A Literary Staycation

Are all your friends jetting off to Kauai and Paris while you’re stuck in Seattle? When all you want is an exotic summer, even road-tripping through Nebraska sounds thrilling. But instead of mooning over your lack of travel, read these great books and by the end of summer you’ll feel as if you voyaged around the world.

  •  Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die– This book is your guide to visiting all the places in the world that will make your jaw drop open. It’s filled with stunning pictures ranging from lizards surveying the Galapagos Islands to crumbling Ancient Greek ruins.
  • The Risks Of Sunbathing Topless: And Other Funny Stories From The Road– I laughed so much while reading this hilarious book, filled with crazy reminiscing of women who encountered mishaps on their journeys. My favourite stories included Kilimanjaro, a tale of the pain of being out of shape while hiking Africa’s tallest mountain and Tri Training in Russia, about a woman trying to train for a triathlon in wintry St. Petersburg. By the end, I felt as if I’d been embarrassed in every continent!
  • The library has lots of back issues of National Geographic Traveler, which is a magazine packed with detailed trip descriptions and quirky features focused on the hidden gems of the world. Every article is chock full of photos and unique itineraries, such as a tour of Rome’s old Jewish ghetto (I didn’t even know there was one!). You might even learn more about the cities your friends visited than they do!

~Margaret H., Teen Center volunteer

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