Work, summer school, high gas prices…there are plenty of reasons to skip a vacation right now. But staying home this summer doesn’t mean you can’t get away from it all — take a short trip to the library and lose yourself in one of our travel and adventure stories. Look for some of these titles, or ask a librarian to help you find others.
A terrifying shipwreck ends the adventure of a family that spends two years sailing the world on a 55-foot catamaran.
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America
A classic road trip tale. The author circles the nation on state and county roads and explores the tiny towns on his map. First published in 1983… when gasoline was cheaper.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular description of the spiritual quest that took her around the world.
Chef Anthony Bourdain travels the globe, from Sweden to Vietnam to Las Vegas, in search of tasty or outrageous local cuisine.
On Holiday: A History of Vacationing
How did the beach become a vacation destination? Are you a Tourist, an Anti-Tourist, an Elite Tourist or a Post-Tourist? Find the answers in this thoughtful examination of vacation trends and customs.
If you’re still in the mood to wander, let the library’s selection of guidebooks and travel videos help you plan a trip. (Look for Dewey Decimal numbers 910 through 919 in Adult Nonfiction and Special Interest Videos). Or, visit the magazine section and browse through our issues of Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, and more.