By Librarian Jane Baird
Tired of sub-zero temperatures, snow and darkness? Feeling a bit of post-holiday letdown? Want to run away to someplace warm and exotic and find a bit of adventure? Perhaps we can help.
The library is chock-full of travel guidebooks by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Frommer and Fodors, to name just a few. Many of the following books are also available as ebooks and audio books through ListenAlaska where you can download them to your favorite portable electronic device.
For the Armchair Traveler:
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Endurance: Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Road Not Taken:
Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor
Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit by Joyce Chaplin
The Gates of Hell by Andrew Lambert
Boreal Ties by Kim Gillis
At the Mercy of the River by Peter Stark
Unforgettable Journeys to Take Before You Die by Steve Watkins
Additionally, if you’re traveling overseas, you may be interested in picking up some basics in another language with Mango. This fun and easy database is conveniently located on our webpage and accessible with your Anchorage Public Library card. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you’ll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you’ll know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations. You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you’ll learn how to communicate.
Finally, as we are updating our magazine and journal collection, you may see some fresh new travel titles just in time for planning that get-away-from-winter vacation:
- Food and Travel – an award winning publication that caters to those who lust after exotic locales and adventuresome cuisine
- Lonely Planet Traveller – brought to you by the folks who created the Lonely Planet guide books. Enough said.
- Passport – the insider’s guide to gay travel