Summer is the season many of us look forward to packing our bags and traveling to a favorite destination or venturing out to a completely new spot. This year however, many travel plans have been put on hold and replaced with stay-at-home adventures.
Being homebound does not have to limit your travel imaginations. Virtual travel experiences may be one way to satisfy those yearnings.
Mason Public Library offers extensive digital services through their website. Easy-to-use tutorials will help guide you to the perfect journey. And the only travel document you will need is your library card!
Sarah Brown, director of Mason Public Library, also suggests a few exciting reads to inspire your desire to travel. So pull up a chair and enjoy an escape to your dream destination.
Hidden Places: An Inspired Traveller’s Guide by Sarah Baxter/White Lion Publishing
Travel journalist, Sarah Baxter, invites you to wander off the beaten path and join her on a journey to capture the spirit and feel of 25 unique destinations around the world. This is not your ordinary travel guide with precise descriptions and photos of each location. Rather, the author uses her text to paint a picture of unusual and lesser-known locations. Plentiful and colorful impressionistic illustrations accompany the compelling text. The result: a pleasant diversion from the usual travel book.
Kidding Around: Tales of Travel with Children by Hilary Bradt/Bradt Travel Guides
Traveling does not need to end when parenting begins. This entertaining compilation of real-life tales relates both the joys and perils of traveling with children of all ages. Thirty-seven stories collected from all five continents will inspire, shock and make you laugh. The magical adventures include trekking in the Himalayas with toddlers, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with an entire family and little ones paddling with crocodiles. Captivating and fun, this anthology will also expand your knowledge of the world.
Travel Anywhere (And Avoid Being a Tourist): Travel Trends and Destination Inspiration for the Modern Adventurer by Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati/Hardie Grant Publishing
Inspiring the traveler within you is one goal of this treasure trove of stories, recommendations, interviews and visuals. The authors spent years gathering their insightful descriptions and imagery to guide the reader to be a better world traveler. Learn how to go off-grid and immerse yourself in another culture and fully interact in your new surroundings. This is sure to become one of your favorite travel guides, whether you’re planning a trip or just looking for an armchair escape.
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