Turns out nature’s call can be answered while surrounded by actual nature in plenty of cases.
Mountain peaks, deserts, tropical islands, from the arty to the high-tech, Lonely Planet’s new book, Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide, has them all, featuring more than 100 of the world’s most interesting and amazing lavatories. And we've got 10 right here for your perusal, you lucky ones.
“As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms,” says the book’s introduction. “Whatever you prefer to call them – lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, washroom or water closet – toilets are a (sometimes opaque, often wide-open) window into the secret soul of a destination.”
In which case we dread to think what ours says about us (windowless bog box in overpriced London cupboard?).
The book is out now and available from lonelyplanet.com. Meanwhile, pull up a (porcelain) pew and have a browse through our gallery below.
Images and picture captions reproduced with kind permission from Lonely Planet