The Perfect Travel Books for Every Kind of Senior Traveler
Like the tigers of Bandhavgarh National Park in India, or snowflakes at the Snow Crystal Museum in Asahikawa, Japan, no two senior travelers are alike. There are publications for explorers of all needs, wants, and abilities and the following are the best bets for travel in 2018. Which traveler are you?
You love a classic
There’s a reason why National Geographic is the most widely collected publication in history, it’s a classic—dependable, reputable, and beautifully done. Their collection of best-selling publications represent a huge range of travel tips, from 225 tips in Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places, 500 in Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, and 5,000 in the more local 50 States, 5,000 Ideas.
You’re a mind wanderer
For those that are unable to travel far from home, or simply love a lengthy read, the 1,000 Places series by Patricia Schultz is the perfect option for sheer content. It’s the kind of material that lets the mind wander because there is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast. The #1 New York Times Best Sellers come in worldwide and localized options: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die.
You’re in need of a fresh take
If senior travel tips these days seem limiting to you and your wanderlust. Lonely Planet is today’s largest travel guidebook publisher in the world, and generally has the most current take on what’s happening, especially given its emphasis on digital products.
What’s more, these unmissable sights and attractions have been ranked by Lonely Planet’s global community of travel experts, which means that entries are the people’s choice and are clearly ordered for your convenience. Reclaim your youthfulness with Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 or Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked
You’ve seen it all
With retirement comes the freedom of an open calendar, so you’ve already seen everything the world over. Think again…you’ve never left the beaten path!
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders (Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton) promises the weird, unexpected, and overlooked, celebrating 700 of the most curious places in the world with entries like: a baobab tree in South Africa that’s so large it has a pub inside, the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, and a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.
Toilets of the World (Morna E. Gregory and Sian James) is an essential “coffee-table book” for any bathroom, that’s where all the best books are devoured anyhow. This amusing photographic directory of toilets takes you continent-by-continent through the world’s most unusual toilets as an homage to the ingenuity and idiosyncrasy that characterize the construction of the humble toilet around the globe. You’ll be moved to take a world tour—just take care to watch out for snorkelers down below if you’re ever in the San Blas Islands of Panama!