Once Amanda got a taste of wanderlust she was hooked as inevitably happens to travelers and explorers. She began working as a waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the world. And she did, to far reaching places such as Latin America and Southeast Asia. But she wanted more, more adventure, more experiences more exploration. So she began to travel to countries in the midst of wars including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria. As others … [Read more...]
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Written first hand by Medal of Honor recipient, Romesha details one of the most intense firefights during the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Part of the Black Knight Troops in 2009 ordered to shutdown the most remote US base in Afghanistan, Command Outpost (COP) Keating. Located at the bottom of a canyon, surrounded by steep hillsides in all direction, this camp was constantly the target of attacks by Taliban fighters. However the … [Read more...]
Looking to make conscious lifestyle changes with the intent to decrease your footprint while traveling? Author Karnikowski provides numerous sections detailing how to minimalize one's impact when traveling. Small things add up especially when ideas for change are broadcast and implemented by large numbers of people. She offers easy to implement suggestions such as using an "eco friendly browser" for search (ecosia.org) to traveling closer to … [Read more...]
While traveling through a slum in India, Adam came across a beggar child and asked him a question he would ask a child in every country he visited - “If you could have anything in the world, what would you want most?” Despite the life challenges and suffering, the child responded to him without the slightest hesitation: “A pencil”. The encounter ignited a flame in Adam’s heart and propelled him to pursue a noble cause he never thought he would … [Read more...]
Small but packed with information about this fascinating island nation, Tahiti & French Polynesia by Lonely Planet provides a wide range of information for both budget and luxury travelers and everything in between. Perhaps maintaining a reputation that is mostly associated with luxury resorts, Tahiti in fact also offers a wide range of other lodging options including AirBnB and family run guesthouses. This go to guide highlights the … [Read more...]
Covering many of the world's wine regions, this book highlights some 400 wineries worth visiting. Compiled by Chris Losh, editor of the UK drinks magazine Imbibe, Chris has been writing about wine and spirits since 1995. An excellent read for those who love to travel and drink wine - plenty of wineries are highlighted in the world's top wine regions including, Australia, Europe and parts of the USA and Canada. But wineries are profiled in … [Read more...]
Not to be confused with the Joni Mitchell song, this book is a tribute to a life led sailing around the world. Author Gill Terry Causey leads readers through his personal sailing adventures spanning decades. Part adventure, part education, part inspiration and highly personal this book will appeal to both hard core cruising enthusiasts and and also those interested in exploring the possibilities of this type of travel. Gill's adventures take … [Read more...]
This valuable traveler's resource is based on personal experiences and accounts from a well-seasoned traveler; Brock's book is a treasure trove of wealth - less so about about actual physical 'hidden' locations (although a few of these are sprinkled throughout the book) but more importantly about hidden discoveries relating to behavior, relationships and personal emotional discoveries. Brock digs deep into what it truly means to be a traveler … [Read more...]
Author Peter Chiarella has drawn from from his family heritage creating a compelling turn-of-the-century tale wrapped around real life stories from his maternal side of the family. His great aunt Caterina is the primary character in this story surrounded by a cast of other ancestral family members. This is the follow up book to Peter's previous book, told from his paternal side of the family, Calabrian Tales. Brilliantly written - a story for … [Read more...]
Sanchari was born in Nairobi (with heritage from India) - she lived in several other African countries before relocating with her family to London which is where she now lives. Her travels have taken her to over 60 countries resulting in a book that covers a remarkable amount of information organized into three sections, Part One: Explore the World and Part Two: Explore Food. Most authors writing this style of book would stop at Part Two. … [Read more...]