“Where the Locals Go: More than 300 Places Around the World to Eat, Play, Shop, Celebrate and Relax” by National Geographic (National Geographic, 287 pages, in stores)
Every dream of taking in a Russian ballet, relaxing in a Turkish bath or enjoying a gourmet hot dog in Iceland?
That last one’s probably not on your travel list, but after reading “Where the Locals Go,” it might be.
“Where the Locals Go” is a nonfiction book compiled by the National Geographic travel team that offers suggestions for travel destinations around the world.
The book is organized geographically, with an extra chapter on 15 great cities. It covers most of the globe, with cities in six continents included.
Leave it to National Geographic to make absolutely everything seem alluring and exotic. The book contains hundreds of ideas.
While photos make up about half the book’s content, the compelling yet concise writing style still manages to provide plenty of information for would-be globetrotters.
Some selections seem fairly obvious, like getting fish and chips in Dublin, Ireland, but most are a little more unique, like those hot dogs, which are apparently made from a combination of lamb, pork and beef, braised in beer, and enclosed in a “light and fluffy bun.”
Unfortunately, the broad-based effort means the book gives you just a nibble of culture from each locale instead of a full taste. It’s clearly meant to function more as an inspirational work than a real travel guide, and in that respect, it succeeds.
“Where the Locals Go” also showcases a lot of seasonal celebrations and festivals, so if your travel plans are limited by school vacations or work schedules, you may be left dreaming instead of booking your flight.
— Hayley Riggs McGhee