“This book contains some of the most astonishing tales I’ve ever encountered. One after another. They make for obsessive reading.” —Tim Cahill, author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh“The entire point of travel is to encounter the unimaginable. Gina and Scott Gaille have collected some of the most remarkable tales to ever see the light of day. A hoot to read.” —J. Maarten Troost, author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen or experienced?
Gina and Scott Gaille have traveled to more than 100 countries. Wherever they go, they ask this question. Strange Tales of World Travel recounts 50 of these amazing encounters, including:
- Daring Diplomat, who ate the flesh of the venomous cobra bird in the Sahara Desert
- Pearl Trader, who survived a fever through a harrowing "human honey" treatment in Oman
- Agent Ghost, who was shot and left to die in a garbage dump in Africa
- Death-Defying Instagrammer, who stepped on the tail of the world’s sixth most venomous snake in Australia to take a better photo
- Human Pet, who became a prince’s prisoner in Qatar
- Imperial CEO, who made a minion fly twelve hours to Paris from Abu Dhabi to buy clean underwear
- Gorilla Doll, who broke the rules of visiting Rwandan gorillas and got dragged up the side of a volcano
Sophia Erickson graduated from college with an apparently useless degree in European history. She faced crippling student loans, but after an anxious couple of months waiting tables in her small Massachusetts town, she bought a one-way ticket to China. Over the following two years she had deeply enriching cultural experiences, paid off nearly half her student loans, and visited China from Heilongjiang to Hainan, as well as neighboring countries Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Singapore. The China Option: A Guide for Millennials: How to work, play, and find success in China is a manifesto for recent college grads to pay off debt while living a stimulating, adventurous life, and to pave the way for a successful future.
The secret is out: Cuba is the world’s sexiest, most magnetic travel destination. What isn’t a secret is that folks from around the corner and around the globe have been exploring and falling in love with the largest Caribbean island for decades. Now you can too with 100 Places in Cuba Every Woman Should Go, written from the unique perspective of a New Yorker who has called Havana home for more than 15 years. The 100 places profiled in this book are the result of decades of travel, research, and living in Cuba by a US journalist with uncommon access, ensuring travelers incomparable experiences. Much more than a prescriptive list, these narratives incorporate adventures and mishaps, insider opinion, slang, gossip, and conversations with Cubans during a historic shift that saw Soviet support evaporate, Fidel Castro take his final bow, economic reforms whiffing suspiciously of capitalism, and quasi-normalization with the United States. Author Conner Gorry deciphers the mysteries of Cuba while describing the country’s most alluring sites, sounds, and off-the-beaten track locales. Go with her and discover this magical island for yourself.
Come travel with La Dolce Vita University (L◆D◆V◆U) to the heart of Italian culture in the seductive spirit of la dolce vita. L◆D◆V◆U is the perfect sampler to indulge anyone curious about—or already in amore with—Italy and its remarkably rich trove of cultural treasures. In dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays. L◆D◆V◆U lets you explore fascinating aspects of Italy’s cuisine, wines, history, art, architecture, traditions, style, legendary personalities, and so much more. The book is organized alphabetically, but nothing is ever quite that straightforward when it comes to Italy. Even if you choose to read these mini-essays sequentially, you may very well feel as though you’re wandering the mysterious alleys of a medieval town, the hidden vicoli of a larger city, or even along the serpentine canals of La Serenissima.
“Makes me want to pack my bag and follow Van Allen’s alluring suggestions...she reveals an intimacy with Italy 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.
DISCOVER SPAIN'S BEST PLACES FOR WOMEN
Patricia Harris began her love affair with Spain shortly after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, and she has since witnessed the country’s amazing renaissance in art, culture, and cuisine. Drawing on three decades of intimate acquaintance, she leads readers down to the docks of fishing villages, along twisting mountain roads, into the shoe outlets of Elche, out to the muddy saffron fields of La Mancha. She takes you through the streets of Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, and San Sebastian to dark flamenco clubs, sybaritic public baths, endlessly inventive tapas bars, design shops full of mantillas and fans, and into a brightly tiled chocolatería for hot chocolate and churros at 3 a.m.
