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Have Book, Will Travel: 6 Literary Road Trips

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The most effective way humans can connect with and understand one another is, arguably, through a shared experience. If you have ever read a novel that detailed a personal experience or an awakening you resonated with, then you’re probably aware of the intricate emotional connection that literature can evoke. Narratives, featuring trying or thought-provoking journeys as a plot basis, can be highly inspirational. Readers may find themselves yearning for that experience, usually to better understand themselves or reality as a whole. Mimicking literary works — or aspects of them — in real-life can also provide insights into the author’s point-of-view, deepening that connection that transcends time and space. There are several works that leave bread crumb trails throughout North America.…

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Foodies Rejoice For Lonely Planet’s “Ultimate Eats”

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Sampling delicious pintxos along the grid of narrow streets in San Sebastián’s old town has been named the #1 best food experience in the world, according to global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eats (Lonely Planet), available to purchase August 21. In the much-anticipated follow-up to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel (Lonely Planet) Ultimate Eats: The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences…Ranked  travels the world with an insatiable appetite to present the definitive foodie bucket-list of the world’s top 500 food experiences – ranked. Whether it’s baozi in Shanghai, steak tartare in Paris or clam chowder in Boston – food and place are inextricably connected. Whenever we eat while traveling, we don’t just taste the dish itself but experience the whirl of people, languages, aromas and…

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BookTrib Interview with Rick Steves on Transformational Travel and Global Perception

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Best-selling travel guide author, the host of multiple travel TV shows and radio programs: if you’ve ever even thought about traveling, you’ve come across Rick Steves. Just a few years ago, Steves came out with his television special The Holy Land: Israel and Palestine Today, and now he has an updated version of his best-selling book, Travel as a Political Act. BookTrib was able to sit down with Steves to chat about travel, how the news changes perceptions of the world, and that one country everyone should visit. BookTrib: Travel As A Political Act is such a great title, and really powerful, too. Tell us about your own traveling experiences and what the title means to you? Rick Steves: “Travel as a Political Act” means…

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Letting Dreams Soar: How Travel Changed My Life

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always dreamed of flying away to faraway places. I certainly have the travel gene. Every time I would see an airplane, my attention would dissipate for a moment while my 6-year-old self would ponder where the plane was going. It wasn’t long after our first family vacation to Florida that my interest in flying quickly became one of the consuming parts of my life. By the time I turned 15, I had flown well over 344,000 miles to four states. At that point, many people — especially my age — might consider this an accomplishment, or just insane. The truth is every single one of those miles was flown for a family…

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Wanderlust Achieved with Lonely Planet’s New Money-Saving Travel Guide

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There are many reasons why people don’t travel: fear of flying, packing anxiety, the inability to decipher simple road signs in Chinese. The list goes on. But one of the biggest issues holding people back from satisfying their wanderlust is one simple factor: money. Lonely Planet (#LP) has dedicated these pages to unearthing the world’s hidden treasures, keeping things free and cheap in as many places as possible. Before you hit the road, you’ll need to take The Best Things in Life are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Guide (Lonely Planet, August 9, 2016) with you. My particularly favorite sections are: Free Music When traveling, I always look for live music and entertainment. Try the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, open mic…

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Chill Out: Cold Vacation Destination Travel Books to Save You from the Summer Heat

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Everyone loves summer, right? From thigh sweat to sand in your shorts, it’s everyone’s favorite season. Ice cream making your hands sticky? No problem. Loud kids everywhere because they’re out from school? Bring it on! Mosquito bites galore after a late-night barbecue? Who cares….? If summer is weighing on you a bit, fear not – there are some fantastic vacation destinations that will bring you sweet wintry relief. We’ve got the low-down on the chilliest out-of-the-way vacation spots for your inner Yeti and the travel guides you’ll need along the way! You don’t need to melt to catch some sweet summer fun! Patagonia  Image Courtesy National Geographic   If you’re looking to visit the one place on Earth that’s closest…

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6 Tips to Conquer Cyber Monday! Plus: Score the Best Technology and Travel Deals

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Scouring the internet for the best deals can be a bit overwhelming on Cyber Monday. Where do you start? What will you need to know? Can you really get the complete Harry Potter series for $50 or less?! A laptop for $200? Perhaps! How? No worries. We’ve got you covered with the best tips for 2015’s online haul. Check the times when things go on sale and show up on-time, better yet—get yourself situated early. Most deals take place quickly and are limited availability and you don’t want to be left in the dust. Have an idea of what you’re looking for—lists are your friend. Don’t run around the internet like a turkey with its head cut off (too soon?).…

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6 Locations to Add to Your Travel Bucket List Thanks to Lonely Planet

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Like many of you, I dream of distant lands—raging waterfalls that cascade over the jungle’s edge, villas stacked tightly along the cliffs and oceans so clear you can see to the bottom. Then, the phone rings and I’m sucked out of my computer screensaver and back to reality. You feel my pain. So, when Lonely Planet released ULTIMATE TRAVEL: Our List of the 500 Best Places on the Planet…Ranked, (Lonely Planet; October 20, 2015) I was sold. I’ve long been filling my mental bucket of places I must see; If I had it my way, I’d be flying on a plane tonight to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, wailing tomatoes at strangers in Buñol, Spain (La Tomatina festival is…

