Summer is just around the corner! Are you planning a trip? Or are you just dreaming of all the places you would like to visit someday? Start your travel plans with a stop at the library, where you can find information on destinations and get travel-planning tips. Or you may just want to find a book, a DVD or a video on faraway places so you can experience the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home!
Haven’t decided on a destination yet? Browse through the library’s extensive collection of videos and DVDs of places all over the world, from Alaska and Barcelona to Washington, DC and New Zealand, and many places in between.
If you want to stay closer to home, discover the best family vacation spots in Texas in Eric Peterson’s Ramble Texas: A Wanderer’s Guide to the Offbeat, Overlooked, and Outrageous. For scenic adventures, try Backroads of the Texas Hill Country, written by Gary Clark. Motorcycle enthusiasts may like Dorothy Waldman’s book, The Biker’s Guide to Texas: 25 Great Motorcycle Rides in the Lone Star State.
Traveling with small children? Nina Wildorf has compiled a lot of great tips from Budget Travel Magazine in The Smart Family’s Passport: 350 Money, Time, & Sanity Saving Tips. This great resource offers tips on managing infants on a plane, making the most of a Disney vacation You’ll also discover handy uses for Ziploc bags, and no-fail road-trip games. The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel, by Kelly Merritt, provides ideas for hundreds of fun, family vacations to fit any budget. For an adventure on wheels, try Marian Eure’s book The Everything Family Guide to RV Travel and Campgrounds: From Choosing the Right Vehicle to Planning Your Trip.
Maybe you’re planning on taking your 4-legged friend with you. Eileen Barish’s book, Vacationing with Your Pet, provides a directory of pet-friendly lodging in the United States and Canada. For more tips on traveling with animals by car or plane, try Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook, which lists thousands of pet-friendly lodgings and parks.
If you're looking for a way to make a difference while on vacation, try Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others, written by Bill McMillon. This guide shows you how a short-term volunteer stint can transform your life as much as the people, animals, and ecology you choose to help.
For vacationers looking for travel packages specifically for older adults, try The Seasoned Traveler: A Guide for Baby Boomers & Beyond, written by George Bauer. This great resource shares senior-citizen deals and tips for travelers from 50 to 90 years of age.
Before you go, check out the library’s digital collection of audio books and e-books for the trip. The library also has animated, talking picture books for children in the Tumblebook collection. These online books can be accessed on your iPad for your child to enjoy on the drive. The site also features puzzles, games & book reviews, & there’s nothing to check out! Click on the “eBooks and Digital Media” link on our webpage to access our collection of electronic books for the whole family.
Start your trip off right by beginning at the library! Have a great summer!
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