by Marion S.
Winter’s arrival makes me consider visiting places unlike Seattle. My kind of trip is exploring what’s unique about a place and its history. And having some relaxation time. For my next trip I’m dreaming of a warm or tropical place or just getting far away. In seeking out some books, a few even look like they could be setting the stage for some wilder travel than I’m typically known for doing.
Catriona Rainsford in The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico’s Malabaristras describes meeting a group of Mexican street performers and traveling and living with them for two years across Mexico. Mexican families, if not tourists, are so kind and generous to them. This narrative definitely does not describe a typical Mexican trip to see vibrant Mexico City or ancient ruins in the country.
Hawaii by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising the Hawaiian Islands covers options for Hawaiian cruises, describes ship life and specific “ports of call” activities, and provides concise information on history and culture. To see an active volcano, feel the warm trade winds, and not have to drive – this would be awesome. I’d love to go on a cruise ship just once in my life.
Or, I’ve never been to Florida and I would like to see the alligators. Off the Beaten Path Florida: A Guide to Unique Places, one in a series covering U.S. states, is divided into geographic sections. There are typical tourist lists and intriguing facts in side entries throughout. Packed with well-researched information, this book gives you great insight on alligator and crocodile watching.
And, for beyond books, I plan to look at some online library resources for travel and trip planning, like: the Travel category of the Gale Virtual Reference Library; CultureGrams which covers daily life, history, customs and lifestyles; and PressDisplay, with over 1,700 U.S. and international newspapers in 48 languages. (Remember, for searching the online resources on a computer outside the library, you’ll need to enter your library card number and PIN.)
Are you planning to travel sometime soon? Ask a librarian or call/visit your library about travel information you’d like to find or access online.
Who knows! I could be becoming like Lottie Wilkins, played by Josie Lawrence, in the Enchanted April movie. Once I take my trip, I’ll come back and tell you all about it.