Harris explores art from Velázquez to Picasso, architecture from the phantasmagoria of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia to the cool suspension spans of Santiago Calatrava. She tells tales of formidable Spanish women, from a fourth-century b.c. goddess to a queen who wrested Spain from the Moors, and to twenty-first-century winemakers who have elevated Spain’s Toro and Rueda onto the world stage. Literary, sexy, whimsical, and spiritual, 100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go is for the smart and curious traveler who wants to see Spain, her way.
CELEBRATING GREAT TRAVEL WRITING
Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11 is our latest collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.
Includes Grand Prize Winners, Solas Awards
Introduction by Rolf Potts
Discover Greece’s Best Places for Women
With style, intelligence, and personal anecdotes gleaned from years of working in Greece, archaeologist and award-winning writer Amanda Summer is your personal guide to the best of Greece. In crisp and often humorous storytelling she introduces you to the temples, shrines, grottoes, and churches of this magnificent country, intricately weaving in stories of the women—from goddesses of mythology Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite to goddesses of cinema and the arts Melina Mercouri, Irini Papas, and Maria Callas—who have molded the history and culture of Greece itself.
"A necessary indulgence for even the most jaded Francophile." —Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michele Obama and the Power of Style
With intelligence, style, and depth, Marcia DeSanctis offers insight and advice to every France-obsessed woman, whether she's a first-time traveler to Paris or the most sophisticated Francophile. In 100 luminous vignettes on the country's most alluring places, DeSanctis leads us through vineyards, markets, architectural treasures, beach idylls, and contemplates hikes from Biarritz to Normandy, Antibes to Chamonix. Along the way, she tells of fascinating women who have changed the destiny of France—from Marie Curie, Empress Josephine, and Joan of Arc to Audrey Hepburn and Édith Piaf. From sexy to literary, spiritual to gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the smart and curious traveler who wants to see France, her way.
The Guidebook Experiment is a call-to-action for all of us to conduct our own guidebook experiments, to disconnect from the ceaseless barrage of information in modern life and explore an unknown neighborhood or unfamiliar country and discover the joy of travel on our own."Bockino empowers the reader to go skinny dipping in the unknown—I dare you to read it and stay put." —Peter Wortsman, author of Ghost Dance in Berlin
“Makes me want to pack my bag and follow Van Allen's alluring suggestions. Andiamo!” —Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun
“Van Allen warms the room with her memories and imagination...precise and true.” —The New York Times
Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in Italy’s most popular cities, along with enticing Golden Day itineraries to make vacation dreams come true. Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified—from Rome’s Pieta to Florence’s Birth of Venus and to best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures such as rolling pasta or rowing like a gondolier. She provides fresh, practical tips giving readers an insider’s secrets on what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to shop for bargain souvenirs.
CELEBRATING GREAT TRAVEL WRITING
Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10 is our latest collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.
Includes Grand Prize Winners of the Solas Awards.
“Mousejunkies! is a laugh-filled alternative to your standard WDW travel book.”
—Jim Hill, Jim Hill Media
“Bill Burke is a master storyteller who can take the reader on a rewarding journey on everyday events.”
—Parenting Media Association
Where should you turn if you want the best inside information for your Walt Disney World vacation? Why, to the fanatics who go year after year, several times a year, who spend all their waking hours planning their next trip and devising strategies to make the most of their time there—for them it’s not a vacation, it’s a way of life. That’s right, you’d turn to the Mousejunkies!
“Tell me,” poet Mary Oliver once wrote, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Oliver’s quote opens the The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10: True Stories from Around the World. And to answer the question, thirty celebrated and emerging writers invite you to ride shotgun as they travel the globe to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The essays are as diverse as the destinations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling that will make you laugh, weep, wish you were there, or thank your lucky stars you weren’t. The Best Women’s Travel Writing speaks to the reasons why we travel—and how travel changes our lives.
Seeking an unusual place to escape with friends? Want to indulge in a perfect hot spring or mountain retreat? Hoping to gain perspective by exploring women's history or touring a quirky museum? 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go will both inspire and compel you to hit the road—in a group, with a friend, or solo. Divided into sections such as "Get to Know America," "Americans’ History," "Participate," and "X (Chromosome) Rated," this guidebook unveils places you've never heard of and gives you a new outlook on places you think you know. It illuminates attractions close to home and reminds you why it's time to plan that special trip far away.
