Springing toward our destination: New Travel books

Spring back into the joys of travel with a collection of new titles at Wellington City Libraries. Plan a trip with friends, family and loved ones alike as this list of books will have you falling in love with travel all over again. Dine like royalty with parents, siblings and children in the best food spots the world knows. Treat your someone special to a romantic getaway for your anniversary, or just because you can. Or just hit the open road with friends and see the quiet towns and sleepy suburbs.

Syndetics book coverThe world’s most romantic destinations : 50 dreamy getaways, private retreats, and enchanting places to celebrate love / Abbie Kozolchyk.
“In The World’s Best Romantic Destinations you’ll discover the most idyllic trips you could ever take, with expert tips on where to go, what to do, where to eat, and what to see in each unforgettable location. Filled with beautiful images of National Geographic’s most top-secret romantic spots across six continents, and top tips to experience them with the one you adore most, this collection is a travel-lovers dream.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe honeymoon handbook / written by Sarah Baxter [and 17 others].
“Lonely Planet’s first dedicated honeymoon guide is packed with advice for travel-lovers who want their honeymoon their way: no all-inclusive in sight here. Set your heart racing with real adventures, tailored to what you two love the most – whether that’s wildlife-spotting on the African savannah, cruising around Havana in one of Cuba’s legendary vintage American cars or diving with turtles in Bali. Whether you’re after ideas for a classic trip or for more offbeat honeymoon suggestions, we’ve got you covered. See ancient temples in Myanmar, eat exquisite Michelin-starred meals in Tokyo, or surf the rolling Pacific waves at Sydney’s Bondi Beach.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe best things in life are free : the ultimate money-saving travel guide / Isabel Albiston [and 39 others] ; foreword written by Tom Hall.
“Lonely Planet’s The Best Things in Life are Free is packed full of money-saving tips, tricks and recommendations for the best-value sights and experiences around the world. From parks, museums and exercise classes that are free, to insider ideas on food and experiences offered at great value, this book features over 60 major cities around the world and promises to help any traveller on a budget to make the most of their trip. Includes parks and gardens, street markets and food trucks, viewing points, museums and galleries, free experiences, spectator sports, city beaches, and much more. Happy travels!” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFood trails : plan 52 perfect weekends in the world’s tastiest destinations.
“For everyone who loves travel and trying the local delicacies, this beautifully illustrated hardback is the must-have handbook to a year’s worth of perfect weekends around the world for food lovers. Featured trails include the an homage to Buenos Aires steak, cozy wintertime French Canadian cuisine, Puglia’s distinctive dishes, and Parisian patisserie. Each trail is an itinerary, detailing when and where to indulge in the local specialties. There are 52 trails, each with gorgeous photography, a bespoke map, expert writing and practical details of how to get there and where to stay.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDo not disturb! : heavenly honeymoon retreats / Manuela Roth ; translation: Judith Vonberg.
“The crowning finale of every wedding is the honeymoon, which belongs to it as much as the bouquet and the cake. Romantic accommodations in dreamy surroundings are the best setting for the – hopefully perfect – first days of life together. Whether chic and urban in an international metropolis, at a luxurious resort on a Caribbean beach, or on a safari through the African wilderness: this volume presents a great variety of destinations for a honeymoon. The hand-picked selection offers wonderful solutions to all newlywed’s wishes – whether to be on cloud nine 24/7, to plan the future, or to simply forget the stress and strain of planning a wedding….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet’s best in travel 2017 / written by James Bainbridge [and 33 others]
“Where is the best place to visit right now, at this very moment in travel history? This is the most hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and dominates more conversations than any other. We pose this question to everyone at Lonely Planet, from our authors and editors, all the way to our online family of bloggers and tweeters. When Lonely Planet talks the rest of the world listens. That’s why tourist boards all over the world await its top 10 lists with bated breath – inclusion practically guarantees a bumper year.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 states, 5,000 ideas : where to go, when to go, what to see, what to do / text by Joe Yogerst.
“This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You’ll discover the world’s longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America’s oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe 50 greatest road trips of the world / Sarah Woods.
“If you’ve ever dreamed of completing an epic car journey, The 50 Greatest Road Trips is for you. Packed full of the most exotic, exciting and iconic road trips across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa, it showcases the ultimate in car adventures. Sarah Woods is a veteran of road-tripping, having driven the iconic 19,000-mile route from North America to South America’s tip, completed several dusty voyages in the Australian outback and scaled towering Saharan sand dunes ina 4×4. Readers are sure to feel the urge to climb into an old Chevrolet, crank up the tunes on the stereo, flick the sunroof open and settle back for one heck of a ride on the open road …” (Syndetics summary)

Travel books for January

As well as other delightful (the Kindness Diaries) and interesting (Inside Tracks) Travel books and guides, this month’s selection celebrates travel to the great Southern Continent Antarctica.

