The YOLO Generation

You Only Live Once Lonely Planet

What It Is: We’re in the final halcyon days of school for lots of folks right now, with college and high school graduations aplenty. If you’re on the hunt for a great grad gift – let me recommend this one to you. It’s a cool coffee table / inspiration book crafted by Lonely Planet; one of the world’s foremost tourism guides with a bit of an indie, underground, ‘go where the locals go’ spin. The focus here is less on a guide to a specific city, and more on inspiring you to live every day to the fullest, with 1,000 ideas for ways to spend your precious time on this planet. The cool part is the way they’ve divided the book up into chapters based on how long an activity will take you. A tattoo, for example, may take just an hour or two. Got a week to spare? Try a hike through the Appalachians. No matter what, this awesome book will inspire the next generation to get out, experience life, and see the world.

Who It’s For: Your graduating niece / nephew / son / daughter. Your wanderlust-fueled sibling. Your parents, as an introduction to their ‘third act’ in life.

What It Costs: The list price is $41.99

Where It’s At: Buy it online at or try your local bookseller.

BONUS ENTRY into this week’s new beachy keen giveaway – tell me in the comments below, what do you think of this groovy grad-inspired gift?

28 Responses to “The YOLO Generation”
  1. aclily19 says:

    Really cool idea, nice to browse through at home, but looks huge for actually taking with you on vacation. Maybe an e-book version would be better.

  2. Aimee says:

    This would make a good retirement gift. I am a subscriber.

  3. Joan G. says:

    Always looking for new experiences – would love a copy.

  4. aketch says:

    This would certainly make a unique gift!

  5. janicour says:

    I would consider this as a gift for some of the grad I know.

  6. Heather Swanson says:

    very informative

  7. I think it’s a very cool gift for a wide range of people

  8. katydidit21 says:

    My son just graduating and is planning on travelling before grad school. This would be a great gift for him.

  9. Kay Burke says:

    Love this book – and my daughter is moving to New Zealand after finishing her course & I am going to buy her a copy of this. When we graduated (long time ago!) a cool gift received was a suitcase – for promises & dreams of far flung places.

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    This would be such a great grad gift!

  11. Erin W says:

    I love this idea, I could have used one when I graduated!

  12. Toks W says:

    Pretty neat!

  13. bkick1 says:

    A great gift for grad.

  14. Jennifer Kelsie says:

    Great Gift…especially for a grad!

  15. Giselle says:

    A good gift especially if you don’t know their likes and dislikes because it is for everyone.

  16. Kim K says:

    This would be a great coffee table book that is really suitable for anyone!

  17. marla says:

    I ithnk this is a great idea for a new grad

  18. intensev5 says:

    I think it’s a great gift idea!!!

  19. Lindsey says:

    This looks like a fun book!

  20. Anne Derkat says:

    So neat. My grandson graduates from high school this year. It would be for him.

  21. Alison K says:

    BONUS We Built Sandcastles ENTRY: I think this groovy grad-inspired gift is actually good for all ages. We’re never too old to explore! Thanks

  22. Susan says:

    I think this is a great gift for grads or for anyone who wants to take a fresh approach to their life.

  23. cookie3 says:

    I think this is a great gift idea.

  24. AliKira says:

    Looks like a fun book!

  25. janicour says:

    I think this is a unique gift idea, and I would buy it for a grad!!

  26. Lisa S says:

    This sounds like a great book, I will for sure be checking this one out!

  27. diane says:

    I think this would make a great grad gift.

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