Anyone whose passport has been stamped a few times knows the surest method of keeping the travel fire alive: by reading and telling stories from the road, passing them along like a torch in a relay race. The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9 does this and more: it invites readers to ride shotgun alongside intrepid female nomads as they travel the globe to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The stories in this edition are as diverse as the destinations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling that will make you laugh, weep, wish you were there, or be glad you weren’t.
CELEBRATING GREAT TRAVEL WRITING Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9 is our latest annual collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.
Includes stories by Susan Orlean, Ann Hood, and Laura Fraser Since the publication of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8, the latest collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day.
“Makes me want to pack my bag and follow Van Allen’s alluring suggestions... she reveals an intimacy with Italy 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.
The Best Travel Writing 2011 is the eighth volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.
"This book makes me want to pack my bag with the lightest of clothing and follow Susan 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.
“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine With an Introduction by Tony Perrottet The Best Travel Writing 2009 is the sixth volume in the annual Travelers’ Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world’s best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from riding horseback across Mongolia to discovering Hemingway’s ghost in Cuba to driving the long red road through equatorial Africa. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.
Description“Venturing in Italy is as romantic and entertaining as it is informative. A great read for Italophiles and armchair travelers alike.” —Alison Biggar, editor, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine Venturing in Italy: Travels in Puglia, Land between Two Seas is filled with true stories that explore every aspect of this fascinating region. From the fairy tale trullis of Alberobello to the mussel farms of Taranto, an intrepid group of writers explore Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy. This narrow peninsula has been inhabited since Neolithic times when hunters painted in caves now accessible only by boat...
“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine With an Introduction by Sara Wheeler. The Best Travel Writing 2008 is the fifth volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from discovering a piece of the past in Beirut to probing the layers of Flamenco in Spain to submitting to psychic surgery in the Philippines. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.
Description"These writers have wonderful stories to tell. I am proud they chose my homeland for their unique gathering and even prouder that the resulting book demonstrates the power of place in inspiring imaginations and nurturing creative souls." —Maureen Wheeler, Lonely Planet Publications Venturing in Ireland is filled with true stories that transport the reader to the southwest region of the Emerald Isle...
“There are as many impressions of the Middle East as there are visitors fortunate enough to travel there, and this book earnestly and engagingly samples a wide swath of them." — Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us. A dizzying amount of media coverage bombards us from the Middle East, yet little filters through about the experiences of ordinary people. Encounters with the Middle East tells their stories through interactions with 30 writers who go beyond the usual reporting to reveal the simple and poignant ways that life goes on. These writers’ experiences with the people and places of the region remind us that the Middle East is blessed with astounding cultural and historical treasures, and offer moving glimpses of lives unfolding behind the headlines.
Explore the World in the Company of Women Way back in the ’90s, readers and critics alike loved the stories of women travelers in A Woman’s World, which won a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Best Travel Book. Twelve years later, best-selling author and editor Marybeth Bond continues to champion women’s travel in A Woman’s World Again with thirty-three remarkable journeys ranging from the middle of nowhere to middle America. Whether they are exploring identity in Ireland, sharing tea with a carpet seller in Turkey, or apprenticing with the silversmiths of Niger, these women will inspire you to create your own adventures. Learn the samba and keep the rhythm in Brazil, Reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Get the makeover of your life from the women of the Dominican Republic, Discover the appeal of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, Encounter an alternative view of death and dying in India, Feel the hunger pangs of Hemingway while studying in Paris, Flirt and get that warm fuzzy feeling on a Sicilian farm…and much more.
"What is it like to live and work in the coldest, harshest climate on Earth? The stories in this book reveal the challenges and rewards of exploring the otherworldly continent of Antarctica. Through a rich range of wise and funny essays, twenty writers introduce us to a wild cast of characters, share intimate details of daily life on the Ice, take us into a fantastic landscape, and capture the spirit of a fascinating, forbidding land. Explore places where your footprints will outlive you, Survive a blizzard of historic proportions, Find dinosaur bones while on a hunt for krill, Contemplate the fate of the Adélie penguin, Live through the “day it rained chickens”, Search for meteorites emerging from the ice, Spend your honeymoon working on Antarctica’s only newspaper, Take the dreaded “psych test” all Antarctic workers must endure, Watch the sun rise for the first time in six months at the South Pole…and much more.
