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Busy Ideas for Bored Kids: Travel Edition

Busy Ideas for Bored Kids: Travel Edition

$10.00
Out of ideas for how to interest bored kids? Pick a card! This card pack in a handy tin includes 50 fun ideas to keep boredom at bay as kids are traveling. Choose cards with the PLANE icon for plane travel ideas, CAR icon for road trip ideas, and the SHOE icon for walking ideas. Perfect for ages 4+, take them on your next vacation to keep the kids entertained. Plastic-free packaging. Text heavy contents, English only
Charlotte County Atlas

Charlotte County Atlas

$14.95
$14.95
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Adams, Mark
$20.00
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TRAVEL MEMOIR

What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and "discovered" Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer's perilous path in search of the truth--except he'd written about adventure far more than he'd actually lived it. In fact, he'd never even slept in a tent.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams' fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world's most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?

Nora says this book is one of the greatest adventure books of all time.

Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

Armitage, Simon
$15.95
The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain's version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Walking "the backbone of England" by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words, "to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self."
Birnbaum's 2024 Walt Disney World

Birnbaum's 2024 Walt Disney World

Birnbaum Guides
$19.99
Prepare for your Walt Disney World vacation with the one and only official, up-to-the-minute insider's guide to America's most popular travel destination!

Updated annually with expert advice and reviews, coupons, and more!

Trust Birnbaum as your 2023-2024 guide for:

  • insider tips for budgeting, scheduling, and navigating the theme parks and resorts
  • detailed descriptions of all the attractions, resorts, and eateries
  • money-saving strategies and more than $400 worth of coupons
  • colorful maps, photos, Disney character illustrations, and more

  • Get the scoop on what's new at Walt Disney World:
  • Race through the Grid on TRON Lightcycle/Run, the Magic Kingdom's high-octane newcomer
  • Have a blast at EPCOT's dazzling new nighttime spectacular
  • Add these groundbreaking attractions to your "must-do" list: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance; Slinky Dog Dash; Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway; Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind!, and the Disney Skyliner, the aerial gondola system connecting EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and four resorts

  • Inside this book, find out how to:
  • Catch the Magic Kingdom's beloved fireworks extravaganza: Happily Ever After
  • Make a splash at the Disney water parks
  • Have a meal with Mickey Mouse and his Disney pals
  • Enjoy Disney Springs, a vibrant dining, shopping, and entertainment district
  • Detect Hidden Mickeys throughout the theme parks
  • Soar on the back of a mountain banshee at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park attraction Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Choose (and book!) a Disney dining experience with our extensive restaurant coverage
  • Book a backstage tour or fireworks cruise
  • Get great value at Disney's Art of Animation and Pop Century resorts
  • Fly high in Toy Story Land, a cheery play zone at Disney's Hollywood Studios park
  • Meet favorite Disney characters

  • Planning a trip to the Walt Disney World with your family?
  • Be sure to also pick up Birnbaum's 2024 Walt Disney World for Kids: The Official Guide.
  • Paris and Her Cathedrals

    Paris and Her Cathedrals

    Bloch, R. Howard
    $24.00
    "So infectious is R. Howard Bloch's passion for his subject that even those unable to do the traveling required will find in Paris and Her Cathedrals an inspiring guide to these time-hallowed masterpieces of medieval culture." --Colin Jones, author of Paris and The Great Nation

    Over the years, R. Howard Bloch has become renowned for the insider tours of Paris that he gives to students abroad. Long sought after by travelers and history buffs for his near-encyclopedic knowledge of French cathedrals, the eminent French literature scholar finally shares his expertise with a wider audience.

    In Paris and Her Cathedrals, six of the most sublime cathedrals in the penumbra of Paris--Saint-Denis, Notre-Dame, Chartres, Sainte-Chapelle, Amiens, Reims--are illumined in magnificent detail as Bloch, taking us from the High Middle Ages to the devastating fire that set Notre-Dame ablaze in 2019, traces the evolution of each in turn. Written from the premise that "seeing is enhanced by knowing," each chapter is organized along the lines of a walk around and then through the space of the cathedral, such that the actual or virtual visitor feels the rich sweep of the church, "the essence of these architectural wonders" (Antonia Felix).

    Animating the past with lush evocations of architectural splendor--from flying buttresses and jewel-encrusted shrines to hidden burial grounds and secret chambers--Bloch then contextualizes the cathedrals within the annals of French history. Here thrilling tales of kingly intrigue--as in Saint-Chapelle, where the pious King Louis IX amassed relics, including Christ's crown of thorns--and audacious abbots are interspersed with anecdotes about the meeting of aristocratic and everyday life, culminating in "a rich, colorful narrative that clearly but expertly explains the history and symbolism of some of the world's most magnificent buildings" (Ross King).

    To be read in preparation for an enlightened visit or merely to open a window upon the High Middle Ages in France, Paris and Her Cathedrals is a "revelation," an "indispensable guide" (Garry Wills) to these awe-inspiring structures. Complete with the author's own photographs, this beautifully illustrated volume vitally enhances our understanding of the history of Paris and its environs.
    World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

    World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

    Bourdain, Anthony
    $35.00

    A guide to some of the world's most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

    Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania's utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman's Empty Quarter--and many places beyond.

    In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places--in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

    Supplementing Bourdain's words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago's best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.

    For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

    500 Races, Routes and Adventures

    500 Races, Routes and Adventures

    Brewer, John
    $12.98
    500 Races, Routes and Adventures contains all the information and practical advice needed to enjoy the best and most unusual running experiences around the world--all gathered in one place, a veritable bucket list for runners. Taking an exciting journey around the world, the book details the best routes, locations, and races worth running on all seven continents (including Antarctica!).

    Each run is described in vivid detail and presented alongside impressive full-color photography with route/race stats. Entries are written by running
    experts from around the world and categorized into type: road, trail, mountain, desert, winter, nighttime, multi-terrain, urban as well as team and relay runs in addition to novelty runs and festivals. Each entry is plotted onto continent maps as well as easy to use month-by-month race finders.

    Races are indexed both by type and location, for easy navigation. Whether planning a 5k charity fun run in the local park, a first marathon, a solitary off-road mountain adventure, or an extreme round-the-world ultramarathon
    challenge, this information-packed, heavily illustrated book is a one-stop source of inspiration for runners at every level.

    Swim

    Swim

    Brule, Tyler
    $35.00

    Swimming is excellent exercise of course, but it's so much more than that: it can be a transcendental experience, offering us space to reflect and to escape. It's an antidote to screens and all-encompassing technology. Perhaps it's the shedding of inhibitions that come with a dip, or could it be that getting somewhere under our own steam is an act that's health-giving, refreshing and life-affirming? Whatever it means to you, swimming--alone or with others, badly or brilliantly--is about being in the moment.

    This new book celebrates bathing in glorious full-color photography, revealing the editors' chosen swimming spots from inner-city architectural wonders to lakes, beach clubs and bagni. Whether you're looking to do laps in Italy, tread water in Australia, sink into the icy depths in Iceland--or perhaps just sit on the side and let others do the hard work--this guide includes a setting for everyone. Dive right in.

    Walk in the Woods (Movie Tie-In): Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    Walk in the Woods (Movie Tie-In): Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    Bryson, Bill
    $15.99
    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

    Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
    For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.