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10 terrific adventure travel books to inspire wanderlust

  Bulat Silvia Adventure travel is all about delving into the unknown, and more often than not, also getting out of your comfort zone. So if that appeals to you, here's a dozen terrific travel reads from people who left their own comfort zones to follow their dreams and seek out new cultures and experiences. There's something old and something new; several you might know, and many others you probably haven't heard of, plus a good representation of female voices. What they have in common is…

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Best travel reads for 2022

 The top ten picks of the 2022 crop from the award-winning outdoor adventure blog Atlas & Boots include a grumpy hiker’s outing in the mountains; one man’s take on slavery and racism in the oldest city on the Mississippi River; a mother’s attempt to escape poverty by tracing whales to Alaska; and a historian’s portrait of the most isolated tribe in the world, on North Sentinel Island.  To check it out, click here.  

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Writing 'In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journey and Travel Guide'

My obsession to travel to every site related to either the fictional Count Dracula or his real historical counterpart, Prince Vlad Dracula the Impaler, grew out of a visit to Whitby, England, where part of the novel Dracula takes place.  I stood on the cemetery hill where, in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray spent hour after hour sitting on their "favourite seat" (a bench placed over a suicide's grave near the edge of the cliff), gazing out toward the "headland called…

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  • As one of its "best for 2023" articles, Condé Nast Traveler just published its list of nine must-read travel books:
    9 Books to Spark Your Wanderlust in 2023
    Our editors on their favorite books they read over the past year.
  • Last year the British Condé Nast Traveller came out with a distinguished list of literary works to inform your travels before visiting a number of destinations: a moveable feast, indeed:
  • A pretty interesting piece just came out in the Washington Post on the future of travel guidebooks post pandemic (if that's what you can call the period we're in), including imput from Rick Steves and my old friend and onetime colleague Pauline Frommer:
    Travel guidebooks aren’t dead, but they’ll never be the same. Maybe that’s a good thing.
    Rapidly changing guidebook styles can tell us a lot about the evolution of travel.
  • Veteran travel writer Dervla Murphy just reviewed my new guidebook to Palestine in British travel glossy Wanderlust... more in my blog post here.

  • Lost Angel Walkabout on top ten for 2011

    My travel collection was selected author Yolanda Renee's top ten for 2011. She shares what when into her choices in this half hour radio show.

    Cheers and Happy New Year Linda

  • I'd like to introduce me new literaryv travel guide to Istanbul.Istanbul, City of the Green_Eyed Beauty. Following the footsteps of writers Pierre Loti, Barbara Nadel and Orhan Pamuk, I explore districts abd sites of Istanbul which are off the beaten path as well as shedding a different light on some better known places. Read the introduction and a summary and look at some of the book's pictures on the special page of my blog,
  • I love books that tell a great story but I want to learn something at the same time. I knew that since Tripatini member Linda Ballou was a travel writer that I would learn about Hawaii but what I didn't realize is that she is a beautiful writer. This story takes place at the time in history where the Hawaiians are introduced to the Europeans as seen from the Hawaiian viewpoint. It is a story about a strong woman living in a country warlike country. Just get that picture of peaceful Hawaiians out of your head. She weaves a tale that keeps you intrigued all the way to the end. This is a great read about a fierce heroine. In fact, I liked the story so much I asked Linda to do an interview for my blog.  Follow this link to read her interview.

    If any of the rest of you have novels set in a foreign land please let me know at


    I love books that tell a great story but I want to learn something at the same time. I knew that since Linda Ballou was a travel writer that...
  • Hi eveyone,
    I am starting a new blog the Best Travel Novels, so let me know if your novel is set in a far away land, and if you like to be featured. Just e-mail me at I am trying to get new authors exposure. I also think you will enjoy learning about the countries an the author writing process.
    Please everyone take a look, tweet and follow.
    This week I am happy to present Marita Hansen, and her highly praised novel set in New Zealand. In my years on cruise ships I visited New Zealand many times, a chapter in my novel is even set there. It is a beautiful country filled with the friendliest people I have ever met. Many times the casino staff doubled as tour guides, giving me the chance to visit the Maori community in Rotorua,so I was aware of the social tensions that exist in New Zealand. Like Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby or Push by Sapphire, this novel is a graphic look at the life in Claydon a suburb of Auckland. The novel vividly describes the life led by a group of young adults. In her post Marita tell you how this novel came to life. Follow this link to my blog:
    Thanks so much,
    Cara Bertoia
    Author of Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships
    Hi, my name is Cara Bertoia and I am the author of Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships. It is a story of the crew who work for…
  • Hi sent you an email. sounds fun Cara
  • Linda,

    I just downloaded a sample chapter. E-mail me at and I will send you some questions, after I read your first chapter. It looks great.

    Cara B

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