“An amazing feat…Griest manages to impart the essence of some of the world’s most remarkable places. Reading the book is like catching the colors of a tropical sunset, a whiff of an almost tree in bloom, a hint of a melody from a late night jazz bar.” — Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and author of Broken Open. Seeking the tranquility of a Buddhist meditation center? The raucousness of a rumba club? 100 Places Every Woman Should Go will not only inspire but compel you to hit the road—in a group, with a friend, or solo. Divided into sections such as “Powerful Women and Their Places in History,” “Places of Indulgence,” and “Places of Adventure,” this guidebook includes contact information, resources, and recommended reading. Its “Ten Tips For Wandering Women” features safety advice and pointers on how to stop departing airplanes and avoid getting tossed off Trans-Siberian trains.
DescriptionVenturing in Southern Greece is filled with essays that transport the reader to the territory once roamed by Homer’s Odysseus. The Cyclops no longer terrifies the inhabitants of Elafanisos, an island now memorable for its beaches and tavernas. Monemvasia’s citadel is in ruins, but the town and surrounding vineyards thrive. This anthology explores aspects of life in the region from award-winning wineries to hiking trails, from household olive groves to ancient ruins. The writers plunge into Greek village life with abandon, learning to sing Greek folksongs and to dance to the bazouki.
Escape to Italy! What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these 30 true stories of other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there. What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these 30 true stories of other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there.
“A vicarious delight for the virtual tourist, as well as an inspiration for the most seasoned culinary voyager.” — Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook. Taste the World One Culture at a Time, From the casual cook to the seasoned traveler to the serious gourmand, The World Is a Kitcheninspires its readers to experience food in a new way, exploring new lands, new cultures, and new cuisines. Chefs, travel writers, and dedicated foodies share their unique experiences, transporting readers into kitchens in Morocco, Italy, Belize, Cypress, Kenya, Vietnam, and elsewhere around the world, revealing the diverse traditions of other countries through their cuisine. Explore the gastronomic side of travel through these stories, trying the hard-won and treasured recipes as you go along, and then get ready to plan your own adventure. 37 first-person culinary adventures at cooking schools, on the road, in homes, and B&Bs across the globe. 30 international recipes, including African mafe, Russian pelmeni, Mexican mole verde, and a classic French tarte tatin, Extensive resource section including research tips, cooking schools and classes, culinary tours, internet resources, and recommended reading.
"Floating through France is a feast for the senses, a peaceful break from the complexities of the world." —Arlene Blum, author of Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life Of the millions of travelers who visit France each year, relatively few venture along the Canal du Midi in Southern France. Completed in 1681, the canal that joined the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea—and for that reason also known as the Canal des Deux Mers—is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Introduction by Ivan Klíma Former exiles, current expatriates, Czech natives, and wayward travelers come together to tell their stories in Travelers’ Tales Prague and the Czech Republic. These stories are entertaining, enlightening, and laugh-out-loud funny, and the writers revel in the country’s major landmarks—from the 14th-century, sculpture-lined Charles Bridge to the magical medieval town of Cesky Krumlov—revealing why this country (and its bewitching capital) has a pull like no other place.
Escape to the South Pacific, What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these 30 true stories of other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there. What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these 30 true stories of other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there.
“Disturbing, enlightening, humorous and sometimes sentimental, these stories provide insights into an often baffling, endlessly intriguing land.” —San Francisco Examiner Japan is a contradictory country that simultaneously astonishes, delights, and frustrates travelers. The tales in this book reveal the alluring, enigmatic land beneath the surface—a place of tranquil temples and traitorous high-tech toilets, exquisite ancient inns and lurid love hotels, a country where electric baths sit beside indoor ski slopes and cherry blossoms fall on kindly grandmothers, cynical salarymen, wise monks, and wild lovers alike. From flower arranging to garbage scavenging, public grieving to private laughing, these stories illuminate the old and ever-changing heart and soul of Japan.
“A terrific collection of stories about life in the islands.” —Chicago Tribune Hawai'i reveals her remarkable true nature, sometimes, to those who venture beyond tourism's mai tai veil in search of reality in this legendary Pacific haven. Discovering Hawai'i is likely to be a lifetime labor of love, not easily accomplished during a two-week vacation. Yet insights do reward those travelers who approach the Islands and their people with open minds and hearts, humor, and humility, even if the encounters are brief. Travelers' Tales: Hawai'i, edited by Rick and Marcie Carroll, whose own combined experiences in the Hawai'ian Islands exceed three decades, presents a spectrum of such insights about Hawai'i by articulate travelers and resident storytellers.
