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National Geographic’s World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places speaks the secret argot of the globe-trotting community. Roads commonly (Rome) and uncommonly (the Orkney Islands) traveled are captured in five sections, including “Wild Places” and “Paradise Found,” that are jam-packed with tips on how to get there and where to stay. Sprinkled throughout and providing panegyrical wisps on travel’s power to transform are location-specific, in-the-know musings from literary luminaries (Mark Twain!).

National Geographic Books, $40