With summer quickly approaching, travel plans are on the rise. Whether you are taking your much-deserved vacation, going somewhere for the weekend or simply enjoying your own town, the warm weather seems like the best time to do so.
If you have yet to make travel plans, National Geographic’s travel books likeJourneys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips make great travel planners. These books compile lists of fabulous trips and destinations. Even if you don’t plan on traveling any time soon it is worth your while to check them out. Their information is compelling and their pictures stunning. The same thing goes for Reader’s Digest, whose collection includes volumes like Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting.
There are several well-known purveyors of travel and city guides. Lonely Planet is ideal for travelers on a budget, full of helpful tips and devoid of fripperies. They are not updated annually so you may want to check the date of publication before buying. Frommer’s Guides are ideal for inexperienced or older travelers as they have information on hotels, restaurants and local sightseeing. Fodor’s Guides are intended for well-off and luxury travelers. Michelin Green Guides are known for their useful maps. Many of these guides are now published in e-book format. For those not wanting to spend money on travel guides, they are usually available for borrowing at public libraries. Some guides also have very useful and comprehensive webpages you can read for free.
If you are looking for travel tips and advice, there are plenty of books out there. The budget-conscious may want to read How to Become the Jack of All Travel: A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling the World for Free by Jacqueline Boss. Fashionistas could probably use A Minimalist Travel Guide: Declutter, Simplify, Travel Light by Nate McHenry and my editor Gisela would probably love How to Travel Full Time by Colin Wright.
Last but not least, a little gem I discovered a few day ago. Country Insights by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is a database of cultural customs and norms around the world. Information includes dress code, how to address people, showing emotion/affection, etc…
Wherever you go, whatever you, do I hope you have an awesome time. Bon Voyage!