Summer is traditionally a time for travel.  Now that the summer reading program is finished, some of us

at the library are ready for a trip.  Others here have already gotten a few days of rest and relaxation

earlier in the summer.

There have been road trips to see grandkids and family, quick trips to Branson, or even escapes to the

British Isles.  Time away from work is good for the body and soul.

We try to make planning these trips easier by providing a wide variety of travel guides and books

featuring specific parts of the United States and world.

The travel publishing industry has changed, however, in recent years.  No longer do the “big” travel

publishers publish a new version of their destinations each year.  It is increasingly difficult for Linda, our

Collection Development Librarian, to find to up-to-date travel books.

That may explain why you may find some older travel books on our shelves – the ones there are the

most recent we’ve been able to find!

Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Rick Steves and Lonely Planet are the biggies in travel industry publishing, but even

the “Dummies” series are in on the action!  In each of their books you can find treasures and warnings

about what sites are “must sees” and what sites you can safely skip out on.

These travel experts have published about any area you can think of.  They write on everything from

“the big picture” (i.e., continents) to individual countries, even on specific towns (think London, New

York, Montreal).

I’m reading a couple of Rick Steves’ books on London and Great Britain right now.  I now know in Great

Britain to use ATMs that are in front of banks, not freestanding ones not with a bank – those charge

exorbitant service fees.

I know the tips on cell phone usage within a county.  Steves just takes an unlocked cell phone, purchases

a SIM card in-country and uses it minimally by turning off data and cell service except when he needs to

make a call.

Steves is giving me suggestions on lodging (hostels or hotels?).  And what is the difference?  It turns out

hostels aren’t only for those under 25 years old who are wandering around the world with no idea

where they are headed next.  Hostels are for families, couples or seniors, too!

The books I’m now reading have introduced me home-sharing through a network of B & B’s or folks just

renting out their extra bedroom.  (I’ll tell you how that one works out after my next trip …)

We also have a selection of travel guide available in e-book format.  Think how easy that will be to just

take your e-reader along.  Not only do you have leisure reading for those non-sightseeing hours, but

believe me, my reader weighs less that Steves’ books.

Besides this, we have a subscription to a travel database called “Global Road Warrior.”  Accessible from

within the library or from home, GRW gives information on 175 nations and territories, including

geography, demographics, culture, society and religion. The database also contains information

travelers would need such as money, security, health, technical and electrical connections, and essential

terms.

There’s a display of travel books up at the library now.  Our book display guru has not only included

travel guides, but also books with tips on traveling with kids and dogs, fiction travel books, travelogues

of others’ travels, and even Steinbeck’s classic, “Travels with Charley: in search of America.”

Come in and find a book that tells of your dream destination.  Just don’t do what Rick Steves suggests

with the copy you check out.  Don’t tear out the pages that interest you the most so you don’t have to

tote the book on your trip.  That sort of thing might make us cranky.

Now, to decide – should it be Morocco or New Zealand???

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