World Travel Books

travel books

Oh joy! My travel books have arrived. I immediately tore into “The Rough Guide to First-Time Aournd the World” by Doug Lanksy. Most of the book is solidly practical information on transport, budgeting and safety, but he also provides some inspired ideas, such as take a cookery course to learn to make one great dish from each country; travel by freighter, which rent out cabins larger than cruise ships’, and stay somewhere unusual like a cave hotel in Turkey or ice hotel in Sweden. He’s also quite funny, sharing embarrasing stories, such as the time he broke his ankle in Bangkok while he had amebic dysentery, which he describes as “a tragic combination of constantly having to go to the loo, and never being able to get there quickly enough.”