13 Best General Australia & South Pacific Travel

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling General Australia & South Pacific Travel in 2020


Australia (National Geographic Adventure Map)

Australia (National Geographic Adventure Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Australia: The Ultimate Australia Travel Guide By A Traveler For A Traveler: The Best Travel Tips; Where To Go, What To See And Much More (Lost ... Australia Tour, Best of AUSTRALIA Travel)

Australia: The Ultimate Australia Travel Guide By A Traveler For A Traveler: The Best Travel Tips; Where To Go, What To See And Much More (Lost ... Australia Tour, Best of AUSTRALIA Travel)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Australia (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Australia (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Fodor s Travel Publications

Lonely Planet New Zealand (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet New Zealand (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Lonely Planet

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Australia - description & travel

New Zealand (National Geographic Adventure Map)

New Zealand (National Geographic Adventure Map)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Printed on waterproof material.
  • Tear resistant.
  • Stands up to the rigors of travel.
  • Scale 1:1,000,000 (1 = 17 miles).
  • Contour interval: 200 meters.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Dk Pub

Lonely Planet Australia (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Australia (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • LONELY PLANET

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • EYEWITNESS

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Australia DK Eyewitness Travel Guides

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Argentina

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Argentina
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • EYEWITNESS

Fodor's Essential New Zealand (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Essential New Zealand (Full-color Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Fodor s Travel Publications

Michael Palin's "Sahara" Travel Documentary: 10 Years Later

A look back at Michael Palin's "Sahara" ten years later.

The Look

One thing I was saddened about when watching one of Palin's other documentaries, "Pole to Pole", was the picture quality. "Sahara", however, was filmed using HD cameras. While it has yet to be released on Blu-ray and get an upgrade to 1080p, the 720p version available through online streaming video was still very nice. Once again, the action is beautifully framed, and the stunning beauty of the various parts of the Sahara is showcased to great effect. The show is currently only available on DVD or through services like Netflix Streaming, but with the 10-year anniversary just around the corner, maybe a Blu-ray version will be released?

Politics

Once again, Palin exhibits his uncanny timing for traveling through a country during times of interesting political shifts. In "Pole to Pole", he left the borders of the USSR days before the events that would bring about the fall of communism...and he also visits South Africa mere months after apartheid has been lifted.

In "Sahara", Palin begins his journey in Gibraltar, which is under British rule. By the end of filming, Gibraltar is moving towards a shift in leadership. While it is still technically under British authority today, Palin catches the change in sentiment at a very interesting time.

Female circumcision is a frequent topic of conversation, especially in episode 2, and this makes for some fascinating discussions. Religion is another topic that is frequently discussed, and Palin's dry interactions with a French missionary in episode 2 are especially engaging. This is arguably the most politically tense documentary Palin has done.

For "Python" Fans

In the final episode, Palin visits a site used in the filming of Monty Python's "Life of Brian", and there is a great moment where he is watching the DVD of the movie on a portable player just outside the filming site. If you're a hardcore Python fan, you should definitely watch this episode.

Conclusion

This documentary series has aged very well. The picture quality is still very good, many of the same political and social issues are still relevant today, and as always, Palin's dry wit makes for an entertaining program. If you have ever longed to travel to Northern Africa, this documentary is required viewing.

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