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Winter Getaways

Has winter weather got you down? Does the holiday hubbub have you longing for an escape? When you can't afford to just pack up and run away from it all, travel writing can be a great alternative. As an added bonus, these collections are great for the busy holiday season, because they can be enjoyed a little at a time.

 

Footsteps : From Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World 
Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history's greatest writers. Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism, appealing to readers and travel enthusiasts alike.

The Best American Travel Writing 2017
Everyone travels for different reasons, but whatever those reasons are, one thing is certain -- they come back with stories. Each year, the best of those stories are collected in "The Best American Travel Writing", curated by one of the top writers in the field. This far-ranging collection of top-notch travel writing is, quite simply, the genre's gold standard. 

Figures in a Landscape: People and Places: Essays: 2001-2016 by Paul Theroux
In the spirit of his much-loved "Sunrise with Seamonsters" and "Fresh Air Fiend", Paul Theroux's latest collection of essays leads the reader through a dazzling array of sights, characters and experiences, as Theroux applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road.

The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology
A collection of great travel writing by authors from around the globe, including original stories set in Scotland, Thailand, Malaysia, Moldova, Tanzania, Austria and beyond, edited by long-term Lonely Planet collaborator Don George. The 35 impassioned stories included in this collection span a worldwide spectrum of themes, styles, and settings, but all show how travel, in its unexpected turns, tests and teaches us.

By the Seat of My Pants
Lonely Planet knows that some of life's funniest experiences happen on the road. Whether they take the form of unexpected detours, unintended adventures, unidentifiable dinners or unforgettable encounters, they can give birth to our most important travel lessons, and our most memorable -- and hilarious -- travel stories.

The Irresponsible Traveller: Tales of Scrapes and Narrow Escapes
"The Irresponsible Traveller" is a light but edgy collection of travellers' tales. Travel writers and celebrities alike recount their exciting, and often dangerous, adventures which include being chased by a sea lion, accosted by Brazilian kidnappers and a midnight raid to free turtles on the Amazon.

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
In the early seventies, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe -- in search of enlightenment, beer and women. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz (who will be gloriously familiar to readers of Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods"). Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. The result is the affectionate and riotously funny "Neither Here Nor There."

The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-flung Outposts of the USA by Doug Mack
Everyone knows that America is 50 states and ... some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states -- American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. Doug Mack set off on a globe-hopping quest of more than 30,000 miles to see them all.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by Maarten Troost
At the age of 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction; the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler by Frances Mayes
"A Year in the World" is vintage Frances Mayes -- a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.
 

 

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