Blog posts of '2014' 'February'

Around the World in 80 Travel Books
In their most recent issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine featured “80 Great Travel Books.” Ranging across geography and genres, here are some highlights from their list that we've enjoyed along the road. For more great reads spanning the continents, browse Longitude’s Around the World in 80 Travel Books.
An Explorer's Notebook
Tim Flannery, the internationally acclaimed scientist credited with discovering more species than Charles Darwin, has published books on everything from climate change (The Weather Makers) to Captain Cook (The Explorers), from Australian history (The Birth of Sydney) to Pacific exploration (Among the Islands), from the possums of New Guinea (
Inside a Mongolian Nomad's Ger
Kindly contributed by Liza Carter, with photographs from her book Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family, a collaborative effort between Carter and a nomadic Mongolian family living on the steppe. Carter's personable prose and excellent photography capture the Mongolian people's daily lives, in many ways still untouched by modernity.
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Northwest Passage
“Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage, To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea, Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage, And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.”  
The waters of the Danube River have served as a fountain of inspiration for many writers, among them Patrick Leigh Fermor, Claudio Magris and Nick Thorpe. Fermor's famous trilogy about his travels along the banks of the river captures pre-war Europe in all its innocence and charm. Magris' erudite observations in his book, Danube, bring new depth to our understanding of the places and personalities of Central Europe. Thorpe's new travelogue, also called
The Mercator maps we studied in grade school misinformed us. Africa is huge. You might imagine it a little larger than Greenland, but it's roughly about the size of Europe combined with South America. Yet, though the safari-lover and the nature tourist often get close, most of us don't make it to the heart of Africa. As well as being difficult to reach, parts of the inner continent are perpetually on the brink of tribal and civil war. Consequently, many Westerners comfortably replace a travel experience with Heart of Darkness, keeping Africa at a safe distance. That is why a book like
Educational Travel Conference 2014
We were happy to meet many of our partners at the Educational Travel Conference in Orlando last week, tour operators and planners who are educating the world through experiential travel. Lecturers at the conference included renowned National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, who showcased photos from his three-decade-long career of underwater exploration. Skerry’s photography books, such as Man and Sea and his recent