Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

E-books about home exchanging and vacation rentals

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although increasingly popular, home exchanges and vacation rentals remain a mystery to many travellers. Toronto writer Sandra Pearson recently published two e-books that provide some good tips for people hoping to arrange a house exchange or rent a self-catering property. There is some overlap in content between the two books. Home Exchanging: Your Guide to […]

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Book review: Turning Tuscan by Sam Hilt

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever wish you could chuck the rat race and move to a hill village in Italy? Sure you do. We all do. Corporate trainer Sam Hilt actually did it. And his book about the experience–Turning Tuscan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Going Native–is a well-told, engaging tale. It begins, as these memoirs often do, with a […]

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Book review: Female Nomad and Friends

Posted on July 26th, 2012 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A book that combines two of my favourite things: travel and recipes! How could I resist? I’ve been eager to readĀ Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World since it came out in 2010. But, with one thing and another, I just got around to it now. And I’m […]

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Greatest hits from Facing the Street: My 7 links

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Way back in July, I blush to admit, fellow blogger Edie Jarolim very kindly invited me to participate in a blogosphere event called My 7 Links. Edie writes the wonderful pet-lovers’ blog Will My Dog Hate Me?, which is by turns hilarious, informative and heartbreaking, depending on the day. And My 7 Links is sponsored […]

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Must travel be arduous to be interesting?

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

That question occurred to me while reading a Financial Times article by veteran travel writer Paul Theroux about his new book, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives of the Road. Theroux subscribes quite enthusiastically to the belief that only journeys fraught with danger, disease, fear, loathing, despair and monumental challenge are worth reading about. […]

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Book review: Radio Shangri-La

Posted on June 17th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

“This is the story of my midlife crisis,” writes journalist Lisa Napoli in the preface to her charming memoir, Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. (If midlife crises aren’t your thing, don’t stop reading–this is a book that focuses much more on the people Napoli meets than on herself.) […]

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Year of Geography: Antigua and Barbuda

Posted on January 29th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Antigua and Barbuda is the first country on the Year of Geography list I’ve actually visited. Granted, I was about 15 on my only trip of more than 24 hours; the other visits were quick stops on the way to and from Montserrat. But I did get to spend a very long night on one […]

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Book review: Writer explores England by kayak

Posted on June 23rd, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

As British writer David Aaronovitch points out in the introduction to his 2000 travel book/memoir, Paddling to Jerusalem, in the last few years writers have walked around England under the guise of just about every gimmick imaginable. From south to north, around the coast, up the middle, round the sides, in wheelchairs, on one leg, […]

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Book review: Essays capture delight of travel

Posted on November 5th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

It’s a doozy of a title: The Third Tower Up from the Road: A Compilation of Columns from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’s Kevin Dolgin Tells You About Places You Should Go. And the cover photo of the Great Wall of China is a bit misleading. Yes, there’s a funny, lovely column in the collection about Dolgin’s […]

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Video: How to Do It Like an Aussie

Posted on March 9th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although I strongly suspect these two Aussie women, Pip and Kym, are playing up their Aussieness for the cameras, I still enjoyed this little video that tries to teach non-Australians a bit of Down Under culture–from how to make bush tea to what the heck “Good on ya” means. It’s a promo to draw attention […]

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