Take a look at the power of travel to enable personal transformation in titles such as Boots to Bliss by Claude Tranchant and Junkie Buddha by Diane Esguerra. Experience the often out-of-sight in Abandoned Places by Richard Happer and Hidden Treasures of London by Stephanie Wolff.
Abandoned places : 60 stories of places where time has stopped / Richard Happer.
“Ghost towns, empty streets, crumbling ruins and lost empires this book reveals these and other deserted places. Many places featured were once populated and now sit unoccupied, modern day ruins, sitting in decay. Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
South of the Clouds : travels in southwest China / Bill Porter.
“While flipping through the atlas of Chang Ch’i-yun, one of China’s most famous geographers, distinguished translator Bill Porter (Red Pine) developed a curiosity about the southwestern province of China. Dubbed Yun-nan, “South of the Clouds,” this was the last area modern China to come under Chinese control. Originally conquered by the Mongols and eventually introduced to foreigners as a vibrant setting for trade, Yun-nan became a critical crossroad connecting East and West.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Boots to bliss : the intriguing story of a 21st century pilgrim who walked The way of Saint James / Claude Tranchant.
“Follow the incredible journey and transformation of a 64 year old woman who walked nearly 2500 kilometres alone for 100 days through France and Spain along The Way of Saint James. You will learn about her inner thoughts, her self-discovery, her internal growth and how she was empowered. This is a story of immense courage and resilience.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Planes, canes, and automobiles : connecting with your aging parents through travel / Valerie M. Grubb.
“If the thought of vacationing with your parents makes you cringe, fear no more! Help is here! Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel is a gold mine of practical advice, funny anecdotes, and tales of triumphs and travails from Val Grubb, who has traveled more than 300,000 miles (and counting!) with her 84-year old mother over the past twenty years.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Parisian chic city guide / Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet.
“Ines de la Fressange embodies the iconic Parisienne , combining elegance and chic, effortlessly. With her fashion savvy and her inspired home interiors, Ines demonstrates an eye for the details that characterize the best in Gallic style, from wardrobe accessories to home furnishings. In this exquisite new pocket volume―the perfect accompaniment to her best-selling book Parisian Chic ―Ines divulges her new favorite locations for shopping, dining, and hanging out in Paris with style.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Great walks of New Zealand / Craig Potton ; with Shaun Barnett.
“Great Walks of New Zealand is a tribute to New Zealand’s eight finest walking tracks, by renowned wilderness photographer Craig Potton.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Wine trails : plan 52 perfect weekends in wine country.
“Detailed itineraries recommending the most interesting wineries and the best places to stay and eat in 52 wine regions near major cities make this perfect for travel enthusiasts who enjoy wine. Winemakers offer personal insights into what wines to taste and why they’re special and help you to understand a place, its people and their traditions through the wine that is made there. Gorgeous photography, maps and in-the-know authors complete the package.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hidden treasures of London / Michael McNay with photographs by Stephanie Wolff.
“A beautifully illustrated guide to over 400 of London’s lesser-known cultural gems. Nobody could deny that London is one of the most culturally and architecturally rich places in the world. But such glories can make us overlook some of the other, less obvious wonders that the city has to offer. However well you may think you know the capital, Hidden Treasures of London is certain to unlock more of its secrets to you, leading you away from well-trodden tourist destinations to explore the amazing secret history of this great city.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Junkie Buddha : a journey of discovery in Peru / Diane Esguerra.
“This is the story of one woman’s journey from her son’s revelation that he had been sexually abused in childhood through to the scattering of his ashes at Machu Picchu in Peru. Sacha had died of a heroin overdose. A journal Diane kept while traveling around Peru and her experiences, encounters and reflections form the basis of her gut-wrenching and gripping book that reconnected her to life. Diane once asked “Why me?” and now asks “Why not me?”–a shift that now underlines her healing.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Gus & Wallsy’s French revelation : a dog’s point of view / Gus & Robert Walls.
“Following the sad passing of his first wife, Robert had met someone new. Her name was Julie and for his birthday she had bought him a boxer puppy named Gus. Sensing a need to shake life up a bit, Robert and Julie decided they would leave Australia behind and fulfil a dream of spending a year living in southern France in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. And they would be taking Gus with them. Gus & Wallsy’s French Revelation is the story of that French experience, and it’s all told from Gus’ point of view.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)