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Reading  about the cultural nuances and the history that shapes a country is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves before traveling—it allows for more informed and considerate travels, as well as a deeper experience in the country. These books are hand-picked and provide cultural and political history of new countries, often woven through a story or personal narrative.

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A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780609809587
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Published: Broadway Books - April 23rd, 2002

Now in paperback, this work by Terzani, a jet-age Asian correspondent, recounts his year of traveling the Far East by foot, boat, bus, car, and train--but never by airplane--while rediscovering the land, the people, and himself.


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Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780143038412
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2007

A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.


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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426206450
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Published: Focal Point - October 19th, 2010

This text plumbs the depth of "National Geographic's" renowned image collection to highlight the loveliest and most appealing photographs from this impressive archive. The result is an experience of visual delight, whether from stunning landscapes, magnificent wildlife, fascinating people, or quaint locales.


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On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Jack Kerouac, Howard Cunnell (Introduction by), Penny Vlagopoulos (Introduction by)
$16.20
ISBN: 9780143105466
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2008

The legendary 1951 scroll draft of "On the Road" is now published as Kerouac originally composed it: rougher, wilder, and more provocative than the official work that was released, heavily edited, in 1957.


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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, "The Geography of Bliss" takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness."


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The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780618658947
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Published: Mariner Books - June 2006

In this unique and hugely entertaining railway odyssey, Theroux vividly recounts his travels--and the people, places, and landscapes he encountered--on the Orient Express, the Khyber Mail, and the Trans-Siberian Express, through such countries as Turkey, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the Soviet Union


The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780061689079
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 26th, 2011

Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads, feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones--scoring a big promotion, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids--before they reach their early 30s. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, they journey 60,000 miles across four continents on a search for inspiration and direction.


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The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.

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Just about any guidebook series will cover Europe...but none of them know Europe the way Rick Steves does. Giving people the tools they need to be smart travelers is Rick's passion, and his guides help travelers see Europe with a minimum of "tourist trap" and a maximum of local flavor.

If you've never been to Europe before (or if it's been a very long time), start with his classic on how to travel in Europe, Europe Through the Back Door.  Updated annually, this guide tells you everything you need to know about how to get there and how to get around; finding places to stay and eat; and how to make the best use of your time, without getting skin't. (Unlike the backpacker guides, it's not just about penny-pinching; it's about knowing how things work so you avoid spending time and money needlessly, leaving you more for the things you're there to enjoy.) 

Rick's detailed country and city guides tell you what's underappreciated and what's overrated; give you succinct and thoughtful walking and museum tours; and fill you in on local favorites, including smaller hotels and restaurants. And don't overlook his phrasebooks and background guides like Europe 101--they'll take you beyond the treadmill of cathedrals and museums and turn seeing into understanding.

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Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door 2015: The Travel Skills Handbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612389547
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Published: Avalon Travel Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

Updated annually, Rick Steves' classic guide tells you everything you need to know about getting to Europe and getting around; finding places to stay and eat; and  making the best use of your time, without getting skin't. (Unlike the backpacker guides, it's not just about penny-pinching; it's about knowing how things work so you avoid spending time and money needlessly, leaving you more for the things you're there to enjoy.)


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ISBN: 9781612385891
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Published: Avalon Travel Publishing - August 6th, 2013

Cruises around the Baltic and North Seas are increasingly popular, as a way to sample a variety of cultures and countries in a short time. But when it comes to shore excursions, planning them on your own can be daunting. Rick Steves makes it all simple, with one-day itineraries in or near 18 of the most popular ports of call in northern Europe. He'll give you self-guided walks and tours, and tell you which excursions are best for a guided tour...and which you can confidently tackle on your own.


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ISBN: 9781612389646
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Published: Avalon Travel Publishing - October 21st, 2014

By many accounts, this is the most popular guidebook in America! Rick makes Italy approachable, manageable and enjoyable. Guided tours of all the major museums help you see the best works, without getting bogged down, and his helpful charts of what's open when help you make the most of your time in each city.


Rick Steves' Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler Cover Image
$22.46
ISBN: 9781566915168
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Published: Avalon Travel Publishing - May 17th, 2007

Remember your European history textbook from high school or college? Of course not! Turns out, though, Europe's history is really interesting, and it's filled with amazing art. Rick Steves and his co-author Gene Openshaw bring Europe to life in this fun but informative classic.