Travel Books


Along Florida's Expressways:
      Dave Hunter, author of Along Interstate 75, drove over 4,000 miles in January, 2005 to research the fifteen major highways in Florida. Unlike Interstate 75, where the direction of travel is simple north-bound or south-bound, Florida's major roads diverge in every direction, zigzag and offer diagonal routes across the state. Like the author's guide to I-75, this spiral-bound, 200-page book has an innovative, laminated, front cover that serves as a book mark and a useful collection of tidbits such as a radio programming chart and map legend icons for gasoline stations, fast food restaurants, lodging and the location of "escape routes" to take when the main roads are congested.

Along Interstate 75:
      Dave Hunter's (http://www.i75online.com/howtobuy.html) book is a detailed and informative guide to driving between Detroit, MI and the Georgia/Florida border. User-friendly, each map page shows a 25-miles stretch of the Interstate. There are pages for going both southbound and northbound. Interchanges are marked with notes about which gas stations, food, and lodgings are at the interchange. More details, such as high-speed traffic entering from the left, radio stations with traffic reports, the amount of time it should take to drive "each page," historical notes, and points of interest along the way.

Insider tips include when particular cities have rush hour traffic, a few tips on what to do if you're stopped with a speeding charge, money-saving ideas, interesting restaurants and historical notes.

Ancient Ireland:
      By Robert Emmet Meagher and Elizabeth Parker Neave (Interlink Books), delves into Ireland's past "when Ireland wasn't Irish." It describes Ireland's antiquities, passing tombs, hill forts, stone circles, holy wells, castles, Neolithic settlements and monastic sites.

Birdies, Bogeys and Kiwis: Golfing Around New Zealand:
by Liz Clark
Looking for a golfer's dream destination? No need to look beyond New Zealand. With so many varied and challenging courses that suit everyone from the scratch golfer to the high handicapper, Canadian author Liz Clark captures the highlights of touring and golfing New Zealand in her new book.

  •   Over 100 golf courses reviewed
  •   Colour photographs throughout
  •   Exciting places to see and stay
  •   View excerpts & purchase on line at wildwestcoastpublishing.com

Snow-capped mountains, fine sand beaches, geothermal hot spots, and dramatic coastal cliffs form the backdrop for those specially-designed, internationally acclaimed courses that suit casual as well as competitive play -- and just for the love of the game, those charming and often challenging rural courses where fairways might be shared with sheep, New Zealand's ubiquitous fairway mowers. ISBN: 978-0-9784176-0-4

Drive I-95: Traveling in the security of your car and visiting friendly small town America brings back the way America used to be and the way we would like it to be again. To help those who travel up and down the East coast, Drive I-95 is a new style of guidebook. It combines colorful easy-to-follow pictorial maps and fun stories, eliminating the trepidation of a road trip down America's busiest highway. Travelers look ahead exit-by-exit to see upcoming motels and gas stations, where radars trap are or where to stop for a homemade meal. The drive from Boston to Miami or any section in-between becomes more pleasant and less stressful by knowing where to find: 24 hour gas stations (and which ones have a mechanic!) and pharmacies, 800 numbers for motel chains, camp grounds, golf courses, places that allow pets, shopping malls, supermarkets, internet availability and even which radio stations to tune to. This husband and wife team share stories of the road: history that happened on it, quirky museums worth a visit, Americana trivia, homey towns to explore, or places to run with the kids and pets. These can be read for entertainment during the drive and may entice motorists to stop, stretch their legs and discover someplace new. Maps and entertaining road stories assist family travelers (Christmas, Spring break or summer), seniors, salesmen, truckers, campers and RVers, University students and their parents, military personnel and people who live and work near I-95.

      Exit by exit info, maps, history and trivia by Stan Posner Sandra Phillips-Posner. (www.drivei95.com) Sandra Phillips-Posner's first book, Smart Shopping Montreal, quickly climbed onto the best seller list and remained there for the past 21 years. This native New Yorker was offered her own column, which has run for 17 years in Montreal's newspaper The Gazette. She has also become a regular on the noon news, talk radio and TV talk shows, and has gained popularity as a lecturer.

Stan Posner owned a computer consulting business since 1984 and has done work with such companies as Raytheon, Honda, Bombardier and Atomic Energy of Canada. He has also spent many years teaching actuarial math at Concordia University, after having graduated with Honors from McGill University. Stan is the computer guru for their Travelsmart publishing company. This book is the perfect combination of Stan's love of maps and his computer expertise together with Sandra's delightful insightful blurbs. They have a way of making travel both informative and fun.

Europe from a Backpack:
      Edited by Mark Pearson and Martin Westerman (Pearson Venture Group), it is a collection of adventures by young travelers, who recount their travels around the Continent.

Great Eats Paris and Great Sleeps Paris:
      By Sandra Gustafson (Chronicle Books) leads travellers to hidden finds in the City of Light: lively bistros to lovely B&B's. The book contains maps, primers on French menus and manners, and a glossary of words and phrases.

London's War: A Traveller's Guide to World War II
      Written by Sayre Van Young, (Ulysses Press), it describes 20 memorable walking tours through Central London, recalling the years when Westminster Abbey was piled with sandbags, Parliament Square was strung with barbed wire, the Tower of London's moat was planted in onions and carrots and St. Paul's Cathedral rose above the flames.

