“Makes me want to pack my bag and follow Van Allen’s alluring suggestions for traveling in Italy. Her knowledge reveals an intimacy with the country and a honed sense of adventure. Andiamo!”
—Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun
Imagine creating your Italian dream vacation with a fun-loving savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear. Go along with writer Susan Van Allen on a femme-friendly ride up and down the boot, to explore this extraordinarily enchanting country where Venus (Vixen Goddess of Love and Beauty) and The Madonna (Nurturing Mother of Compassion) reign side-by-side. With humor, passion, and practical details, this uniquely anecdotal guidebook will enrich your Italian days. Read the Introduction, and also this superb review.
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More News & Opinion (updated Mar 20, 2013)
Solas Awards Winners Announced
The TT editors announced the winners of the Seventh Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year in March 2013. Grand Prize winner Matthew Crompton collected $1,000 for "Into the Hills," his compelling story about seeking identity and confronting life both in Calcutta and on a trek in the Himalayas. Laura Resau won the silver award and $750 for "Barren in the Andes," her powerful and uplifting tale of a visit to a shaman in Ecuador hoping to find fertility. Erin Byrne and Tom Miller both took bronzes (the judges thought they both deserved the award) and $500 each for "Storykeepers," Erin's remarkable account of a Parisian's lifelong quest to keep alive the memory of WWII American pilots, and "Moving West, Writing East," Tom's engaging memoir of his migration to Arizona and the tales he found there. Read the Grand Prize winning stories on the Editors' Choice page, and see others and the full list of winners at BestTravelWriting.com.
Fresh Look at Berlin Old and New
Check out our latest book, Ghost Dance in Berlin, an unlikely declaration of love by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. Peter Wortsman dances back and forth over invisible borderlines between present and past, drawing a poignant portrait of Germany's most storied city.
TT Loses One of Its Tribe
Everyone at Travelers' Tales is sorry to hear the news that one of our tribe, Mohezin Tejani, known to all as Mo, died unexpectedly in the wee hours following a New Year's Eve party in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he lived. Mo was an irrepressible spirit, a friend, a fine writer, a caring and giving soul. He had a big heart, but it gave out on him on January 1. The world feels a little smaller with him gone. For more information about Mo, see this remembrance from Malik Merchant, editor at simerg.com. Read Mo's TT stories on our site: "Fruits of Childhood" and "Africa by Bus." We'll miss him.
New Books: Take the Iguana, Best Travel Writing, Volume 9
Now at your favorite bookstore or on your preferred digital device, our two newest books: the hilarious Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana, and The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9. Laugh aloud, then get carried away on a magical adventure. Pick up your copies now.
Inspiring Memoir: Kin to the Wind
In the early 1960s, a self-taught musician set out to travel the world with no money, following the grand tradition of the troubadour. With faith in the goodness of people, Moro Buddy Bohn played for the famous (Queen Elizabeth, Pablo Picasso) and the unknown, and his picaresque tale is the stuff of dreams. Engaging, charming, sometimes frightening but always good humored, Kin to the Wind will redeem your faith in humanity.
TT Launches Fiction: Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls
Travelers' Tales/Solas House is delighted to present its first work of fiction, Gary Buslik's Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls, a hilarious satire on power-mongers of all stripes (in this case, the leaders of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba). Reviewers have called it, "farce of the highest order," and "sick. Highly recommended." Check it out and join the fun. Gary Buslik is also the author of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean.
Solas Awards Winners
The TT editors announced the winners of the Sixth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year on March 1. The top three prize-winning stories were: Peter Wortsman's Grand Prize-winner "Protected," a moving story about the braided WWII fate he shared with a German dinner companion in Berlin; Erin Byrne's "Spirals: Memoir of a Celtic Soul," her poetic tale of a life lived illumined by Irish symbols; and Bruce Berger's "Mysterious Fast Mumble," his engaging account of trying to solve a linguistic puzzle in the Baja backcountry. For more information about the awards, go to BestTravelWriting.com. Here's the complete list of winners.
The Best Travel Writing 2011
Get your copy now of our annual collection of superb travel writing. Introduced by Pico Iyer and compiled by award winning editors James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O'Reilly, The Best Travel Writing 2011, our eighth book in the series, is full of inspiring, funny, and eye-opening stories from around the world. Available in both print and e-book editions.
TT Author Rolf Potts in The New Yorker
Rolf Potts, author of Marco Polo Didn't Go There, has an intriguing essay about Greg Mortenson and the U.S. military's recommended reading lists in The New Yorker.
"A New Book Every Woman Must Read" - An Excerpt from Highly Praised TT Release
A blog on all things tasty passes on the accolades and shares an excerpt on women owned wineries from Susan Van Allen's 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go.
Author Interview: Susan Van Allen in Italy
In an interview with Traveler's Library, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go author Susan Van Allen shares how Italy has changed and remained the same over thirty years of her travels and the must reads in a travel library on Italy.
Another Rave Review: A Feast for Any Traveler to Italy
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go receives another rave review from Indie Travel Podcast and Travel Insights 100: "Van Allen has written a complete guidebook that serves up a feast for anyone planning a trip to Italy, whether first-time or return journey, particularly the independent traveler."
Top Blog Uses TT Guides to Help Parents Travel with Children
Delicious Baby, a top-rated travel and parents information blog offering real world tips, recommends Travelers' Tales Guides as a top notch reference for the traveling family. Buy Family Travel: The Farther You Go, the Closer You Get or the latest adventure collection, Wild with Child.
TT Writers Interviewed
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of 100 Places Every Woman Should Go and editor of The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010, has interviewed 13 of the writers who contributed stories to the collection and promises many more to come. Stop by Stephanie's blog for some good conversation about writing and travel.
Great Reviews for Rolf Potts and Marco Polo Didn't Go There
Rolf Potts and his book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, are all over the press these days. Rory MacLean reviewed the book in The Guardian, Outside Online did a Q&A with him, and the San Jose Mercury-News ran an interview and a series of Rolf's tips. Check them all out.