Dreaming of Getting Away? Let the Library Help.

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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

Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago by Tim Moore

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

Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo by Beth Whitman

The Gates of Hell by Andrew Lambert

Boreal Ties by Kim Gillis

Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discoveryby Stephen Pyne

At the Mercy of the River by Peter Stark

Unforgettable Journeys to Take Before You Die by Steve Watkins


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Bucket List

Full Circle

Great Historic Sites of the World

Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip

Into the Cold

Into the Wild


Pole to Pole

Stephen Fry in America

Thelma and Louise

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