a nice gift. He loved it! Some of the information, I thought, was common knowledge, but it was a nice visual presentation.

    While it isn’t for seasoned or serious travelers, it is a nice table book for someone who wants to lounge on the sofa and daydream of trips across the oceans.

  • Saw this book suggested for a pre-teen and bought for my 11yr old daughter. After reviewing the book, it is very fun but I am instead giving to an older nephew (17). Note that there are a few references to drinking and pick up lines in it. Nothing too crude, but I’d suggest for high school age teen.
  • Not sure what to say other than I need to buy one for myself. I purchased it as a gift and my friend loved it (she’s a traveler). An example of how cool it is: It has a US map with oddly named cities from each state and you can even look up directions to get there. Great gift, and resource, for any traveler or wannabe.
  • Nigel Holmes is a supreme information graphics artist and his
    work has influence many aspiring students throughout the world.
    This book succinctly demonstrates the ‘art’ of conveying ideas
    and information with style and imagination.
    I recommend that students and fellow professionals would gain a great
    deal of insight from his title.
  • My 14 year old daughter just received this book for Christmas. She has only put it down to sleep and eat. She loves all of the different topics it covers and is enjoying the author’s sense of humor.
  • I got this book for someone as graduation gift, but looked through it before wrapping it. The illustrations are fun and interesting and the topics are great! This would make a great coffee table book that would be a conversation starter. I would like to think its a gift that someone would actually like to receive because I would!
  • Super fast delivery. Was a gift for a friends boyfriend that I don’t really know too well. He thought it was the coolest book ever. I scared through it and now want one for myself!! Kinda cook coffee table book!!
  • Gave this book as a Christmas grab bag item since I thought it would appeal to all ages. It did! A 45 year old pulled it out of the bag and an 18 year-old was fighting with her over it. 😉
  • Fun random facts that you wish you just knew for fun. Great pictures and colors. This would be fun for a young person or an adult. Not too long.
  • Not quite as informational as I was hoping for. It is just a random collection of knowledge that isn’t very detailed. An mildly entertaining quick read, but I probably wouldn’t buy it for anyone else.
  • My 10 year old grandson saw this in a bookstore and unbeknownst to him i later purchased it. when i gave it to him he jumped into my arms he was so excited. if you know anyone who likes facts and numbers and geography, it will be a big hit.
  • Another excellent book by Nigel Holmes. An interesting look at information graphics of everyday things. Great reference book for graphic designers.
  • My boyfriend and I loved this book! He says it will make a great “bathroom book”…… But it has so many interesting facts:)
  • I like it because it is very interesting to go through with children. It is a good start for explanations and discussions.
  • It has interesting topics. It would be great for children and fun gift to give someone. I like Random Trivia so it was fun to read.
  • Oversimplified guide to everything, after you subtract almost everything. Want to know how to fly a commercial airliner after the pilots have gone missing? Read this and pray.
  • “The Lonely Planet Book of Everything”
    Written & Illustrated by Nigel Holmes
    (Lonely Planet, 2012)
    This is a fun book of esoteric knowledge geared towards younger, college-age travelers. This has a similar vibe to the Collins’ Design book, Show Me How with a lot of stylized graphic-visual information presentation, and a mix of pragmatic and slightly goofy topics. The book is divided into several broad categories — general knowledge, outdoor survival, medical tips, etiquette, etc. — and covers a variety of topics. Some, like how to follow the North Star, how to keep your body warm while in the wilderness at night, or how to signal for a plane if stranded in the woods– can literally be life savers. Others, like how to play polo, or how to wear a kilt, are a little more optional. The instructions for a few, such as the self-defense primer which includes only about a dozen pictographs, I’m not so eager to try out, although the tips for how to open a coconut sound cool: I can hardly wait!
    This isn’t really a comprehensive how-to book, but it is a fun read with a good strong sense of humor, and also contains a lot of useful (or potentially useful) information. One note on the graphics: some pages were so strongly reminiscent of cartoonist Chris Ware’s work that I had to check the credits several times to confirm that he was not actually the artist. (I’m still not convinced he didn’t “ghost” some of this, but if he didn’t, maybe Mr. Holmes would like to buy him a drink sometime… There are some good tips regarding social conventions around alcohol on pages 124-131…) Anyway, this is a fun book, definitely worth picking up either for personal entertainment, or as a gift for somebody about to go on a long trip. (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)

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