Whether you’re an intrepid or an armchair traveler, visiting an unfamiliar place is an enriching experience. From Albania to Zimbabwe, there are no shortage of travel books to transport you to other locations. But how we travel is just as important as where we go, and here some books to make you a smarter traveler — an earn a square on Book Bingo!
How do you determine what’s essential to take with you? Forgetting essential items can be a drag, and overpacking and lugging overstuffed suitcases is equally frustrating. Those seeking advice should check out How to Pack by Hitha Palepu, who has traveled half a million miles and knows of what she speaks. Lonely Planet has their own guide, How to Pack for Any Trip, which includes illustrations the whole family can enjoy.
It’s no secret that traveling can be expensive. In How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler from National Geographic, Christopher Elliott covers all aspects of travel, including how to obtain discounts, decide on travel insurance, book a car overseas, and more. If you’re cost conscious, look no further than How to Travel the World on $50 a Day to find alternatives to expensive hotels, get into attractions for free, and other ways to make sure your trip is fun and frugal.
Today, most people embark on travel as a form of escape. But travel can also be enlightening and challenging, and Rick Steves demonstrates that with Travel As a Political Act. Steves encourages you to go beyond the beach and the museum to visit places like Morocco and see secular Islam in action, and other places we may fear from the comfort of our American homes. Reclaiming Travel takes it a step further, and author Ilan Stavans argues that tourism today is inauthentic and urges us to reinstate the sense of discovery that travel can provide.
For some people, a week or two of vacation isn’t nearly restorative enough. For those who want — or need — extended travel, Vagabonding is your guide. Rolf Potts provides you with the tools to survive and thrive for up to two years, with advice on how to work overseas to the challenge of reintegrating to life back home. In Wide Open World, the Marshall family volunteer around the globe; coined “voluntourism,” it shows how you can see the world, and help make a difference at the same time.
So now you’ve got all your ducks in a row, and you’re guaranteed to have a great vacation, right? Not so fast. Vacations can be stressful, which we often don’t realize until we step off the plane. In The Happy Traveler, Jaime Kurtz considers the emotional impact that travel can exact and provides guidance so that you enjoy every minute of your journey.
~posted by Frank B.
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