I warned you on my About page that I love travel books and sometimes buy stacks of them. Well, the library was having a warehouse sale and I bought
a few over a dozen more books for my collection. 15 to be exact. Check out what I bought.
Most of these were library books that the library decided to discard; the others look like they were donated to the library. Some of them are older editions that the library was getting rid of because they replaced them with new editions. All of them were priced at $2, $3, or $4. Here’s the list of what I came home with and why I selected each one:
- Roadtripping USA
I checked this book out of the library and brought it with us on our trip out west in 2010, so when I saw it for sale for $3, it was an easy decision.
- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
It was a NY Times #1 Bestseller and of course I had seen it, but I didn’t own a copy. Now I do. Seems like a good addition to my personal library.
- Ask Arthur Frommer: And Travel Better, Cheaper, Smarter
This one was a tougher decision, but what swayed me is that it looks like it has a lot of tips in it. I’ll find out when I read it how helpful they are.
- The Traveler’s Web: An Extreme Searcher Guide to Travel Resources on the Internet
This book came out in 2007, and the internet has changed a lot since then. However, if I find a few cool websites like the lighthouse finder website that I posted about in my Wind Point Lighthouse post, then the $2 I spent on it will be worth it.
- World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 911 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
I snatched this one up the instant I saw it, even though I wasn’t familiar with the book. I was thrilled to find that it’s filled with color photos.
- Ohio Oddities: A Guide to the Curious Attractions of the Buckeye State
If you read my post on North Dakota Roadside Attractions, you know that I think that odd attractions are fun and amusing. As an Ohio travel author, I’ve seen this book around and have wanted to add it to my collection.
- Fun with the Family Ohio
I’ve seen this one around too. While I’m pretty sure I know about everything this book has in Southwest Ohio, I thought it might be a good resource for the rest of the state.
- Official Guide to the Smithsonian
Official Guide to the Smithsonian – Our big family trip this year will be to Washington, D.C. This book was printed in 1996, so it’s likely out-of-date, but I still thought it would give me a good overview of the different museums of the Smithsonian.
- Washington, D.C. (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE)
I had this book checked out of the library and just returned it because I had reached the maximum number of renewals. For a mere $3, I can keep this one as long as I like without having to worry about overdue fines.
- Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel for a Year for the Cost of Staying Home
Until my kids are grown, I don’t see us living on the road, but it looked like an interesting read.
- USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events, and Festivals
Because we are visiting all 50 states, we don’t have time to spend a week in each state. Some of our state visits are short, so it’s very important that we pick a worthwhile destination that reflects that state. A book about iconic places sounds like it will be helpful.
- Insiders’ Guide to Pittsburgh
I grew up near Pittsburgh and my parents still live there. This will hopefully give us some ideas for our visits to Grandma’s house.
- See the USA the Easy Way (Reader’s Digest)
It’s an older book (1995), but the subtitle is what caught my eye: “136 Loop Tours to 1200 Great Places”. It looks like it has some nice itineraries mapped out.
- AAA EXPLORE AMERICA: TOURS OF DISCOVERY THROUGH OUR MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY
This one has some nice color photos and we all know that AAA knows about driving vacations.
- Life: Our National Parks: Celebrating America’s Natural Splendor
You would expect that a book from LIFE would have fabulous photography and this one doesn’t disappoint. My family loves national parks.