"As entertaining and informative for the armchair traveler as it is for veteran river-rats and canyoneers."
—The Bloomsbury Review
The Grand Canyon is unspeakably beautiful and indeed awesome to even the casual beholder on the Rim. But to those who linger, those who explore beyond the vistas to hike the Canyon's layers or raft the Colorado River in its depths, the Grand Canyon is a temple of personal discovery, a deep Himalaya that can only be experienced to be believed. And experience it you can through the words of our authors, who turn the adage on its head: "A story is worth a thousand pictures."
Description"For the thoughtful traveler, these books are an invaluable resource." —Pico Iyer, author ofThe Global Soul Travelers' Tales Australia will enchant those fascinated by the land down under. From Outback to rain forest, Great Barrier Reef to the Red Center, Australia offers a chance for adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Whether it's biking across the Nullabor Plateau, drifting through a billabong searching for crocs, or surfing the big one, you will find it in this island-country-continent, and in
“What Tom Miller has put together in Travelers’ Tales Cuba is as ‘Inside Cuba’ as you can get.” —Elmore Leonard, author of Cuba Libre From revolution to embargo, from the charms of old Havana to the beaches of the Bay of Pigs, from the hypnotic rhythms of Caribbean music to voodoo influences, Cuba is a country of passion and omplexity, a political dinosaur on the verge of dramatic change. In this eye-opening literary ensemble, Cuba emerges with all its strengths and weaknesses, convictions and contradictions. Notable authors include Cristina Garcia, Pico Iyer, Dave Eggers, Ruth Behar, Eduardo Galeano, Bob Shacochis, Andrei Codrescu, James A. Michener, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Henry Shukman, Robert Stone, Randy Wayne White, Patrick Symmes, Jon Lee Anderson, and many more.
Winner! Gold Medal for Best Travel Book in the Society of American Travel Writers Western Chapter Awards 2005. Here's what the judges had to say. "In a category filled with transcendent writing, this one stands out because it defies expectation. It deftly avoids the “women’s writing” trap, which produces stories more concerned with the writer’s inner life than with her ostensible subject. This collection more often employs the writer’s sensibility as a filter for conveying the soul of a place—through its castles or its war-torn sidewalks or quirks of its famous citizens, to be sure, but mostly through encounters with its construction workers, pub denizens, landladies and pilgrims. In fact, a couple of these stories border on perfection. And when the story hinges on romance, as many do, we realize before the last page that no matter how enticing the object of affection, the true affair is with this new place, with travel, with life. Refreshing, and masterfully done."
Travelers’ Tales China takes you through 6,000 years of history to modern-day socialist China, from the Silk Road to the commercial centers of Beijing and Shanghai. Explore the old as well as the new—from the tombs of dead emperors to the world’s largest dam. Wander the vastness of the Gobi Desert, go dancing with Ghengis Khan, explore the Forbidden City, and walk along sections of the Great Wall that are seldom visited.
“Fragrances of frangipani and jasmine, reverberating gongs in golden temples…these worked their way under my skin and into a deeper consciousness. I had fallen under the spell of Asia, and I knew I would always want more.” — Marybeth Bond, from the Introduction. Women have been traveling to Asia in ever-greater numbers for the simple reason that it is the most fascinating continent on earth. From India to China, Japan to Sri Lanka, cultures, cuisines, and adventures form an intoxicating and enlightening web of experiences for women of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.
Silver medal winner, Benjamin Franklin Award Introduction by Alex Shoumatoff In Brazil, the blending of cultures—indigenous tribes, Portuguese colonists, and West Africans—has created a people unafraid to embrace life. Here, the primeval meets the modern, and nothing is done in moderation. Notable authors include: Bill McKibben, Diane Ackerman, Petro Popescu, and John Krich.
- Samba the night away with Alma Guillermoprieto
India is among the most difficult—and most rewarding—of places to travel. Some have said India stands for “I’ll Never Do It Again.” Many more are drawn back time after time because India is the best show on earth, the best bazaar of human experiences that can be visited in a lifetime. India dissolves ideas about what it means to be alive, and its people give new meaning to compassion, perseverance, ingenuity, and friendship. India—monsoon and marigold, dung and dust, colors and corpses, smoke and ash, snow and endless myth—is a cruel, unrelenting place of ineffable sweetness. Much like life itself.
