Forbidden Knowledge: Travel by Michael Powell Interested in knowing how to break laws abroad and perhaps not get caught, or smoke in a plane or scam your fellow tourists or any of a number of sometimes highly illegal activities? This feisty and always entertaining book describes how to do things that perhaps you've always wondered about trying but never had the guts to do. This is a great read for both armchair travelers or those adventurers … [Read more...]
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4000 Days by Warren Fellows This is an often gruesome true story of life and survival in Bangkok's infamous Bang Kwang prison by a "Farang" (foreigner) who was jailed due to his involvement with drugs. Those condemned to the prison because of drug offenses often turned to drugs to help the pain of living in this hell-hole. The physical torment was particular bad, but the wearing down of the prisoner's mental capacities by the guards was … [Read more...]
The Road to Ubar by Nicholas Clapp The 'lost' city of Ubar is located in Oman in the Desert of the Empty Quarter, one of the largest deserts in the world. The author spent many years researching this fabled city buried under sand. Satellite imagery helped with the discovery. A fascinating read. Dave has personally visited the site of this city. … [Read more...]
Moon Italy by Alexei J. Cohen Another one of the classic Moon Europe Handbooks. Comprehensive yet to the point, this book covers A-Z from Milan to Sicily. Each section of Italy is color coded on the main map in the front of the book and covered in detail. There is no shortage of sights in Italy and Mr. Cohen has done a remarkable job of highlighting not only the tried and true Italian attractions but also the often overlooked spots. … [Read more...]
Moon Chiapas by Liz Prado & Gary Chandler The Chiapas are located in Southern Mexico and contains one of the largest rainforests in the Western Hemisphere north of the Amazon. The Chiapas has a plethora to offer the traveler including culture, colonial cities, ruins, beautiful lakes, waterfalls (yes there is an abundance of water in the Chiapas!), beaches, mangrove forests and the rainforest. This region of Mexico is an eco-tourist and … [Read more...]
Romantic Napa Valley by Autumn Millhouse Looking for a romantic getaway to the wine country? Why not Napa - take the initial plunge with a purchase of Romantic Napa Valley. Let author, Autumn Millhouse share her undiscovered secrets for top romantic wineries, restaurants activities and more. Highlights include information and photos about each of Napa's small towns, wine education, and top romantic hotels. Autumn is a Napa native who … [Read more...]
Passeggiata by G.G. Husak which means a kind of walk or stroll in Italian, is a travel memoir based on a couples first trip to Italy with additional insights provided based on a number of trips taken later. This book is both personal, reflective and informative. Various chapters cover the author's experiences in not only some of Italy's most popular cities and regions including Rome, the Riviera, Umbria, Florence but also the quaint off the … [Read more...]
Come Back Alive by Robert Young Pelton The ultimate survival guide! Robert Pelton Young has survived plane and motorcycle crashes as well as being kidnapped in the volatile Darien Gap, Columbia. This book details his experiences and provides useful information for this type of extreme adventure travel. It covers a plethora of outdoor situations, ranging from thirst in the desert, to snow survival, to surviving natural disasters. In … [Read more...]
The World's Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton A guide to surviving the hidden dangers of world travel to some of the most actively dangerous countries. War zones, death zones, large scale health hazards and more are uniquely covered. Not only does this book describe how to "get into" these places, but it also provides information on how to escape a situation when it becomes hazardous or potentially deadly. Robert Pelton Young … [Read more...]
A Year of Adventures by Lonely Planet Don't let age catch you before you've had a chance to explore the planet and some of its most rewarding adventure experiences. Start with this Lonely Planet book to get you on the right track so to speak. The adventure activities are organized by time of year with 42 weeks of listed activities. From outdoor activities, this book has you covered from Patagonia to bungee jumping in Queenstown New Zealand. … [Read more...]