Author(s): Jasmina Trifoni
All of us have a secret dream: the ideal journey we have wanted to take all our lives, a magical place we have dreamt of visiting sooner or later: a sort of little made-to-measure earthly paradise, far from home where nobody knows us. Travelling, especially with today's tourist industry, is in general seen as the search for somewhere that is different, an elsewhere, whether real or imaginary. It represents a chance to interact with other worlds and cultures, but often, in a sense, it is also an opportunity to encounter places that have been seen over and over through the images that the media increasingly offers to us, a sort of rediscovery of something we already know or with which we have a degree of familiarity. Whatever we mean by it, travelling is more than anything a way to escape everyday reality for distant and unknown lands. Thanks to the richly evocative text by an experienced travel writer and the spectacular images in its large photos, this book offers the reader the possibility of imagining, and finally planning, their perfect vacation, different from any other, prepared especially for them. Or - why not? - their honeymoon.
Taking their inspiration from the 80 dream destinations chosen, some classic, other more fashionable, anyone planning a break from their daily routine will be able to make use of a personalised itinerary to some of the most beautiful tourist spots in the world, choosing the destinations best suited to drawing up an ideal journey. Not any old trip, but a dream vacation. Page after page, 80 fabulous locations are presented, along with the promise of unforgettable emotions, adventures but also moments of great romanticism, as we would expect from a special journey, the journey par excellence. There are proposals for all tastes, as many as there might be readers' wishes. Alongside the usual destinations, often in exotic lands, a number of exciting options are presented for those who wish to indulge in a truly memorable journey, leading to the discovery of new worlds: some of the countries of Africa, of South-East Asia or the Persian Gulf, off the beaten tourist track, offer, for example, the possibility of encountering varied realities and cultures that are rich and diversified, the fruit of the intermingling of various civilizations.
All that remains therefore is to set off to discover the planet, enjoying the uniqueness of each location or itinerary, in an exciting crescendo, that really is a dream.
Jasmina Trifoni is an expert in travel and tourism who worked on the editorial staff of Meridiani for ten years before becoming a freelance journalist. Her books include "Afghanistan: Le Donne, la Guerra, l'Islam" (Emergency), in collaboration with Marco Cattaneo; a three-volume series ("I Tesori dell'Arte," "I Santuari della Natura," and "Antiche Civilta") about UNESCO's world heritage sites; and "Le Citta del Mondo" (White Star).