When holiday time comes around, relaxing on the beach is at the top of many people’s lists. Sure a tan in November is cute; however, this perspective prevents a lot of people from experiencing some magical places. A lot of possibilities open up with you put away your flip flops and sun hats, and take out the long underwear and toques. There is one cardinal rule to cold-climate travel: dress appropriately. Although I can’t keep you from licking that metal pole next to the skating rink (we’ve all done it), but I can suggest what to wear to maximize your cold weather travel comfort. Continue Reading…
Travel books are plentiful. There are motivational travel books, personal tales of travel adventures, fiction travel stories, travel picture books and a seemingly endless array of travel guidebooks.
Most travel books are more informative than entertaining — they tell you where to go, what you’ll see when you get there, where to shop and what to eat. Some will even guide you through the steps of quitting your job, packing your bags and booking your ticket.
But why can’t there be a motivational and informative travel book that is actually tough to put down? It seems that nearly every non-fiction travel book lacks comedy, developed characters and a plot in general. Thankfully, these are the areas where “The Red Rucksack” by Ben West shines.
The story is entertaining, the individual adventures are more than comical, and West (a sometimes overly honest Aussie) threads readers through chapter after chapter from his initial flight to Nepal to his final dilemma of where to travel next.
Although it’s entertaining, “The Red Rucksack” may not be for everyone. It doesn’t lay out day-by-day plans for exploring cities, it doesn’t explain how to rack up frequent flyer miles and it certainly doesn’t tell you what to order for dinner (but you will learn how to take a McPiss).
If you’re looking for a book to help you plan your next trip, “The Red Rucksack” is probably not it.
What It Is
If you’re in search of a book that will inspire you to escape the cubicle (or the pharmacy in West’s case) and explore the world from Mount Everest, to the Galapagos, Denmark, Paris and anywhere your heart desires, this book should be right up your alley.
If you’re a fan of comical storytelling, deep descriptions and an author who tells it like he sees it (“Okay, France. I have a few things to get off my chest. Just because you invented oral sex, baguettes and the art of mime does not give you an excuse to be so damn rude.”) you’ll absolutely love “The Red Rucksack.”
Where to Get It
See if you like Ben West’s unique style of travel writing for yourself by reading the first 21 pages of “The Red Rucksack” for free. If you like what you see, or if you just plain can’t stop reading, you can purchase a print copy or download the e-book through his blog.
Looking for suggestions on where to travel in 2014? TripAdvisor has you covered. Earlier this week travel planning website revealed its Traveler’s Choice Awards which includes their selections for destinations that are on the rise for the year ahead. The list provides locations both internationally and within the U.S., giving us a glimpse of the places that will be popular with travelers over the next 12 months. Continue Reading…
For decades the beauty of Sri Lanka was clouded by civil war. The bloody conflict, which ended in 2009, kept the country and its pristine beaches, spectacular temples and ruins out of reach for most travelers. These days, though, Sri Lanka’s stock is on the rise. In fact, Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as its top country to visit in 2013, saying its becoming one of the world’s “best-value destinations.” With these three simple tips, you can easily maximize your travel budget in Sri Lanka. Continue Reading…
There is no denying that over the past few years smartphones have become indispensable tools in our daily lives. They help us to stay in touch with friends and family, keep up on current events through social media, and help us find the closest Italian restaurant, while allowing us to make dinner reservations en route. Their ability to take decent photographs has even made the smartphone the most popular type of camera in the world today, giving us the ability to quickly share our images on Facebook and Instagram. But more and more travelers are relying on their phones as a way of photographing their adventures, which is a mistake that could lead to regret down the line. Here are five reasons you should still carry a dedicated camera with you on your next trip. Continue Reading…