I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: travel is so very personal.

Each of us has our own idea of what constitutes a great destination and a great time. Indeed, it’s the beauty of changing seasons is how each one caters to our personal fancies, be it Paris in the spring or Alaska in winter. I’ve already covered this theme in two recent posts, listing 16 Summer Destinations I love and 14 Favorite Fall Destinations.

This year I was honored to write a few pages of National Geographic’s latest large-format photo book, the Four Seasons of Travel (Read the Foreword [p. 7] and May Days in Kiev [pp. 74-75]). It was wonderful to be a part of such a fun and gigantic project, and to add my own travel recommendations to so many voices (Alec Baldwin, Christopher Buckley, Lisa Ling & more), each celebrating their favorite time and place in the world.

Knowing that my family members read my blog, I am letting the cat out of the bag here by announcing that this year’s Christmas present will not be so much of a surprise, but it’s many colorful pages will entertain and inspire them with wanderlust through the coming year. (I hope you like it.)

May I humbly suggest you consider getting the book yourself, not simply for the fact that I wrote a very small portion of it but rather, because the only gift better than travel itself is a book that gets people dreaming about exploring the world.

This book like explores the beauty of the right place at the right time, celebrating the span of seasons across the globe and offering up a simple reminder that it’s not just where you go that matters, but when.

National Geographic's latest photographic table book, "Four Seasons of Travel" inspires readers to explore some of our favorite destinations of the globe in the perfect season. Availalble on Amazon.com and the National Geographic Store. (Photo courtesy of National Geographic Books)

National Geographic’s latest photographic table book, “Four Seasons of Travel” inspires readers to explore some of our favorite destinations of the globe in the perfect season. Availalble on Amazon.com and the National Geographic Store. (Photo courtesy of National Geographic Books)