Travel books are the ultimate easy getaway resource – learn something new, lose yourself in beautiful sites, all from the comfort of your favorite chair.
Of course, some travel books are even more delightful than others! The New York Times “Explorer” series combines striking, full-page photography with the kind of writing that transports readers to faraway places – whether it’s Dominica, Italy, or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: “At McLain State Park, 15 miles west of Hancock, we plunked down on a dune the first night to watch an aptly copper-colored sunset, its dusty light bouncing off Superior’s platinum plane.” Why was the sunset’s color apt? You’ll have to read to find out!
The essays are brief, informative, and powerfully evocative: “When I saw that the only way down the 300-foot cliff was a series of ropes and roots for handholds,” begins the section on the island of Dominica, “I gasped. Below, a field of rocks was being battered by the Atlantic…. After clinging to the ropes in a rain shower that slickened rock and brought out the yip-yeeping of frogs, we arrived at a black-sand beach shoved up against a wall of earth. From the top of the cliff, a river poured down 150 feet into the tidal surges.”
There are four books in the series: Beaches, Islands & Coasts; Cities & Towns; Road, Rail & Trail; and Mountains, Deserts & Plains – each a magical journey, and all available for free at your library!