New Travel books for December

Feel like travelling in the summer holidays? Here are some places and ideas for you to peruse!

Syndetics book coverPlaces to go, people to see / Kate Spade New York.
Places to go, people to see” focuses on the how, where and why of travel through the lens of the always-inspired Kate Spade New York girl. this new volume features vibrant photography, old-world glamour, a dash of charm and inspirational quotes, tips and words of wisdom that every Kate Spade New York girl should know. …showcases chic destinations such as paris, new york city, the amalfi coast, marrakech, tokyo, and st moritz, along with ways to incorporate those things seen, heard and experienced into life back home.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn innocent abroad : life-changing trips from 35 great writers / edited by Don George.
“The title is, of course, a play upon the Mark Twain classic… Sloane Crosley, a first-time visitor to Australia, learns that discretion outranks valor when she decides not to jump off a cliff into the ocean in winter. Tim Cahill describes his sense of awe and wonder when, as a young college student on spring break, he witnessed a sunrise over a high-desert mountain range in Utah. The great Jan Morris was a 20-year-old lieutenant when enchanted with the celestial beauty of Venice. Lloyd Jones learned a life lesson when he tried, unsuccessfully, to con a stranger by creating a false identity while in a Zurich bar…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMountain to mountain : a journey of adventure and activism for the women of Afghanistan / Shannon Galpin.
“Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. In addition to launching the non-profit, in 2009 Galpin became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. Now she’s using that initial bike ride to gain awareness around the country, encouraging people to use their bikes “as a vehicle for social change and justice to support a country where women don’t have the right to ride a bike.” Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep desire to help women and girls halfway across the world, her love for adventure and sports, and her own inspiration to be so much more than just another rape victim.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRoof explorer’s guide : 101 New York City rooftops / by Leslie Adatto ; photographs, Heather Shimmin and Ari Burling.
Roof explorer’s guide : 101 New York City rooftops by Leslie Adatto is the first and ultimate guide to an urban treasure trove of rooftop gems. This complete guide showcases a dazzling array of surprising rooftop escapes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, from hotel rooftop bars and restaurants to elevated parks to museums, theaters, green roofs and elevated farms. (It) even features rooftop classes, entertainment and sports…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe White Nile diaries / John Hopkins.
“…It all began at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, New York, in 1961. Two Princeton graduates, John Hopkins and Joe McPhillips, have returned from Peru, where they dreamed of buying a coffee plantation in the jungle. Hatching a plan to ride a motorbike across North Africa, they buy a sleek, white R50 BMW and paint her name–‘The White Nile’–on the fuel tank, in honor of the route they plan to follow. In clear, elegant prose, Hopkins describes deadly salt deserts and fig-laden oases, disappeared travelers and the funerals of young Tunisians killed in the battle for independence. …They encounter armed vigilantes in the Tunisian desert and outrun Libyan border patrols, barely escaping with their lives. They climb the pyramids of Giza at dawn and ride the ‘Desert Express’ across the wastelands of the Nubian Desert, but their final adventure, at Sam Small’s Impala Ranch, is perhaps the most surreal of all.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMr Snack and the lady water : travel tales from my lost years / Brendan Shanahan.
“After a decade spent on the road, renowned travel writer Brendan Shanahan is back with Mr Snack and the Lady Water, a collection of darkly funny and unexpected travel writing. In the title piece, Shanahan embarks on what is supposed to be a luxury cruise down the Yangtze River, only to find himself on a three-day endurance test aboard a leaking barge in the company of a mysterious roommate, a pair of neurotic American spinsters and a thousand baseball-capped tourists. Other stories include his sight-unseen, online purchase of a house in Las Vegas, his brief career in Bollywood and a mediation on white guilt in post-apartheid South Africa.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet’s best ever travel tips : get the best travel secrets & advice from the experts / by Tom Hall.
“This illustrated and fully updated edition of Lonely Planet’s pocket-sized bestseller contains our best-ever tips, tricks and trade secrets for stress-free travelling, all brought to life and made easy to understand with stylish, witty illustrations. Find out where the best seats are on a plane, how to avoid bug bites and which essential gadgets you should never leave home without. Featuring contributions from a range of travel writers, industry experts and staff, this book contains the ultimate insider secrets for travellers and ensures you stay safe and happy on the road.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 water adventures to do before you die / Lia Ditton.
“From paddle-boarding the Mississippi to big game fishing off Mexico, from floating in the Dead Sea to swimming with jellyfish in Palau, from iceboating in Russia to sailing non-stop round the world, this book promises to inspire dreamers to become doers. Featuring experiences in every corner of the globe and accompanied by stunning photography and bite-sized practical information, this book accommodates every mood, budget, timespan and level of challenge. Diverse and utterly captivating, this book is guaranteed to enthral thrill-seekers, water lovers and armchair readers alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThailand / contributors, Philip Cornwel-Smith… [and others].
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer, whether you’re traveling to major destinations such as Bangkok and Phuket or want to experience diving in Ko Tao, elephant riding in Chang Mai, or the monuments in Wat Si Chum. (This book) explores the culture, history, and architecture of this country, accompanied by full-color photographs, 3-D cutaway illustrations, and floor plans of all the must-see sights. …detailed maps, as well as listings of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment, tours, scenic walks and more. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Here’s a suggestion for those contemplating a trip to Thailand:

Syndetics book coverGet talking Thai in ten days [sound recording] : audio course / David Smyth.
“When travelling, do you want to journey off the English-speaking path? Meet people and communicate easily? Avoid misunderstandings and have fun? …Then you need to Get Talking! Through 10 common scenarios plus culture and travel advice, this beginner level audio course will give you the skills for understanding and the confidence to speak – in just 10 days. Through our interactive Discovery Method, you’ll: Practise the most frequent words and expressions for: greeting people, checking into a hotel, asking for directions, ordering food and more… ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)