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The Long Walk: the True Story of a Trek to Freedom was one of the most inspiring, dramatic and compelling books that I’ve ever read.  I was lucky to run across it in the bookstore, as it is a re-release of a book that originally came out in 1956, but a timeless true story of not only a very long walk, but also an unquenchable thirst for freedom.  I was drawn to the title, as I’m drawn to all books that involve journeys, but quickly found that it was not a traveler’s tale, rather a survival story of a group of people with infallible spirits.
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“Provide me with good service—I’m a loyal customer.  Treat me otherwise—you have competition.” As Joel L. Widzer expresses in his travel guide, The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel, anyone can indulge in a lifestyle of luxury with the right attitude and approach.
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Make Your Travel Dollars worth a Fortune: the Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less is a good beginner’s guide to finding deals to fit your own lifestyle and budget.  Tim Leffel uses two imaginary families to make most of his points – a typical couple arranging a vacation – the Smith’s, and contrarian travelers extraordinaire – the Johnson’s.
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Thursday, 19 October 2006

In the Sierra Madre

Jeff Biggers illuminates the people of the Sierra Madre in his historic, yet personal book In the Sierra Madre.  Biggers and his wife, Carla, rented a rustic cabin from a local woman, set up a solar panel, and settled in for 9 months while she worked on her thesis about the local attempt at multicultural education.

 

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In Unforgettable journeys to take before you die veteran travel writers Steve Watkins and Claire Jones are asked to pick 30 of their favorite journeys worldwide. A tough task, no doubt, to pick the best from a stunning array of international options. What they offer is much more than the glimpse of a place as in the various ‘1,001 places’ books that have been popular recently. Each journey is described in its full flavor through both the alluring descriptions and the numerous photos.


 

 

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book“Baby boomers consider travel a necessity,” according to George Bauer in his 13-part guidebook companion for the television series, The Seasoned Traveler -- A Guide for Baby-boomers and Beyond.  In this edifying and in-depth guide, Bauer reflects upon the growing travel industry of “mature adventurers” over 50 years old. 

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Travelers, dreamers, adventure-seekers, nature lovers, even homebodies will all find inspiration in Michael Bright’s book, 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die. With detailed descriptions of historical and cultural significance, geological and ecological statistics, this book is a useful reference even for experienced travelers.  Complete with stunning photography, this 950 page compendium shows places in the world most would never have known existed.  Not only does it bring the reader through a breathtaking journey around the world, but it serves as inspiration for travel and creates a thirst for the unknown.

 

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