I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review.
As you all know, I’m a huge fan of National Geographic’s coffee table books and how they inspire me to get out and see the world. I’m also a national park-obsessed traveler. If there is a national park in the country I am headed to, you know that is going to be at the top of my list.
On the other hand, the first continent I associate national parks with is not Europe. I might think North or South America or maybe even Asia, but I never really thought to consider what Europe might have to offer when it comes to its natural wonders. As an area so overshadowed by its culturally-rich cities, I never really thought to look at what its national parks had to offer.
My copy of National Geographic’s Complete National Parks of Europe came exactly at the right time. Daniel and I are headed to Iceland within a few weeks and the national parks there are at the top of our list of things we want to do while we are there. Providing insider information and the stunning photography that NatGeo is known for, this book has everything we need in order to get inspired and to plan what to see and do while we are there.
The coffee table book I received also came in paperback, which I found super helpful if you want to stow it in your suitcase on your trip. It truly is a “complete” volume too—you have national parks from every corner covered. I found myself flipping to the parks I knew I had been to like the Sierra Nevada in Spain and Triglav in Slovenia. Each section offered helpful tips by region and also made a convincing case for travelers to get out of urban areas and to explore more of the outdoors in Europe.
It also inspired me to add some new locations on my list. Have you ever heard about the Nera Gorge-Beusnita National Park in Romania? I hadn’t, and it looks absolutely beautiful. For the nature lover in your life who loves to get off the beaten path, this is the perfect gift item. For me, it’s going on my desk so the next time I head to a European country, I can look up the corresponding national parks first before I go and plan my trip around it.
This book reminded me of how much world there still is to see and why you should make the effort to return to some locations. It made me realize that the next time I travel to France, I’m going to visit Vanoise National Park rather than immediately resorting to Paris or Nice. As always, National Geographic awakens even the most reluctant explorer to seek lesser-known areas and to enjoy the world for all of its beauty.
Do you have any National Geographic books? Which ones have inspired you?