"An indispensible companion for anyone searching for the soul of Greece." —Phil Cousineau, author of The Olympic Odyssey The land of gods and goddesses, myth and history, known as the "cradle of Western civilization," the birthplace of drama, philosophy, and democracy, and the origin of the Olympics, what country is more pulsing with historical resonance than Greece? Also a region of stark whites and piercing blues, a gorgeous, never-ending coastline, exquisite hospitality and sumptuous food, what country is more enticing? Travelers' Tales Greece: True Stories of Life on the Road provides close-up encounters with the myriad delights of this rich culture, its wonderful people and its breathtaking landscape.
Provence is one of the world's beloved places—redolent with the scent of lavender, steeped in olive oil, marinated in wine. Provence teaches us to appreciate the simple life of abundance—buying bread at the morning market, lingering over meals, and soaking in the vistas of old stone villages surrounded by fields of flowers. Immerse yourself in the landscape and light that has inspired some of the greatest artists of all time. Travelers' Tales Provence takes you into a magnificent world of food, wine, history, and art. For those who love this region, Travelers' Tales Provence will rekindle fond memories. For those who have not yet ventured into this magical part of France, it will fire the imagination with the many delights that await.
Travelers' Tales: Ireland reveals the heart and soul of one of the oldest and richest cultures in Europe. Experience the wonder of Ireland as you have always imagined it would be. In Travelers' Tales: Ireland you will: kayak among hidden islands; visit timeless Donegal; dance with your friends; encounter friendly con artists; experience the Puck Fair; explore timeless ruins; meet the perverse Mr. Curtain; wander in Dingle; jump to the stars.
Contemporary adventurers, seekers, and lifelong Alaskans take you into the "Last Frontier" for wild and poignant adventures. Walk among bears, witness the Inupiat taking of a bowhead whale, and spend time "weathered-in" on the Bering Sea coast. Follow the seasons of commercial fisherfolk in the world's most dangerous seas, sail the Inside Passage, or flight-see with bush pilots famed for high-stakes navigation around Denali, North America's highest mountain.[/fusion_tab]With six college friends, I first arrived in Alaska in June 1963, having driven a VW bus up the Alcan (not yet the Alaska Highway) in order to assault the then-unclimbed north face of Mt. McKinley (not yet Denali). As we started hiking at midnight across the tundra toward the Peters Glacier, I was one scared twenty-year-old. At the moment, there were many other places I would rather have been than Alaska. The gigantic, avalanche-swept mountain wall we had chosen to attack, I felt in my gut, would prove too much for the modest talents of our gang, trained as we were on the diminutive crags and gullies of New England.
San Francisco is one of the world's most beloved cities, spoken of in the same breath as Paris, Venice, and Rome. It is America's spiritual home—a place for the rascal, the lover, the entrepreneur, the madman, and the monk in each of us. Notable authors include: Andrei Codrescu, Barnaby Conrad, Herbert Gold, Michele Anna Jordan, Herb Caen, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Richard Rodriguez.
DescriptionTurkey is quite literally the bridge between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, and is an ideal springboard for understanding the Islamic world because it is culturally Islamic but also an avowedly secular state. Travelers' Tales Turkey unveils this dramatic land through stories that range from whimsical to profound. Notable authors include: Robert D. Kaplan, Tim Cahill, Bruce Feiler, Mary Lee Settle, Jeremy Seal, Nicholas Shrady, Tim Ward, Stephen Kinzer, and many more. From cosmopolitan Istanbul to villages where people have never heard of America or England, the writers in this collection reveal Turkey as a place with a rich history (think Troy, Ephesus, Gallipoli, St. Paul, Kemal Ataturk), exceptional hospitality, engaging traditional culture—including Sufi mystics—and diverse landscape dotted with the ruins of antiquity.
DescriptionFew lands are as beloved, mysterious, spiritual, or controversial as Tibet. Travelers’ Tales Tibet brings this remote and fascinating region to life. Travel with world-renowned writers as they explore Tibet—from the flanks of Everest to the fabled city of Lhasa. Join the writers and adventurers as they work as extras on a Chinese movie set, visit the Potala Palace (eternal home of the Dalai Lama), enjoy a feast cooked by blowtorch on a high mountain pass, witness an ancient sky burial, and rebuild an ancient monastery.
