The Traveler

Whether you are planning your next adventure around the world or across the state, or if you prefer to discover other lands from the comfort of your living room, the library has resources to help you from start to finish. Find guidebooks, armchair travel, resources for planning and booking your trip, and more.

  • How to be the World's Smartest Traveler
    Christopher Elliott
    Consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to travel smart in this new guide from National Geographic. Calling on practical advice accumulated from more than 20 years of experience in the field, Elliott guides you through the complexities of travel--from cruises to car rentals, travel insurance to time shares, restaurants to resorts, and airlines to agents--and arms you with all the information you need for a successful trip.
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    Available through our Zinio e-magazine service. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition, along with interactive capabilities such as audio, video, enhanced navigation and faster browsing.
  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day
    Matt Kepness
    Available in Print. For over half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has used his massively popular travel blog to teach readers how to travel the world on the cheap. Arguing that traditional travel media lies, Matt cuts through the myth that travel is expensive. Traditional media shows you expensive hotels, resorts, cruises, and packages because that's what makes them money. This book will show you why that is a lie and how to use the system against itself to gain free flights, hotel rooms, find alternative accommodation, get into attractions for free, websites to find the best deals, and as well as detailed costs and saving tips for destinations around the world.
  • Book Lust to Go
    Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.
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Pronunciator: Want to learn a little bit of the local language before your trip? Pronunciator is a database that provides a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages. Pronunciator has an 8 week Travel Prep course as well as several phrase groups related to travel. Register for free and start learning!

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