I started my trip with this book. It's actually my first Bill Bryson book--but certainly not my last. He has a funny, easy-to-read, informative style that makes you turn the pages faster than you think. I've been wanting to go to Australia for a bit and this book only fueled the fire. Aside from so many deadly creatures (on which this book places significant emphasis!) it sounds like an amazing country. Yes, thanks to this book, Australia just got bumped up a few notches on my ASAP destination list.