Wanderlust Read: A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Default / 05/03/2018

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is Bill Bryson’s autobiographical account of his attempt to complete the AT. Bryson moves deftly between humorous observation and serious discussions relating to the trail’s history and his hiking experience, covering sociology, ecology, botany, zoology, and anthropology.   The book begins with Bryson’s vivid description of his personal interest with the Appalachian Trail. A piece of the trail runs by his home, and the occasional traveler passes by throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. After several years, Bryson and his friend, Stephen Katz, set out to hike the trail from the south end—from Georgia to Maine. The first half of the book is heavy with grief and frustration; Bryson’s travel partner, Katz, is crude, overweight, and a recoverin alcoholic—even less prepared for the trip than Bryson himself. They struggle with gear, decide to discard expensive equipment and food, and stumble through the heat of America’s south and mid-Atlantic.   Upon reaching Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the two decide that the entire trail is too much of an undertaking. They skip a massive section of the trail, picking up again in Roanoke, Virginia. After nearly 800 miles of hiking the two…

Picking Your Perfect Travel Book
Default / 22/02/2018

Visitors to the “Travel Guide” section of Barnes and Noble are faced with an overwhelming task: choosing the perfect travel book. Colorful and information-dense, each travel guide appears to offer something the others don’t—whether it’s a section of “insider tips,” additional transportation maps, or discounts on popular attractions. However, choosing a guide is important when traveling, especially if you are traveling outside of the country; without abundance WiFi and international cell phone data, travelers find themselves utilizing analog sources of information.   5 Things to Consider Getting the guide that works for you is as important as the purchase itself. Below, we have listed a few essential facts to consider when making your decision.   Size—Though this seems like a strange factor to consider, it is the best way to eliminate large swaths of options. Are you planning to keep a backpack with you? How big of a bag are you bringing? Would you prefer the guide to sit in your pocket for the duration of the trip? Thinking about how you want to store the book will help make this important decision.   Language aid—Though English is a widely-spoken language, you will likely encounter a few awkward language barriers….