“Travel magic is not about what you’re doing, it’s about whom you’re doing it with.” (p. 69)
I think…at least for me it’s true what they say; when you live somewhere for a long time you tend to take things for granted. For instance, I’ve lived in Canada all my life and while I love travelling and have been to several different places, I have not visited much of the country I was born in.
What I love about Robin Esrock’s The Great Canadian Bucket List: One of a Kind Travel Experiences is that it provides not just outsiders, but Canadians a glimpse of what our country has to offer in terms of things to do, eat and observe. The book is separated into thirteen different sections for each of the provinces and territories that comprise Canada; and I loved how the sections were arranged in order from west coast to east coast followed by the three territories in the north. In addition to the organization, another thing this book has is a unique format. In each section the writer lists different things that he recommends readers should definitely try. Just like with any bucket list, the recommendations are actual items off of Esrock’s own bucket list and things that he in reality has tried himself for the book. This gives The Great Canadian Bucket List, a somewhat travel memoir feel in addition to it being a travel guide to Canada.
Overall The Great Canadian Bucket List: One of a Kind Travel Experiences is a straightforward and entertaining read and guide to Canada. It is informative without being overwhelming and has an excellent balance of stunning photography, personal antidotes, historical tidbits, travel tips, and expert recommendations. After finishing this book, I can say for certain my wanderlust has definitely worsened and I am extra eager to embark on a road trip across Canada…now if only I can find someone willing to go with me who can drive.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.