Smart Shopping Montreal by Sandra Phillips
      To be a smart shopper is to save time and money while shopping. If you know where to go for the bargains, who to call when something breaks, or where to buy that something special, you've accomplished that goal. This book covers all three topics. Part I covers over 500 locations around the city (and then another 200 in factory buildings) where the smart shopper can save at least 20% on clothing, household, food and leisure products. Part II helps the smart shopper resist the throw-away nature of our society by leading you to the wonderful repairmen and master craftsmen who fix treasures or broken household items (and save you money by not having to buy a new one!). Lastly, Part III explores the wonderful variety of unique or unusual specialty stores (which can sometimes get a bit pricey) that one can browse through and shop in. Develop a spirit of adventure and an inquiring mind, and seek out these terrific spots in Montreal - a city which is a wonderful blend of European couture and craftsmanship with American know-how.

Travel Books by Joei Carlton Hossack
  

      Joei has written travel articles for West Coast Woman, The Pelican Press and the Sarasota Herald Tribune. She was a feature writer for Writer's Guidelines and News and has contributed to several anthologies including the award-winning book "RV Traveling Tales, Women's Journey of the Open Road." Her books include: Chasing The Lost Dream, Free Spirit - Born to Wander, Everyone's Dream, Everyone's Nightmare, Kiss This Florida, I'm Outta Here - Diary of a Solo, Full-Time RVer, A Million Miles from Home - All Roads Lead to Istanbul

Book excerpts

         The following morning we were at the bus station picking up tickets to Agadir. Much to our disappointment there was no train service. All we saw were old, broken down buses but we knew that we had to take one of them. How else would we get to Agadir and the ferry that would carry us to paradise, the Canary Islands. We boarded the bus. We were the only non-Moroccans on board. Our luggage, along with everyone else's was thrown up to the young, shirtless lad walking on the roof of the bus. Crates of chickens, large jute bags containing God-knows-what and cardboard boxes, held together with string, were tied down beside, over and under our luggage. It didn't take long to get really sick of this trip. I could not remember the last time I felt so cramped or so uncomfortable on seats with thin, lumpy padding. The smell, a mixture of unwashed bodies, an unknown lemon fragrance and animals, nauseated me. There would be five hours of this with only one stop to break up this hell. Needless to say, it was long before we got to the rest stop that I decided I needed to use a washroom, and I use that term very loosely. My diary for that day explains it this way. NOTE: I have gone from not wanting to use the porta-potty in my camper due to the embarrassment of Paul being there, to learning to pee in a cup while surrounded by two hundred Moroccans - I've come a long way baby.

      Navigate a British motor home right to the portal of ancient history and cruise inside to the year three hundred. Don't touch that body with the brain still intact. It won't bite.....but you never know. Embrace the freedom with each layer of the journey in "Digging In."Traipse across The Turquoise Coast of Turkey leaving behind blood, sweat, tears and most of your sense of humor in "Turkey in the Middle."In "Czeching Out" stagger off a bus after seventeen butt-numbing hours to discover a magnificent city with a hundred heaven-bound spires and a church housing skeletal remains transformed into coffee tables, chairs, coat of arms and chandeliers.

      I have had one ticket in all my many years of driving. It was for speeding. I was driving forty-three miles per hour in a thirty-five mile zone. Even that ticket might have stemmed from the fact that, upon being shown the radar equipment, I said, "Oh, is that the little gizmo that clocked a tree doing sixty on last Saturday night's news?"
  


Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel:
      Whether your idea of fun is backpacking over the Himalayas or just reading about someone else doing so, Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel is for you. Think "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the History of Travel But Were Afraid to Ask!" Wanderlust, on sale in stores across Canada, is packed with fascinating facts about all forms of travel-from the first cruise ships (actually ancient Roman grain vessels that took on the occasional passenger) to stagecoaches, trains, planes and cars. In its pages you'll meet some of the pioneers of modern tourism and discover fascinating travel facts, such as why ship passengers in New Testament times wore bits of gold around their necks and why the first flight attendants never left the ground without a wrench. With its mix of historical fact and modern-day adventure, along with breezy allusions to pop culture and literary heavyweights, Wanderlust is an entirely new look at the travel experience.

Laura Byrne Paquet is also the author of The Urge to Splurge: A Social History of Shopping. Her articles have appeared in more than 80 publications in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, enRoute, Chatelaine, Canadian Living and The Ottawa Citizen.

Finding My Footprints in Sarum
by Tess Bridgwater



After living in Canada for four decades, a High school reunion in Winchester, England, unleashed an avalanche of memories for the author. It sent her on a journey of recollections over the next few years, tracing her footprints along the ancient 12-mile stretch of road in southern England, between Southampton and Winchester, where she grew up during World War II. Many footprints trod before her including William the Conqueror, The Black Prince, Jane Austen, Titanic survivors and Winston Churchill on D Day and surprisingly she also finds a 400 year old connection in the New World.

The result is part wartime memoir, part history, spiced with personal vignettes, a unique view of "Sarum" told by someone for whom it remains "Forever England"

British born Tess Bridgwater grew up in southern England where she started writing as a schoolgirl. Moving to Canada in 1961, after raising three children she embarked on a writing career in mid life. Her award winning travel features and book reviews have been published extensively in Canadian and US newspapers and magazines, and she has contributed to two travel anthologies. Paperback - $15.98 Available from Amazon.com and .ca or: tessb@rogers.com


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