Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips (National Geographic) For those dreaming of faraway places this book is a good substitute for a pocketful of airline tickets. Each chapter in Journeys of a Lifetime flags up a different kind of transport or trip. Some landmarks, such as the Great Wall of China, are predictable. Most, however, are unusual. For instance, Kerala waters and Pakistan's Grand Trunk Road enter the frame. Amish country makes a refreshing change from five-star fodder. A photograph depicts a ginger-bearded man grinning into the camera. The picture shows members of the Philadelphia sect that shuns technology are not necessarily miserable puritans. Dotted around the book, top-ten lists jazz up the formula. Think bridges to cross, shopping streets to explore, bus journeys, cycle rides and cable-car jaunts. Rightly, Hong Kong's Peak Tram makes the cut in the last category. 'The funicular railway rises briskly up Victoria Peak - at a gradient of 4 to 27 degrees - so that all the buildings seem to be leaning over as you pass by!' This description embodies the book's factual yet breezy style, marred by the exclamation mark, normally the sign of the amateur straining for effect. As you would expect of National Geographic, the photos are good. The most captivating shot depicts a female farmhand at the edge of a sea of chilli peppers - a key ingredient in Goan cuisine. Overall, the effect of the book, which mirrors the spirit of The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys, is hypnotic.