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Plan Your Summer Vacation by Starting at the Library!

April 2022

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!

Cover of book "Ramble Texas"

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 Bora Bora 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 & Byways of Texas: Drives, Day Trips and Weekend Excursions, written by Amy K. Brown. Outdoor enthusiasts may find Mickey Little’s Camper's Guide to Texas Parks, Lakes, and Forests: Where to Go and How to Get There a helpful resource. 

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, and staying safe. You’ll also discover handy uses for Ziploc bags, and no-fail road-trip games. 

The pandemic world found some families considering a “gap year” and taking an extended break from the established routine. Economics professor Charles Wheelan shares his experiences with traveling and homeschooling teenagers in his book, We Came, We Saw, We Left.

Cover of book, "Volunteer Vacations"

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.

Maybe you’re planning on taking your 4-legged friend with you. For 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.

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.

Motorcyclists may like Robert Wicks’ book, Adventure Motorcycling Manual: Everything You Need to Plan and Complete the Journey of a Lifetime. Explore some of the most thrilling cycling routes around the world in Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides of the World.

If you’ve ever considered taking a cross-country train trip, check out Jim Loomis’s     
All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide. Discover how to see some of our nation’s most beautiful countryside not often seen from the interstate.

Cover of book, "All Aboard"

Before you go – wherever or however 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 along the way. The site also features puzzles, games & book reviews, & there’s nothing to check out! Click on the “Books, eLibrary, and More” tab to access our collection of electronic books for the whole family.

For more vacationing ideas, click here to go straight to these resources (and others) in our catalog, or click here for a printable flyer listing books in the FBCL collection, as well as websites for attractions in the local area.

Start your trip off right by beginning at the library! Have a great summer!