Few authors have helped to evolve the 21st century backpacker’s “movement” like Rolf Potts. His inimitable work Vagabonding arguably inspired more young people to venture out into the world than any other book of the last ten years (Rolf’s probably too modest to say so, but I’m not …). Rolf joined us in 2008 to [...]
Few books were as critical or inspirational to my embracing the idea of long term travel as Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. Eschewing the model of the typical travel reference guide, the book instead focused on:
Gigantic Mr. Darcy in the Serpentine © TaylorHerring The scene from Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy emerges from the water is a memorable one. Just ask Bridget Jones. Now it has been supersized. A giant sculpture of the fictional Mr. Darcy was created to promote a new Drama television channel in the UK, and [...]
© Shockingly Tasty When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in Orlando, I was regaled by young and old with tales of chugging Butter Beer and other Potterian adventures. It sounded like a lot of fun, but now I’m glad that I held out. I’m not going until I can ride on the Hogwarts [...]
Dietmar Eckell is self-publishing a photo book featuring nothing but plane crash photography. He’s visited dozens of crash sites already – some nearly 70 years old. Aptly titled Happy End, the book will focus only on those crashes where all of the passengers survived. © Dietmar Eckell The images are striking, humbling, disconcerting, and fascinating. [...]
Frommers guidebook © Jen Gallardo The travel community was disappointed and dismayed by Google’s recent decision to cease publishing Frommer’s guidebooks, the news that Frommers founder Arthur Frommer has reacquired the brand is likely to make many people happy once again. Google acquired the Frommers brand from publishing house Wiley & Sons in 2012. Arthur [...]
Everyone I know brings at least one good book along while traveling, but everyone seems to have a different strategy when choosing their lettered companion. It should be long or it shouldn’t be that long … No, it should be something you’ve never read before or it should be something you’ve read a thousand times. [...]
From Chuck Thompson’s excellent To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism: If there’s one lesson I’ve prized from my years of travel it’s this: no place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be. Government bureaucrats are more concerned with covering their asses by issuing ludicrous [...]
Just keep the volume to an appropriate level ©Andrew* The book that has been a top Amazon.com seller for months, increased sales of rope, and has been banned from libraries in three states, will soon be added to Virgin Atlantic’s audiobook offerings. You heard that right–E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Gray,” the book deemed “romantica” [...]
I never wanted to publish an eBook. Our readers and colleagues all said we should. With more than five years and 4,000 posts worth of content, it seemed like the logical thing to do, right? But I was adamant because, honestly, it always felt a bit sleazy in a “late night Billy Mays ShamWow infomercial” [...]
“…and he seriously had the nerve to ask for another bag of peanuts” ©deathtiny42 Throughout her 17 years as a flight attendant, one might say Heather Poole took on another career–that of anthropologist. With thousands of passengers to greet, week to week, Poole has quite the collection of anecdotes. In “Cruising Altitude: Tales of Crashpads, [...]
If there’s one bit of kit I can’t live without while traveling, it’s … well actually, it’s my iPhone. But running a very close second is my eReader. I’ve long been a fan of Amazon’s Kindle and still am. But when Sony kindly offered to forward a sample of their latest Touch Screen eReader for [...]
© Felix Torkar The earth has many stupdendous things in it – often small and ordinary at first glance, but upon a closer look they take on a beauty that is unexpected. It is a question of stopping to look at the visions around us, to note them and enjoy. Some of the best photographers [...]
Are you looking to read and travel? Look no further and stay at an official Literature Hotel. Isabel Eva Bohrer shares 9 establishments to get you started.
Every great city has a particular place that book-lovers know. In Istanbul it’s Sahaflar Carsisi, the bookseller’s souk, where cats doze on top of the books or dodge the feet of passers-by; in Paris it’s the left bank of the Seine, where the bouquinistes have their barrows; and in London, it’s the area around the [...]
Isabel Eva Bohrer reveals six travel books whose adventures you can mirror in real life.
“From Gothic cathedrals to revamped factories, these spaces will make you rethink your Kindle.” Indeed. Full slideshow/gallery at Salon.com.
Each travel guide book has its own little niche. Annemarie Dooling explores the options to reveal which series is best for you.
An exclusive Q&A with Rolf Potts – world traveler and author of Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer.
Nora Dunn pinpoints four alternatives to help you ditch your traditional travel guidebooks and plan your entire trip online.