Book reviews on the history of tourism, the world's first explorers and the best trips ever taken.
Best Reference Books on Boating
People are starting to turn to boats as a stress-buster and a way to relieve themselves from their busy schedules. It has been growing in popularity due to its various benefits. The increasing number of public facilities and the availability of boats are some of the factors that have contributed to the boom in the marine industry. Before, it was seen as a luxury sport for the rich and powerful individuals.
MUST-READ BEACH BOOKS YOU'LL LOVE THIS SUMMER
Whether you're traveling to an exotic location this summer or simply enjoying a day at the beach, these books will keep you company. From romance to fantasy, we've got it covered.
People We Meet on Vacation: 5 Stars
I was on vacation when I read this book and all it made me want to do was plan more vacations. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry is a perfect light read. However, fair warning, it WILL make you want to plan a vacation. Below is a brief summary followed by my thoughts and recommendation.
Bend in the Road Ahead!
I’ve been listening to the book “Decisive, How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work,” by Chip and Dan Heath. In the midst of a chapter they shared a statement that has stuck in my mind for several days.
The 3 Best Books About Travel in a Budget
Budget travel refers to travelers taking a low-cost approach to their travels. Most people associate the idea of budget traveling with packing a backpack and going on a trip around the world to third-world nations. But the term budget travel can also include domestic travel, such as visiting regional areas of your own country.
A Study of Nine Unusual Stories From India
Nine Lives is a collection of interviews by William Dalrymple, an accomplished author of travelogues and historical nonfiction.
The 10 Best Travel Books So Far...
I know I'm not alone when I say how much I miss the opportunity to jump onto a plane to travel somewhere, anywhere. Although our skies and oceans were in much need of a break from these super polluters, I do miss the allure of someplace new. I miss the sounds, the sight and smells of a different culture, city or country.
Mystery in "A Passage to India" by E M Forster
The mystery around which much of the plot of Forster’s “A Passage to India” revolves is that of what actually happened in the Marabar Caves. Was Miss Quested molested by Dr Aziz? However, there are mysteries that go much deeper than that and it is these that give the novel its greatest strength.
These Books Will Make You Travel
“To travel is to live” — Hans Christian Andersen There are very few feelings as unique as the pleasure that comes from traveling.
In the Path of Falling Objects
Andrew Smith strikes again! I’m starting off the new year by diving into the stack of books that I received at Christmas (and yes, they are all Andrew Smith). I decided to start with “In the Path of Falling Objects,” and I am glad that my 2021 reading journey is starting off with a bang. Smith, who is one of my favorite authors, has a way of crafting characters and narratives that completely hook that reader--and this book was no exception. Like a slow boil, I suddenly realized that I couldn’t put this book down; instead, I began furiously turning the pages in a desperate need to know how it would all end.
Unorganized Anthropocene Thoughts 
Reading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe has been eye-opening because it has opened up so many doors for discussion on the impact of not having strong emotional attachments, not only to people but to the environment around you. Crusoe as a character does a lot of listing and cataloging, something that almost seems indicative of what a scientist or any environmental observer at that time or a little later would do, regarding plants and animals. Since this prose serves with an observational function, what we are left with is the mindset of economics and colonial/commercial conquering and trade. Locke’s piece “Of Property” states that nature is without value unless it is labored, and then it becomes property. Crusoe works hard on the island to make it habitable to him, doing so “by hard Labour and constant Application” (Defoe 136). Crusoe sees the island on which he has landed on as a wasteland until he puts “Labour” into it and makes a use out of it. Value is based on the presence of humanity rather than the natural beauty and worth of the land. It now is that commerce and trade transform the land, not that the land transforms over time of its own accord. It is this manmade commerce and trade that makes nature into property, human property.
10 BEST FICTION AND NON-FICTION BOOKS ON GOA
Goa is a dream destination for India as well as international travelers. One of the many dream things to do in Goa is to sit on a beach and read. Not a very practical thing to do, but it makes a picture-perfect moment to hold a book, maybe books on Goa, in hand while posing on a beach.