Wanderlust Read: Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
Default / 20/03/2020

“Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World” is the memoir of Rita Golden Gelman. Gelman is an accomplished writer who has published over 70 children’s books and a pair of adult books. The urge to write this particular book struck Gelman during the process of a painfful divorce. Wanting to seek out the best in life, she chose to flee her Los Angeles residence and sell off all of her material possessions in order to become a global wanderer in 1986, beginning with a trip south of the border to Mexico City. To this day, Gelman “maintains” no set residence and has few possessions to her name.  This book is filled with Gelman’s stories of mendicant meandering in pursuit of connecting with the world’s many peoples and cultures. Some of these anecdotes include the following.  A stint residing within an indigenous Mexican community of Zapotec.  Encountering the curious and clever orangutans of Borneo’s verdant rainforest.  Sleeping on the Galapagos Islands with only the sounds of sea lions and the gentle crashing of waves against the coast as her lullaby.  Multiple brushes with mysticism and the occult, from meditative healers to Santeria.  Communing with dozens with women as they cooked,…

A Different Way to Find Travel Inspiration at the Local Bookstore
Default / 25/06/2019

Almost everybody we know loves to travel and is looking for inspiration for their next trip. In a lot of ways, it’s almost addict-like. But instead of seeking out the next thrill, we’re seeking out the next destination. This day-and-age of digital marketing and e-commerce leads many of us to search for travel books online—or just search online for the top beach vacations, safari trips, romantic getaways, best European cities, top South American destinations, etc. Still, the local brick-and-mortar book shop can be a great way to find a more deeply personal, if a somewhat random and spontaneous, inspiration for your next trip. As a group of former booksellers, here is what we recommend….   How Local Booksellers Local booksellers use planograms with “anchor” book titles that create a visual focal point for that section of bookshelf, while also helping shoppers find the most popular selections and, thus, in theory, increase sales. When we reached out to some of our friends who are still in the business, they confirm that some of the best visual merchandising software on the market can make a difference to the bottom-line. You might turn around and say, “I thought that kind of planogram software…

Series Spotlight: Fodor’s Travel Guide
Default / 20/09/2018

Fodor’s publishes English language travel and tourism information, hiring local writers based in each guidebook destination rather than travel writers. As a result, their travel guides are often great for those wanting to experience a destination “like a local.” In total, they’ve published over 300 travel guides that cover more than 7,500 destinations around the globe. Fodor’s has been writing and publishing guide books for nearly eighty years.   Fodor’s guides cover the material one might expect a travel guide to include, but the content is organized a bit differently. These books have five sections: Experience [Name of Country], A [Name of Country] Primer, City/Area Chapters, Understanding [Name of Country], and Travel Smarts. The Experience section launches into current affairs, top attractions and experiences, etiquette, money-saving tips, and several planning suggestions. If you only have a few minutes to read a Fodor’s guide, you’ll find everything you need in this first section. The Primer chapter includes detailed information about local arts, pop culture, sports, current affairs, history, cuisine, natural environment, and religion. This section is often photo-dense.   The City and Area Chapters are the most information-heavy parts of Fodor’s guides, providing miniature guides for each area including sights, activities,…