Understanding the Real Sydney

30 Days in Sydney: A Distorted Account by well-known Australian writer Peter Carey is not, as the title might suggest, a traveler’s guide book for how to spend thirty days in Australia’s biggest city. It’s something much different, loosely framed on Carey’s thirty-day stay in Sydney while he lived abroad in New York.

Live and Eat in Italy with Michael Tucker

What does an actor do when he’s got (nearly) enough money and enough time to do what he wants? Some might buy a second home in France but Michael Tucker (of LA Law fame) decided to buy a house in Italy. Not only that, but he also wrote a book about it, resulting in Living […]

Get Your Australian English Phrasebook

Did you think they spoke English in Australia? Well, sometimes they do, but the “Aussie” language has quite a few differences to American or British English. The third edition to Lonely Planet’s phrasebook came out last year and it’s both an interesting and a useful book to take with you on a journey Down Under.

Book Review: Ray Mears Goes Walkabout

British bushcraft and survival expert Ray Mears is probably one of the most appropriate people to write a book about wandering through the Australian outback, and his book Ray Mears Goes Walkabout was published recently to accompany a BBC TV series of the same name.

747 Things to Keep You Busy In Flight

It’s pretty hard to find anyone who really enjoys flying these days: whether it’s checking in, waiting at the boarding gate for a delayed flight, being up in the air or waiting for your luggage at the other end, there’s a lot of moments where boredom can set in.

Book Review: The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout is more than just another Top 100 style travel book. Volunteer vacations (aka voluntourism) are becoming more and more popular – Grout quotes a 2008 study which says 40% of Americans would like to do some volunteering while on vacation – and finding volunteer […]

Book Review: Night + Day Athens

Pulse Guides recently started a Night + Day series of guide books and one of their first was Joyce-Ann Gatsoulis’s Night + Day Athens. The goal behind the Night + Day books, which are part of the Cool Cities Series, is to provide travelers with not only the typical daytime sights to see, but also […]

Make Your Travel Life-Changing By Traveling Magically

Travelling Magically: How To Turn Your Journey Into a Life-Changing Experience is a new book that’s a bit different to most of the books you find on the travel shelves, but I think there might be quite a big niche for it. It’s basically about how you can travel using your intuition, and whether or […]

Book Review: A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean

A book with the Travelers’ Tales imprint is often a reliably good read, but just come across one that’s better than good – it’s one of the funniest books I’ve read in ages. Gary Buslik’s A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, with its long but important subtitle, “A grump in paradise discovers that any place […]

Finding Nino in Italy – Book Review

Marc Llewellyn’s new book Finding Nino tells the story of Llewellyn, his wife, new-born baby and dog moving to the Italian island of Lipari. Spending a year or two in a Mediterranean country is not really the makings of a new and original travel story, although many of the most famous predecessors seem to focus […]

New Rough Guides for 2008

If you’re a fan of Rough Guides travel guides, you might be interested in knowing what destinations are getting new books during 2008 Back in May, Rough Guides published their new guide to Buenos Aires. It’s their first edition for this city and includes outlying suburbs as well as downtown BA, and claims to have […]

Book Review: Fun on Foot in New York

Fun on Foot in New York, by Warwick and Nola Ford, has a long but informative subtitle: “The runners’ and walkers’ guide to New York City and its surrounds in New York State and New Jersey”. This basically sums up exactly what this book is about. The introductory section of Fun on Foot gives useful […]

Get Etiquette Tips from Going Dutch in Beijing

It’s always good to know something about the etiquette and customs of the country you’re going to travel to – and Mark McCrum’s newest book Going Dutch in Beijing: How to Behave Properly When Far Away From Home is an entertaining way to get informed.

Walking in the Palestinian Hills

Most would consider the hills of Palestine and the nearby Gaza Strip and West Bank areas more suitable for armchair travels than real ones, and that means that Raja Shehadeh’s Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape is set up just right. Shehadeh has lived in the region for most of his life and knows […]

Book Review: Strange Telescopes in Moscow

There are ever more travel narratives coming out of Russia, and Strange Telescopes: Following the Apocalypse from Moscow to Siberia, the new book by Daniel Kalder, is certainly one of the more unusual ones – in fact the “strange” of the title is definitely an apt adjective.

A Greasy and Green Ride Across the US

Great travel books often arise out of journeys that are a little bit odd. Driving an old car right across the United States is not especially odd, but when it’s powered by the leftover fat and grease from fast food restaurants, then it’s certainly a bit unusual. And that’s the premise behind journalist Greg Melville’s […]

Serve the People: Jen Lin-Liu on Cooking in China

Plenty of travelers are also big fans of eating, and especially of trying the local cuisine – which makes Jen Lin-Liu’s new book Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China sound very interesting. Since Lin-Liu has gone on to found the Black Sesame Cooking School in Beijing, she seems the right person to write […]

Book Review: One Planet from Lonely Planet

The old adage that says a picture is worth a thousand words seems to hold true especially well for travel. Browsing through Lonely Planet’s One Planet: Inspirational Travel Photographs, a collection of some of the best photos from the Lonely Planet Images Library, will give you plenty of inspiration for your future travels; alternatively, you […]

Book Review Beijing Confidential by Jan Wong

With this decade’s Olympic interest in Beijing having already reached its peak, I still found a lot of reasons to read Jan Wong’s Beijing Confidential: Lost and Found in the Forbidden City. Jan Wong is not exactly a local, but she’s of Chinese origin and has spent many years both living in and reporting about […]

Book Review: Australia’s Best Eco-Friendly Holidays

Being an eco-friendly traveler is getting ever higher on the agenda these days and with the new Australia’s Best Eco-Friendly Holidays: Over 1,000 Unique Travel Experiences by Ken Eastwood, part of the Explore Australia series, there are plenty of opportunities for willing tourists to find sustainable and environmentally sound activities throughout Australia.