Road Trip!

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Summer is always a great time to take a road trip, and there are so many fantastic literary references to road trips that it’s about time someone put together a map to document each route.

I came across this fabulous post called “The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips” by Richard Kreitner. His parameters for including the trip on the map were exacting, and had to have a narrative arc that matched the geographical arc in order to be included. The results are amazing.

You can click on the routes (which intersect), pick a starting point, or find out the literary reference to a certain spot simply by clicking on the dot. He’s even organized the routes so that you can choose to see only one literary route at a time, which is fantastic. This map chronicals everything from WILD by Cheryl Strayed, to TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY by John Steinbeck.

If you’ve always wondered what a particular road trip must have looked like, take a few minutes to work through this detailed map. You won’t regret it, and I bet you’ll share this with friends.

Happy Road-Tripping!

Scratch-Off

Last summer, our adult readers had a lot of fun with our “Goodies for Grown Ups” adult summer reading tickets. After joining the program and reading books, they were given special scratch-off tickets to win prizes that were donated by several local businesses. It was a big hit!

scratchoffmap2So, when I came across this Scratch-Off World Map, it reminded me of our program. The “I Was Here” map is a unique item designed by the Art. Lebedev Studio Shop to help travelers keep track of places they’ve been. It begins as a large, grey world map, but once you visit a place, you scratch off the country and the colour is revealed underneath. How is that for incentive to get visiting the world?

This gives me ideas for our upcoming summer program…..

Planning on some Travel?

20150328_091844If you’re like most of us, you’re already planning summer. And what better things to think about than trips! If you don’t think you have the time or funds to venture to another part of the world, what about staying in Canada and doing exciting things?  I’ve got some ideas for you!

We recently got some great new travel guides in the library….and they’re all about bucket lists and Canada. Choose from fabulous one-of-a-kind experiences like being a cowboy on a ranch, or skiing a World UNESCO site, or how about swimming with salmon? These are just a few ideas from THE GREAT WESTERN CANADA BUCKET LIST by Robin Esrock. It seems like Esrock has put together amazing ideas that you can do close to home, with an exciting I can’t believe this is in Canada feel!

Drop by the library for these and many other super travel guides for Eastern Ontario, the wide province and Canadian trips you might never have thought about. Start planning now, and your summer is bound to be exciting!

Are You Going to Travel?

Our summer theme this year is GO!  Since the warmer months are a great time for people to take off on car trips, or even off to more lofty destinations, I thought you might like to know about a great new way to chronicle your trip.

Tripographer combines our love of vacation photos with our obsession to share with our friends.

 

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Even if you just have a “staycation”, this is a fun way to make your photos stand out.  Once you upload and edit, connect the photos as a slideshow, add a Google Street View option and share with your friends on all your favourite social media sites!

 

Travel to a book!

At the beginning of our lives, many of us grow to love books. The stories often take place in magical settings or simply places we’ve never been and so seem magical to little readers. I came across a wonderful blog post about popular children’s books and the places that inspired them.  The comments below the article are just as interesting, with a small argument going on about the origins of Winnie the Pooh.

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Just click on the link above, or on the picture to go to the site and read more. A fun way to waste a few minutes!

Travel on Frivolous Friday

The March Break is over, but people are starting to think about summer travel.  With all of the restrictions, it’s hard to figure out just what you can take on the plane with you and avoid a mass opening of each item.  So, to counter all of this travel woe, an online company called 3Floz has taken the guesswork out of your travel supplies.  They provide an extensive array of products for your hair, face and body, all neatly packaged in simple 3 ounce containers.  Each product is larger than a sample size, but would also be great for someone who just doesn’t want to spend money on a full-size product they’ve never tried. The great thing about this site is that they are willing to ship to your home, or right to your hotel! Great for people who have lost their luggage or had items taken from them during boarding.

So, don’t let those travel restrictions get you down anymore!

Pawsengers

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I thought I’d heard everything until I came across this idea of a new way for your pets to travel.  Many of my co-workers have pets, although I don’t think any of them would go so far as to use this form of travel, but there must be a need for it.  On regular airlines, if you are traveling with a pet, they must be checked in with your baggage and they end up making the trip with the rest of the cargo while you worry about them up in your comfort class seat.

A new airline called PetAirways does it very differently.  You check in with your pet at the airport at their special booth and the pet is loaded onto a plane with other animals.  The best part is that they all sit up in the passenger area, not down below, and they are taken for regular bathroom breaks so that they are comfortable.  The plane then takes off and meets you at your destination, where your pet will be walked and then will meet you at the gate.  You can even track the progress of the flight or make arrangements for your pet to have accommodation overnight if you cannot pick him up right away.  Luxury.

Of course, if you are just thinking of getting a pet, we have a huge assortment of books on the subject from ferrets to dogs to salamanders.  We also have a wonderful travel section that is sure to spark your imagination.  So, if you have the wanderlust and you just can’t bear to leave Fluffy at home, take a look at PetAirways as an alternative.

It does make me wonder, in this world of excessive air quality problems and the fact that we are all trying to be a little more environmentally friendly, how anyone could justify an entire plane…..just for animals.  What do you think?