October 2011

Once in a Lifetime Trips: The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences

Believe or not, there is far more out in the world than you can see by looking out your window. There are places that are

 truly magical and that are so amazing that they are included in Once in a Lifetime Trips: The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences.

I don't make a lot money and know that I will never see most of the places in this book, but seeing the pictures and learning about it lets me feel like I have experienced it if only in a small way. For those of you with a little more money to spend or actually have the ability to save something, this book can be your inspiration for some future vacation or honeymoon.

The pictures in this book truly bring each destination to life. The authors of this book have searched the globe and found the places they don't tell you about in the tour brochures. You can experience fly fishing in the fjords of Chile or traveling though Alaska on a small boat in places where the cruise ships can't go.

Food Can Be A Destination

Books about food may enrich your travel

Food is one of the most important parts of any trip. It doesn't matter where you go, there is going to be food unique to

 that area. It could be a certain place that is unlike any other, such as a doughnut shop that sells foot long doughnuts.

It could be a type of food that is a special to that area, such as a Philly Cheese Steak. Most of these places are off the beaten path and while well-known to the locals, they are generally missed by the tourist population.

Tourists tend to stick with the big box stores that may be located in or near the hotel and don't venture far off from the main purpose of the trips, such as an amusement park or museum. For the foodies out there, there are several books available by chefs, like Anthony Bourdain, that talk about the foods from a special area.

Do Travel Guides Do More Harm Than Good?


My entire life I have always wanted to visit Walt Disney World in Florida, but my parents didn't have the money to go on

 many vacations and when we did it wasn't more than a state away. Since I knew I couldn't go, I read and watched everything I could about the theme park.

I read about the rides and the hotels and restaurants and dreamed of the day I could finally see it for myself. Thirty years later, I am almost there and I will be able to bring my children, so they won't have to live vicariously through books and television like I did.

I have two worries because of all the reading and watching I have done through the years. Will my expectations of the event be far better than the event itself. I didn't have to wait in line for any of the rides. I didn't experience the crowds or bad weather in all the books. I have dreamed of what it would be like to visit Epcot center, but what happens when I finally walk into that dome.

See What Goes Bump In The Night


It's that time of the year again, when people's thoughts turn to what goes bump in the night. Halloween is a naturally 

spooky time of the year, but the truth is that haunting and ghosts don't just come out during the chilly October nights.

The “Encyclopedia of Haunted Places” is the perfect companion for anyone looking for spine-tingling haunted vacation spots or a creepy bed and breakfast. Most people like to keep their paranormal happenings to themselves, but when you're running a business and want to make money, it doesn't hurt to capitalize on the haunted happenings.

This book provides a wealth of information on a variety of haunted locations throughout the United States. Unlike some of the more regional haunted books that are out there, you'll find a haunted place near you, no matter where you live. Many of them are hotels and bed and breakfasts that let people stay in the haunted rooms.