I know, I know. You’ve probably seen this on all the same gifts guides I have this year, or been reading the column yourself for a while. But it looks so interesting that I thought I’d share it, just in case it hasn’t crossed your path in your search for holiday gifts.
It is a book called 36 Hours, based on the New York Times column by the same name (which I just subscribed to on my Google Reader). Each piece outlines a quick weekend in a different city, starting Friday afternoon around 2 or 3pm and ending on Sunday at noonish. I love the snapshot of the destinations, and the fact that you can learn about so many handpicked places across the globe.
Wouldn’t this make a great gift for the weekend-trippers on your list, or even those “armchair traveler” types who like to learn about the world but aren’t able to traipse around the different countries and cities? If you could use more ideas, my two other favorite travel-related gifts from years past are Off the Tourist Trail and this Rick Steves’ DVD Set. Both are perfect for brainstorming or daydreaming about future trips, and vicariously experiencing places you’ll probably never go.