Syndetics book coverSpirit of the South / Andris Apse.
“…The South Island of New Zealand is unlike any other place on earth, celebrated for its majestic landscapes, picturesque lakes and rivers, and epic mountain ranges. Spirit of the South, a stunning tribute to the mainland, showcases its visual grandeur like never before – all through the extraordinary scenic photography of Andris Apse. Arguably New Zealand’s most acclaimed landscape photographer, Apse has honed his craft over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades… Complemented by essays from Alison Ballance, Anton Oliver, Fiona Farrell and Kennedy Warne, Spirit of the South’s photography is drawn from a wide body of Apse’s work.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside Tracks / created by Rick Smolan.
Inside Tracks is the retelling of Robyn Davidson’s journey from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, seen through the eyes of world renowned photographer, Rick Smolan, and now reimagined in the major motion picture, “Tracks”. In the late 1970s Robyn Davidson undertook an epic adventure – to travel solo across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, armed only with a few camels and her dog for company. Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer at the time, was employed to document Robyn’s journey, by accompanying her along sections of her route, the result of which formed a long-lasting relationship between the two and a visually stunning account of one woman’s dream of solitude, captured against the backdrop of the Australian outback… ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe kindness diaries : one man’s quest to ignite goodwill and transform lives around the world / Leon Logothetis.
“Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he’s won over by the generosity of humanity, and at each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAlone in Antarctica : the first woman to ski solo across the southern ice / Felicity Aston ; with a foreword by Joanna Lumley.
“…Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman — and only the third person in history – to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. …Aston’s journey across the ice at the bottom of the world asked of her the extremes in terms of mental and physical bravery, as she faced the risks of unseen cracks buried in the snow so large they might engulf her and hypothermia due to brutalizing weather. She had to deal, too, with her emotional vulnerability in face of the constant bombardment of hallucinations brought on by the vast sea of whiteness, the lack of stimulation to her senses as she faced what is tantamount to a form of solitary confinement…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFlaws in the ice : in search of Douglas Mawson / David Day.
“In Flaws in the Ice, prize-winning historian David Day searches for the real Douglas Mawson. After travelling south on his own six-week odyssey to the Antarctic, the author answers the difficult questions about Mawson that have hitherto lain buried – from questions about his intimate relationship with Lady Scott, and his leadership of the ill-fated Australiasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, to his conduct during the legendary trek that led to the death of his two companions. He also explores how Mawson subsequently concealed his failures and deficiencies as an expedition leader, and created for himself a heroic image that has persisted for a century… ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty South : the wreck of the Dundonald / by Margaret Beames.
“It is 1907. A ship is wrecked on a lonely island in the sub-Antarctic Ocean. Fifty South is an inspiring story of courage, and endurance. Fifteen men, given up for lost, struggle to survive through a bitter winter.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRick Steves’ Italy 2015.
“You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy. From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you’ll trace Italian culture from Rome’s Colosseum to Michelangelo’s David to the bustling elegance of Milan. Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. Discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre. Shop at local market stalls, sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café, and pick up a picnic lunch at an allimentari. Relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe irresponsible traveller : tales of scrapes and narrow escapes / compiled and edited by Jennifer Barclay and Adrian Phillips.
“Publishing to coincide with Bradt’s 40th anniversary, The Irresponsible Traveller is a light but edgy collection of travellers’ tales. Travel writers and celebrities alike recount their exciting, and often dangerous, adventures which include being chased by a sea lion, accosted by Brazilian kidnappers and a midnight raid to free turtles on the Amazon. Over 40 years Bradt has built a reputation for publishing books covering the road less travelled, and this collection celebrates exactly the sort of writing and storytelling about ‘unusual’ travel experiences that has helped to establish the company as a firm favourite amongst adventurous travellers. Featuring contributions from Hilary Bradt, Michael Palin, Ben Fogle and Jonathan Scott, the title is a perfect tome to dip in and out of.” (Syndetics summary)

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)