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Pack this! Lighten your load with these simple steps

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Here at BookTrib we know that sometimes you just don’t have answers to your problems. That’s why we’re here to pass along some insight and try to solve the question at hand with a few quick hacks and helpful advice. Each week, we’re tackling a new problem and answering your burning questions. For our first advice column, we’re discussing all-things packing. Get at us on our Facebook page if you’ve got a dilemma you just can’t get to the bottom of.     Q. Hi BookTrib! I’m having full-on meltdown. I’m days away from going on my dream Caribbean vacation for two weeks (Can you say excited?!) but I’m at a complete loss for what to pack and how to make…

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Find your Pride Month celebration in the Guide to Pride

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While it’s a wonderful thing to be proud of who you are all year-round, June is the month in which it’s celebrated officially in the LGBT community with elaborate parades, music festivals and rallies. All month long, cities around the U.S. are hosting Pride events to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a pivotal turning point for gay rights in the U.S. Here a just a few of the spots you can join in the festivities and the educational events the rest of this month: NYC PRIDE (NEW YORK, NY) – June 21-28 New York has a number of pride events throughout the month, including Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Harlem Pride, Rockland County Pride, Queen City Pride (Hudson Valley)…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Hannah Papp on How to Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World

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Part memoir, part guidebook, The Mystical Backpacker invites you to explore your inner terrain and learn how to create your own unique version of a modern day vision quest or walk-about.  Tired of living a life based on other’s expectations, Hannah Papp quit her job, bought a EuroRail ticket and a map, notified her landlady, and left town. Embarking on a journey across Europe with no plan and no direction, Hannah stumbled into becoming a modern-day Mystical Backpacker. Along the way her discoveries and the teachers she encountered allowed her to go on a deeper journey into the self and the spirit—revealing the real self she had long been missing. The Mystical Backpacker shows you how to identify the signs along the road…

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5 Reasons to ditch your friends and travel solo

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Does the idea of solo travel leave you cold? For some, the thought of hopping on a plane, navigating foreign streets, or dining in a restaurant without a companion leaves them wide-eyed and paralyzed with fear. But while there are perks to exploring someplace new with your trusty crew or beau, sometimes you are your own best company. Traveling with a book as your sole companion can lead to deep soul-searching and relaxation on a higher level, advises April Masini of Ask April. Not convinced? Consider all solo travel can offer you: 1. Meet new people. Without a travel companion for social engagement, you’re forced to notice strangers beside you. If you’ve got a friend, it’s easy to ignore the…

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5 Gorgeous, endangered places to remember on Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day, global citizens! First celebrated in 1970 to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, this originally groovy holiday has evolved to become an international observance focused on the environment and the health of the planet. In fact, President Barak Obama spent his Earth Day in the Florida Everglades to call attention to their plight. To mark Earth Day, here are five of our most beautiful, but endangered, earthly vistas. We hope you’ll consider playing a role in their preservation so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. ANTARCTICA Why it’s a treasure: Its ice cap holds 90 percent of all water on Earth, making it crucial to our existence. Why it’s endangered: Rising temperatures is…

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Retirement means adventure in Home Sweet Anywhere

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Retirement isn’t just the end of a career; it can also be the beginning of a whole new life. Just over 12 percent of the American population is 65 or older, and while many of these people may be focused on playing it safe, some, like Lynne Martin and her husband Tim, are interested in adventure. Not content to simply travel during their retirement, the couple wanted to live in a variety of exotic locations. Martin’s book, Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World (Sourcebooks, April) explains how they did it. In order to achieve their dream of living abroad, Lynne and Tim had to first sell their home. The decision…

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Conversation with William Least Heat-Moon on Writing Blue Highways and creative courage

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In 1982, William Least Heat-Moon published Blue Highways, his account of what happened after losing his wife, his job, and his direction in life. In a van he named “Ghost Dancing,” Heat-Moon set out to find a new direction by having no direction—by exploring the United States and the people within her along more than 14,000 miles of the country’s back roads (marked in blue on highway maps). Blue Highways became a best-seller, and catapulted its author into the ranks of America’s top travel authors and historians.  Now, with his latest book, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened (University of Missouri Press), Heat-Moon takes the reader on another journey: that of an unpublished writer struggling to make ends meet as…

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Traveling the Tuscan countryside by armchair: My Italian reading list

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For a bibliophile, one of the challenges (and joys) of any vacation is deciding what reading material to take. Do you bring the most relevant books you can find—travel books about the area you’re visiting, novels set nearby, biographies of famous citizens? Or do you, almost perversely, read something that seems all wrong for the time and place? Despite a decade in the UK, my experience of Europe is woefully limited. My husband attending an ecology conference in Florence was a perfect excuse for some long-overdue Italian exploring. We started off with a whistle-stop tour of Tuscany, including a couple nights at a 200-year-old farmhouse, and then went on to Florence for a week. Here are some of the books…

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