© 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.
Olivia Giovetti questions whether the Kohnstamm debacle is ultimately better for travelers and guidebook publishers alike.
Lonely Planet fraudster … er … writer Thomas Kohnstamm is trying hard to pooh pooh the controversy surrounding his revelations that he made up large portions of his guidebooks. Kohnstamm earlier revealed to an Australian newspaper that his guidebook to Colombia was not even based on an actual visit to the country – he was [...]
My father visited China a couple of years ago, and with a skill for getting chatting to interesting people that I was lucky enough to inherit from him, he met a middle-aged Chinese man in Beijing who was sitting in a park reading Charles Dickens. The industrial revolution hell of many Dickens novels is not [...]