Two Book Reviews on Travel

Off the Tourist Trail: 1000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives by Bill Bryson is the lowdown on our planet’s pristine points of interest and activities. It shows hundreds of over visited spots – anything from national parks to commercialized museums – and discloses 1,000 refreshing and intriguing different alternatives. Compiled by a group of travel authorities, and along with a foreword by Bill Bryson, this particular guide provides attractive locations, stunning areas, spectacular natural delights and memorable activities alive with educational narrative and breathtaking images.

Select the desired destination by subject – Historic and Ancient Places, Celebrations and Events, Fantastic Trips, Architectural tours, Natural Treasures, Seashores, Sporting activities and Pursuits, Artistic creation and cultural, and Locations – or just search this specific delicious guidebook and become empowered. Useful guidance on finding your way there and getting about, a place to stay, where you can dine and when to visit, in addition to helpful ‘Need to Know’ details, provide you with the best from your time and effort apart.

Much less congested, typically more affordable, and frequently a whole lot more magnificent and satisfying, these types of little-advertised miracles around the globe inspire visitors to say goodbye to the well-known but tired options, reminding individuals exactly what genuine travel is exactly about – avoiding the mundane and taking on fresh new places.

You will find freedom, freshness and fun when you follow the trail offered in Off the Tourist Trail.
DK Travel

A Season in Heaven
David Tomory

“A season in Heaven” is a compilation of factual tales relayed through the hippies from the later 60’s and beginning 70’s, which set out on the Hippy trail from Istanbul to Katmandu.

If someone desires to find out how all of it began, the way the hippies funded their journeys, the way they endure long-term while traveling as well as the important things they have learned on the way, this particular book describes everything.

The writing is easy and simple to follow. The tactic is clear-cut: David Tomory, a traveling hippy himself, blended those brief interviews organized by the villages and locations stopped at along the trek.

The hippies, as everyone knows, had been the folks that preferred as much as possible freedom. They would depart their homes with a small amount of cash inside their wallets and lived through months or even years traveling. How was this accomplished? The honest answer is: panhandling, drug dealing, starting small enterprises, carrying out little tasks for others or lodging free of charge in ashrams, hostels or perhaps in caves with the religious sadhus.

India was the “hip” place to go. The Beatles made is popular and the spiritual quests began for many young hippies. At first the Prime Minister of India loved them, and then they wanted to through them out. But going to India was the thing “love children” wanted to do to experience enlightenment and freedom.

Because they were the free generation they used word of mouth rather than obtaining guidebooks. They saw people and places along the way that others had never heard of. They hitchhiked and road magical “freak” busses along the route from Istanbul to Deli. The trip was long and arduous with many obstacles along the way. Illness, border crossing troubles, failures in the vehicles all made for a very long journey. But once they arrived in India, this spiritual, mystical country became home to many a hippie traveler. Some have never left.

Many spiritual seekers today specifically go to India for the spiritual quest inspired by earlier hippies. Now they cannot not travel the hippie trail as easily as they did in the 60’s and early 70’s, because of the changes in the political climates. However the countries described in a Season in Heaven shows the appreciation for the natural and rugged beauty of Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq that we don’t hear about today. The hippies seemed to be pioneers who were fearless and free. Those who read this account will either remember the times with nostalgia or the younger generation will look at the accounts with a bit of envy.

The book is a fascinating account of a special time in the world’s history and in the evolution of a generation. It’s a good read for traveler and historian alike.
Lonely Planet Publications

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