Travel through the past with An Adventurous Woman Abroad.
"In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, travelling within North American borders or beyond to exotic locations was difficult at best and disastrous at worst. Mary SchÄffer, born into a Pennsylvania-based Quaker family in 1861, not only conquered international travel but also excelled as an explorer, surveyor and photographer in the backcountry of Canada's Rocky Mountains and the isolated communities of Japan and Formosa (now Taiwan). This book features over 200 of Mary SchÄffer's colourful, hand-painted lantern slides from the archives of the Whyte Musem of the Canadian Rockies. These unique works of art detail some of the indigenous people and breathtaking landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, along with tribal communities of Japan and Formosa." (By Syndetics)
And take a new look at the sinking of the Titanic just in time for the 100th anniversary of her sinking (April 2012).
How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
"A brilliantly original and gripping new look at the sinking of the Titanic through the prism of the life and lost honor of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner, in a unique work of history that raises provocative moral questions about cowardice and heroism, memory and identity, survival and guilt. (By Syndetics)
And to explore in the present day, why not check out Travel + Leisure magazine's most recent 100 Greatest Trips?
"An invaluable and inspiring compendium of the year's most distinctive destinations. Whether your dream is to escape to a thatched-roof safari camp in the heart of a South African game reserve; explore emerging wine regions in Macedonia; live out your own Roman holiday in an Italian bon vivant's penthouse; or find the best spot to enjoy a kleine Mokka in Vienna, 100 Greatest Trips points the way to the places you'll want to go next." (By Syndetics)
And for some armchair travel:
Chasing the Devil: A Journey Through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene
"Butcher used Graham Greene's little-known 1935 travel book, Journey Without Maps, as his guide on the 350-mile trek from Freetown, on the coast of Sierra Leone, to the coast of Liberia. Greene's route took Butcher through the remote backcountry of both countries and brought him into contact with the people living there. Butcher weaves reflections on Greene's writing through his own reflections on the ways that each region has changed in the intervening decades. He compares the shabby and seedy Freetown, in spite of its well-maintained buildings, in Greene's Heart of the Matter, to what he sees as the city's current systemic post-war corruption, flat-lining economy, and beachfront swarmed by prostitutes. Through his captivating storytelling, Butcher leads readers along through the dangers and the exhilarations of this trip, and we learn with him the value of taking time to savor the true smell and taste of a place." (By Sndetics)
One Island One Ocean: Around the Americas Aboard Ocean Watch
This beautiful book, full of numerous colour photographs, documents the epic journey of the Ocean Watch as it completes the first circumnavigation of North and South America. "On May 31, 2009, a committed team of sailors, scientists, teachers, and conservationists joined forces on a voyage that was vast in scope and ambition but launched under the simplest of ideas: The continents of North and South America are a single island, surrounded by a shared ocean, and with a common set of challenges, communities, issues, and solutions." (By Syndetics)