Calling all readers with feet itching for the streets of a foreign land! The shelves of our travel section are waiting for you, well-stocked with the latest eye-candy from the world’s most respected travel publishing companies, Lonely Planet and National Geographic. In this sampling, we whet your appetite with some titles that are sure to get you lost in wanderlust.
The World’s Best Street Food
Street food is all the rage now, with the heyday of food trucks and outdoor food markets upon us. And why not? According to this Lonely Planet book, the street is where one can experience the true identity of a culture and its cuisine. The book is as simple to follow as any Lonely Planet guide book, making it simple to devise a culinary hit list for your next trip abroad.
They tell you about a particular kind of street food, for example, ‘Burek’ from Bosnia & Herzegovina, or Khao Soi from Northern Thailand. They describe what it is, how it tastes, where you can find it. Then, they teach you how to make it. Part travel guide, part recipe book, The World’s Best Street Food is for the foodie with a severe case of wanderlust.
This is another title that explores the interesting relationship between a culture and its cuisine.
In this YouTube video, National Geographic Traveler’s Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows offers insight about the depth of an international food experience: “A meal abroad is a glimpse into a place, its culture, its people, what and when they eat, how they source their food, what gastronomic rituals they observe… We explore the unique relationshiop between food and travel between place and plate. From the worlds freshest sashimi at Tokyo’s fish market, to spicy barbecue at the amazing christmas market at Cusco, Peru, to summertime strawberries and cream at an English country garden.”
Prepare to get hungry—for both some eats, and a healthy serving of travel.
From one of the most respected names in world travel comes a book jam-packed with travel insights, recollections, recommendations and—of course—hundreds of amazing photographs. Get a sneak peek into 400 extraordinary places to visit through the lenses and in the words of Nat Geo’s team of acclaimed globetrotting travel writers and photogs.
This one is for both the seasoned travelers searching for the next great experience to get lost in, and the armchair dreamers saving up for that amazing trip, one day. If there’s something that will challenge you to make that trip of a lifetime finally happen, this could be it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And we’ve heard countless times the saying that “It’s the journey, not the destination.” This Lonely Planet hardcover pictorial is for people who hold that truth close to heart.
It is divided into sections according to a particular journey, such as Machu Picchu in Peru or the USA’s famous Route 66. In the chapter titled ‘The Nile’, for example, it gives a background of the significance of the journey (in the case of the Nile, it is historical and cultural) and then provides a number of recommendations under the ‘Essential Experiences’ box to be found in ever chapter: “Docking at Luxor…” “Quaffing cocktails on the verandah of Aswan’s grand Old Cataract Hotel…” Or “Rafting the White Nile’s white water near Jinja, Uganda, near the river’s source at Lake Victoria.” It also recommends literature about that journey, for those who may not be able to embark on the exploration of a lifetime quite yet. If you you are a connoisseur of the journey, then this is for you.
The great thing about these Lonely Planet coffee table books rich with beautiful images is that they get you excited about travel, whether or not you can hit the road at the moment. The bad thing is that they can breed much discontent with the current state of your city-bound life! Nevertheless, this one will get your imagination whirling at the thought of an exhilarating experience, even if you are sitting behind a desk–not entirely a bad thing.
Chapters include: ‘Cycle the Anapurna Circuit’, ‘Ice Trek Argentina’s Moreno Glacier’, ‘Track Mountain Gorillas in Uganda’, and ‘Paddle with Orcas in British Columbia.’ The World’s Best Adventures challenges you to not just be an observer, or a witness in the amazing sights of the world–it eggs you on to be fully immersed as a participant in some of the most breathtaking things you could ever get yourself into.