New Travel Picks for February

With this month comes a crop of new inside guides to Australia, just in time for the end of summer. Check out the clean design and broad scope of Friday Saturday Sunday or browse through the CITIx60 guide to Melbourne, along with the rest of this fresh yet modest global series which gives candid and practical advice on treasures easily missed from the street. Hobbyists, from the photographic to the infographic will not be disappointed by the impressive Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic and the new and improved classic, Transit Maps of the World.

Syndetics book coverFriday Saturday Sunday : 52 perfect weekends in Australia / editor, Brooke Clark.
Get ready for the weekend with Friday Saturday Sunday: 52 Perfect Weekends in Australia, a curated guide to the best weekend getaways you can have anywhere in Australia. Written by checked in and clued up travel writers, this brand new travel guide from Explore Australia will show you how to have the best time at the best destinations in Australia. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMelbourne : 60 local creatives bring you the best of the city : art & design, architecture, food, entertainment, shopping.
“CITIX60 are guides to some of the world’s most renowned design hubs – cities that lead the world in all forms of visual culture and aesthetic innovation. Curated by a select group of local artists, designers, chefs, architects, musicians, photographers and filmmakers, CITIX60 guides provide an insiders’ view of what makes a trip to his or her town memorable.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSydney precincts : a curated guide to the city’s best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts / Chris Carroll.
“Sydney is a tight-knit town, and locals often don’t want to share their secrets. Luckily Chris Carroll is here to help you get beyond the Opera House and the beaches and discover the best of Sydney: from the cafe hidden at the end of a wharf in Kirribilli to the gaudy and lauded restaurants of Sydney’s city centre, from the cute stationery shops of the Northern Beaches to the famous bakeries of the Inner West. You’ll never want to leave.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNo baggage : a minimalist tale of love and wandering / Clara Bensen.
“Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCobra in the bath : adventures in less travelled lands / Miles Morland.
“Miles Morland is an adventurer. He was born in India to a naval father and a dangerously glamorous mother. When his parents divorced, Miles followed his mother to Tehran, which they had to leave in a hurry, and on to Baghdad, which they also had to leave in a hurry after the 1958 revolution. His early years were filled with desert journeys, riots, perilous near-misses, and adventures worthy of Kipling, after which he was sent to England for a ‘proper’ education. […] Brilliantly observed and told with unique humour, Cobra in the Bath will have you crying with laughter and scared out of your wits.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow not to travel the world : adventures of a disaster-prone backpacker / Lauren Juliff.
“I had no life experience, zero common sense and had never eaten rice. I suffered from debilitating anxiety, was battling an eating disorder and had just had my heart broken. I hoped by leaving to travel the world I would be able to heal myself. Instead, Lauren’s travels were full of bad luck and near-death experiences. […] It was just as she was about to give up on travel when she stumbled across a handsome New Zealander with a love of challenges…” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover438 days : an extraordinary true story of survival at sea / Jonathan Franklin.
“On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. […] Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific… 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe moor : a journey into the English wilderness / William Atkins.
“In this journey across England’s most forbidding and mysterious terrain, William Atkins takes the reader from south to north, exploring moorland’s uniquely captivating position in our history, literature and psyche. […] He shows us that, while the fierce terrains we associate with Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles are very human landscapes, the moors remain daunting and defiant, standing steadfast against the passage of time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTransit maps of the world / Mark Ovenden.
“A completely updated and expanded edition of the cult bestseller, featuring subway, light rail, and streetcar maps from New York to Nizhny Novgorod. Transit Maps of the World is the first and only comprehensive collection of historical and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. In glorious, colorful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the cartographic history of mass transit–including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs, some available for the first time since their original publication.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDestinations of a lifetime : 225 of the world’s most amazing places / foreword by Dan Westergren, Director of Photography, National Geographic Traveler magazine.
“National Geographic takes you on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Hundreds of the most breathtaking locales–both natural and man-made–are illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization’s world-class photographers. […] Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)