New Zealanders love to travel. Read the history of the OE, then travel vicariously through Europe, Africa, South America, and the whole world with our picks for April.
Flying Kiwis : a history of the OE / Jude Wilson.
“Leaving home to see the world is something that succeeding generations of young New Zealanders have done in ever-increasing numbers. The ‘overseas experience,’ or the ‘OE,’ has been the topic of countless individual travel accounts, and has provided subject matter for plays, films, and novels. …Based on the oral accounts of several hundred travelers across all seven decades of the OE, this vibrant history shows how the OE has changed over time. Well illustrated with the ephemera of popular culture surrounding youth travel, Flying Kiwis traces the emergence of the OE, as well as the transport, media, and other networks that have supported it. Laced with humor and entertaining anecdotes, Flying Kiwis is an essential read for anyone who has arrived in a foreign city with only a few dollars and the address of a friend’s cousin.” (Back cover)
How to travel the world for free : one man, 150 days, eleven countries, no money! / Michael Wigge.
“Wigge, a journalist and anchor for the German television program “London Calling”, has produced a hilarious and touching account of his 25,000-mile trip in 150 days, starting in Berlin and ending in Antarctica, without bringing along any money. He first agreed to work on a cargo ship from Argentina to his destination and then set out from Berlin to meet the ship by bartering, bargaining, hitchhiking, and depending on the kindness of strangers. Wigge learned how to eat by dumpster diving and convincing restaurant owners to fund his travel project with handouts. He found places to sleep on the computer site couchsurfing.com and earned money by working various jobs.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Danube : a journey upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest / Nick Thorpe.
“Thorpe traveled up the Danube, exploring the river that both separates and connects so many countries that Westerners generally know so little about: Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia are some of the countries with a rich history on the banks and in the waters of the Danube, which flows from the Black Forest of Germany to the Black Sea. …Today, fishermen are still relying on the Danube, though fish populations are threatened, and shepherds still move their sheep among pastures, but many villages have lost their younger people. Like the sturgeon moving upriver, many leave the eastern Danube region to find work in the West. Balkan wars and the Iron Curtain have left their mark on the Danube and its people, and Thorpe explores the conflicts and the scars that remain.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Round the bend / Alistair McGuinness.
“I thought that the opportunity to backpack around the world had passed me by. I was not brave enough to give up a good job. Then came the shock news that the car plant was closing and I realised that my moment had come. In Ecuador we tried to save the Amazon and in Tanzania we tried saving ourselves from psychotic taxi drivers. In Zimbabwe we were chased by wildlife, in Zanzibar we were chasing sunsets. In Bolivia we searched for the remains of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and ended our trip finding miners searching for silver deep underground. Getting lost in Stone Town and trekking through Peru was all part of the adventure. In Africa we slept under the Milky Way and had a wake up call on the Zambezi. In the South Pacific we slept metres from the beach and, after a night flight, we woke in Australia to start a new life.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Delicious days in Paris : walking tours to explore the city’s food and culture / Jane Paech.
“Beautiful, romantic Paris, with its endless layers of history and cornucopia of shops filled with exquisite clothes and delicious food — where do you even start? Delicious Days in Paris is a day-by-day guided tour of this spectacular city, with fourteen themed walks through some of her favourite areas. … This book is a clear, practical guide to the very best that Paris has to offer, with addresses and useful information to help you find every place that has been mentioned, written in Jane Paech’s warm, friendly, personal style.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Encircle Africa : around Africa by public transport / [Ian M. Packham].
“In this solo 25,000 mile by any means journey through 31 countries, Ian travels through Africa at its most raw and real. Attempting to complete the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport, equivalent to circling the Earth at the equator, Ian experiences life without schedules. He rides beaten-up bush taxis, flatbed trucks, dugout canoes, and a van delivering freshly-made meat pies in order to traverse the continent. Entirely reliant on local populations for more than 13 months, Ian fights off thieves in Senegal, is mistaken for an undercover UN official during Liberia’s presidential election, refused entry into Congo, and while in Sudan becomes perhaps the only person tear-gassed trying to visit a museum.” (Syndetics summary)
Spartacus international gay guide 2014/2015.
“Universally recognised as the best gay travel guide, 2014 Spartacus International Gay Guide has everything gay men need to know when visiting any country in the world. Includes maps, transport, accommodation, beaches, cruising areas, restaurants and nightlife. Now in its 43rd edition, this is the longest running gay guide in print. Spartacus is the benchmark for gay travel and the most authoritative, up-to-date guide available. Meticulously researched and fully revised, the all-new Spartacus takes the stress out of travel.” (Syndetics summary)
Roads to Santiago / Cees Nooteboom ; translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke.
“Roads to Santiago is an evocative travelogue through the sights, sounds, and smells of a little known Spain-its architecture, art, history, landscapes, villages, and people. And as much as it is the story of his travels, it is an elegant and detailed chronicle of Cees Nooteboom’s thirty-five-year love affair with his adopted second country. He presents a world not visible to the casual tourist, by invoking the great spirits of Spain’s past-El Cid, Cervantes, Alfonso the Chaste and Alfonso the Wise, the ill-fated Hapsburgs, and Velazquez.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Beaches : 100 ultimate escapes / edited by Sabrina Talarico with Stefano Passaquindici.
“Ranging across all the coasts of the world–the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the quaintness of Love Beach in the Bahamas, and the metropolitan shoreline of Copacabana in Brazil–this beautifully illustrated volume offers an exclusive tour of 100 of the most beautiful beaches in the world; each one a trip of a lifetime. …unique perspective for travelers everywhere by introducing far-off destinations that are not necessarily on the more familiar tourist itineraries. “Beaches: 100 Ultimate Escapes” includes useful maps and website references, making this an indispensable reference as well as a sumptuous book for the armchair traveler.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Women travelers in Egypt : from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century / edited by Deborah Manley.
“Until late in the nineteenth century, few guidebooks acknowledged the presence of women as travelers–although women had been traveling around the world for centuries. Women’s accounts of their journeys, distinct from those of male travelers, began to appear more frequently in the early nineteenth century, and Egypt was a popular destination. Women had more time to watch and describe; they were more dependent on the Egyptian staff; they spent time both in the harems of Cairo and with the women they met along the Nile. Some of them, like Sarah Belzoni, Sophia Poole, and Ellen Chennells, spoke Arabic. Others wrote engagingly of their experiences as observers of an exotic culture, with special access to some places no man could ever go. From Eliza Fay’s description of arriving in Egypt in 1779 to Rosemary Mahoney’s daring trip down the Nile in a rowboat in 2006, this lively collection of writing by over forty women travelers includes Lady Evelyn Cobbold, Isabella Bird, Winifred Blackman, Norma Lorimer, Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Edwards, and Lucie Duff Gordon.” (Dust jacket)
Travels with Tinkerbelle : 6,000 miles around France in a mechanical wreck / Susie Kelly.
“The author and her husband devised a simple plan – to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle.On the second day of their journey Tinkerbelle begins to self-destruct, helped by the new dog who does his best to eat her from the inside out. This is their story, as they travel from sandy beaches to snow-topped mountains exploring the diverse cultures, cuisines and countryside making up the country called France. Their journey takes them to places out of the ordinary, meeting interesting characters and witnessing ancient traditions. While the dogs rejoice in the freedom they find running on the beaches, Susie and Terry spend a lot of time holding their breath, wondering whether Tinkerbelle will manage to negotiate impossible mountain routes and get them home before she completely disintegrates.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)