These stories throw open the creaky door of history and let the light of this marvelous city flood out. Notable authors include: John Gregory Dunne, Ina Caro, Mort Rosenblum, Edmund White, and Jan Morris.
Journey into Spain with some of the world's best writers, and discover a country of heightened senses, crimson and orange bougainvillea, and air pungent with sizzling olive oil. This updated collection of true stories includes selections by Gabriel García Márquez, Barbara Kingsolver, Calvin Trillin, Jeff Greenwald, Colm Tóibín, Penelope Casas, Robert Elms, Norman Lewis, Jeff Greenwald, and many more.
Travelers' Tales Central America is a first-of-its-kind collection of stories that reveal Central America in all of its adventurous, vibrant, sobering and inspirational glory. Through stories about seven countries—Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama—Travelers' Tales Central America offers a unique window into this complex, and astonishingly beautiful part of the world. Contributors include Paul Theroux, Tim Cahill, Jennifer Harbury, Paul Berman, Henry Shukman and many more.
Lowell Thomas Award Winner - Best Travel Book Thailand is one of the most intriguing travel destinations today, satisfying just about any traveler's hunger for the exotic, the beautiful, and the thrillingly different. Notable authors include: Pico Iyer, Norman Lewis, Diane Summers, Simon Winchester, Jeff Greenwald, and Thurston Clarke to name just a few.
The French passion for life bursts forth from every page of this invaluable guide to one of the most beloved countries in the world. The book opens many windows onto all that is unique and perplexing about French life. Notable
Languish under the Tuscan sun. Melt into its soil. Indulge in its fresh foods and world-renowned wines. In this sumptuous collection of stories by some of today's best writers, you'll journey into the heart of one of the most beloved regions on earth, the rolling hills and ancient cities of Tuscany. In these irresistible tales, you'll experience the seasonal daily joys of life in this magical place: harvesting grapes, hunting for truffles, marveling at Michelangelo's David in Florence, hiking the Etruscan paths, and glorying in Tuscany's bountiful art, music, history, and above all, romance.
Notable authors: Frances Mayes, William Zinsser, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Jan Morris, and more.
Funny, heart-wrenching, and smart, these tales show ancient Italy to be always new, while modern Italy still speaks the old truths of the heart. Notable authors include: Frances Mayes, Tim Parks, Matthew Spender, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Gary Paul Nabhan, and Mary Taylor Simeti.
Saddle up and take an exhilarating ride through the Southwest in this striking literary ensemble by some of today's best writers. One of the leading tourist destinations in the world, the Southwestern United States is known for its rugged, inspiring landscape, its magical call to adventure. In places remote and arid, mountainous and lush, this complex, compelling region has long lured explorers of all ages.
Mexico is a splendid mix of indigenous peoples, multiple languages, riotous art and music, hidden cosmologies, luxurious beach resorts, modern cities, and ancient ruins. Notable authors include: Carlos Fuentes, Pete Hamill, Mary Morris, Octavio Paz, Alice Adams, Charles Bowden, Jeff Greenwald, and Richard Rodriguez.
Walk, sail, drive, paddle, and gallop across this great land with some of its most renowned writers. You'll discover a country you never knew before. Notable authors include: Dave Barry, James Fallows, Jan Morris, Sallie Tisdale, E. Annie Proulx, Calvin Trillin, and Charles Kuralt.
Nepal has been welcoming tourists for less than 50 years, and every decade it seems to reinvent itself. Discover the magical blend of cultures, traditions, peoples, and languages that stirs the longings of travelers of every stripe. Notable authors include: Peter Matthiessen, Jimmy Carter, Diane Summers, Broughton Coburn, Meg Lukens Noonan, Jeff Greenwald, and Jan Morris.
This magnificent city holds a world of cultures and people and wisdom from both Asia and the West. It is the crossroads for many worlds, many pasts, and many futures, and in it we might read our own fortunes as individuals and nations. Come with us as we lean on the sill, take a deep breath, and wonder. Notable authors in this collection: Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Bruce Chatwin, Simon Winchester, David Yeadon, Jeff Greenwald, and Suzy Gershman.