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Interested in traveling again? Check out CCPL’s recommendations for some great books on Travel from Hoopla. These publications were chosen for their quality of content and accessibility in digital format – so you do not have to leave home to enjoy these great reads! 

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*CCPL Staff picks are chosen by CCPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We’d love to hear your ideas too, so write to us and tell us what you’d recommend!*

Travel by Abhishek Kumar

The Ultimate Budget Travel Guide for Students to make Every Destination a Wild Lifetime Adventure

People complain they don’t have money…but did you know studies have shown that:

  • the average student now spends almost $900 per year on booze?
  • women spend $15,000 on beauty products in her lifetime?
  • men spend an average of $701 per year on electronics?

What if you could use that money to broaden your horizons, boost your confidence, get real-life education and create unforgettable memories?

Traveling the world teaches you more than the smartest professor on planet earth can…and the best thing about it, traveling doesn’t need to be expensive. Even if you live in a run-down shared house with seven hippies eating ramen noodles for every meal, you can still travel the world spending the same or even less. There are plenty of ways to travel around the world when you have no money if you know how to be creative.

Fodor’s Guide To Safe And Healthy Travel by Fodor’s Travel Guides, WebMD

Practical Tips and Advice for the Age of Covid-19 and Other Pandemics

Part of the Fodor’s Travel Guides series

How do we confidently return to traveling after the COVID-19 pandemic? In this travel safety guide, the medical experts at WebMD and travel experts from Fodor’s Travel have teamed up to share tips and recommendations on how to travel safely as we look towards getting back on the road again.

There is no question that COVID-19 and future potential pandemics will change the way we live and travel. We all miss being able to travel freely, whether it’s for business, to see friends and family, or for leisure. In this age of pandemics, the WebMD and Fodor’s experts will explore the prospect of future travel and health/travel issues you should consider. We will review what you should know about COVID-19 from a traveler’s perspective, discuss practical aspects of traveling now (Should we be traveling at all? Who should be traveling?), and most importantly, how you can safely prepare yourself and your family as you start to get back out there.

A Traveler’s Travel Guide by Jane Weber

Who, What, When, Where, Why – and How

Anyone, of any age with any budget, can become a smart traveler after reading Jane Weber’s A Traveler’s Travel Guide. The adventures and misadventures of this solo global traveler, a great-grandmother, amuse and inform newbies who would like to learn the ropes as well as those who already have ventured farther afield. This personal guidebook offers first-hand tips on who can travel, where and when to go, how to plan and prepare, what to take and how to pack. Sample itineraries range from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Iceland and Greenland to the Galapagos and South America. Maps and personal anecdotes enthrall would-be travelers and adventure addicts alike. Families, students and travelers from 16 to 98 will glean practical tips on how to stretch their travel budget. Tips are insightful and reflect the experience Weber has gained as a lifelong traveler. Once called an “adventure addict” by Sailing magazine, this LOL (Little Old Lady, right?) has traveled alone, long-term, in more than 73 countries and thousands of destinations worldwide. She has driven, ridden, biked, hiked and/or sailed hundreds of thousands of kilometers (miles) on highways, byways, backroads, trails and coastal waters of all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces, two territories and many islands in every country in North America. Her adventures have included a 26 month expedition around the world, hitchhiking across the Pacific Ocean, sailing solo across the North Atlantic Ocean, cruising the entire Caribbean Sea and exploring its islands and bordering countries aboard her own sailboat as well as roaming Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Readers will learn about the world’s special places, easy-to-visit destinations around the planet, trips-of-a-lifetime and even how to spot and photograph wildlife on road trips. Sprinkled with more than 100 full-color photographs, taken during Weber’s journeys, this concise travel guidebook will intrigue, inform, inspire and amuse readers of all ages, seniors, students, would-be journey seekers, solo wanderers and seasoned travelers alike. Live in the moment, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints is eco-friendly and sage advice. Go with the flow as your adventure unfolds. Travel, even the armchair variety, will change the way you see the world and the 7.5 billion people you must share it with. As the ultimate global traveler, Mark Twain advised in 1869, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Weber explains the “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How” in a casual but informative style in this witty, appealing travel book.

The Traveler by Agnes Toews-Andrews

Ancient Memories, Past Lives and Mystical Moments

“The Traveler” is a passport to 13 countries, in Canada including the Great Lakes portal in Ontario; in British Columbia, the UFO Trench of the North Thompson River near Jasper, Alberta, and in the United States, Arizona’s seductive Sedona and famed Mt. Shasta, California-with candid descriptions of the pleasures, insights and emotional challenges encountered. This book is comprised of 23 short stories, filled with life, light and insight. She sees UFO’s, communicates with pilots and copilots of space ships; hears stones speak, is visited by angels, ET’s, elves, fairies, the Greys, Jesus, Mother Mary, Brede, Monka from Mars and other galactic beings of mythical fame. Agnes’ voice is spiritual and descriptive, but often romantic, satirical and humorous as she travels to the sacred sites of some of the world’s most unique and interesting places. In the Middle East, to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Jordan, then to mystical Glastonbury, England, Scotland’s Roslyn Chapel, Peru’s gateway to immortality, Aramu Muru and others. She discovers that her genetic lineage is rich, vital, and that she is intimately connected with past lives and other realities. It is often when she is traveling that she finds these connections. She discovered that Earth is home to many keys in the galaxy and it is simply more than her home. It is her desire that as she shares her travel stories of physical, spiritual and emotional nature, they trigger those that do not want to remember and who have seemingly been trapped in this illusion on Earth forever.

America’s Most Popular Family Vacations by Family Travel Forum

A guidebook for families seeking the best places to have a vacation.

50 States, 5,000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst, National Geographic

Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

Part of the 5,000 Ideas series

This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You’ll discover the world’s longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America’s oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.