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 Packby 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.
I finally traveled abroad for the first time last year to Mexico! It was beautiful and rugged, but the best part was the food! I searched and searched the library to track down the food I fell in love with. Here are the recipes I’ve found and the stories attached:
Bacon Wrapped Monkfish with Tequila and Chives: My friend and I arrived in Guadalajara and after that long flight we were starving. We were picked up by her sister and brother-in-law who have lived in a community in San Juan Cosala for a few years so when it came to food we were in good hands. We stopped at a lovely restaurant near their home and sat out in a garden courtyard with a view of the mountains surrounding Lake Chapala. When I visit other places I try to eat things I’ve never had before so I gravitated towards their monkfish special. Now it wasn’t wrapped in bacon, but the flavor of the monkfish was absolutely amazing and the vegetables were so full of flavor. I would soon discover that vegetables in Mexico are the best I’ve ever had. Continue reading “Bringing Mexico Home”
The English love a long walk through the rainy countryside– much like Seattleites! We here in Seattle tend to like our countryside a bit wilder, and not so much molded by human hands, but there are plenty of rugged and untamed landscapes in England as well. The other thing we in Seattle and our friends in England have in common is our connection to our weather; misty and mysterious or sunny and sociable, we appreciate its ups and downs and the way it supports growth of all kinds. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Nonfiction”
Temperatures are dropping, we’ve turned back the clocks, and it’s safe to say that summer is long behind us. But that doesn’t mean the opportunity for travel has passed us by. In fact, there are several reasons why it’s advantageous to plan travel during the off-season.
One of the biggest advantages of traveling during the off-season is because it is exactly that: OFF-SEASON. In other words, you won’t be competing with herds of other travelers. You may find cheaper airfares when less people are buying plane tickets. Most hotels and even some attractions list lower rates during the off-season, so you’ll have some extra currency for more local treats. And you never know, those museum tickets that most people reserve months in advance might just be available for attendance on a whim. Continue reading “Off-season? No problem.”
Tonight is THE night for the dead to crawl out of the underworld and roam the streets. Where are the best places to celebrate both in the US and around the world?
In the USA
Sleepy Hollow, New York. As home of Washington Irving’s chilling tale about a headless horseman who terrorizes a school teacher, Sleepy Hollow takes its creepy reputation very seriously. A month of festivities include 7,000 hand carved jack –o-lanterns, cemetery tours, and dramatic retellings of the famous story.