Ever feel like just taking off somewhere? Americans have several options when deciding what mode of travel to use and each one has an interesting origin. But, how did we get to these modern machines? Thanks to progress and technology, travelling by car has become especially easy—to the point that we take it for granted. Then again, maybe you want to board a plane and go on holiday. Given the unique past of planes, it’s well worth reading about the history of flight. When learning about the history of planes and automobiles you’ll realize that it was not always a smooth ride. Some excellent books tracing the history of planes, automobiles, and the concept of the interstate system are listed below.
This is the time of year when I start lamenting the fact that I didn't get to go on an extravagant trip to an exotic location, leading me to find books that allow me to escape (even if just for a little bit!). Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett helped me to do just that. Bonnett visited floating islands, hidden cities, and places not recorded on maps, reminding readers that there are still uncharted territories out there. Even if you don't get to travel outside of your hometown this summer, this book is a great reminder to put down distractions and realize that there is so much more to be seen and learned in our world.
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
Take a little H.G. Wells, stir in some Janet Evanovich, and let’s not forget a big dollop of Jane Austin and what do you get? A Murder in Time.
When her FBI team is ambushed as a result of a traitorous mole in the organization, Kendra Donavan sets herself on a mission to track down the man responsible for this act of betrayal and murder. Following his trail Kendra travels to an ancient castle in England where she finds herself, again, in great danger. To escape, Kendra stumbles upon an old stairwell and when she exits, finds herself in the year 1815.
As Kendra struggles with her own dilemma, a young woman’s dead body is discovered on the grounds of the estate. Now the question for Kendra is, can she return to her own time, and can she stop a serial killer using her know how of the 21st century with 18th century resources?
If you are thinking of joining the record number of Americans who will take a road trip this summer, you can start planning your trip with magazines from our digital collection. Even if you're already on the road, you can checkout these and other magazines anywhere you can connect to Wifi. Our magazine collection has over 200 titles, so you can read up on your other interests after planning your trip. Current issues are available immediately and we have several years of back issues for most titles.
The Ohio Collection has several new titles on history and travel within the state:
- Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State
- The Untried Life the Twenty-Ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War
- Saint Woody the History and Fanaticism of Ohio State football
- Ohio Hill Country a Rewoven Landscape
- Kids Love Ohio
- Finding Utopia Another Journey Into Lost Ohio
Stop in to learn more about Ohio's history, from OSU Football to the War of 1812.
We have a new one-stop source for essential global travel information. And it's mobile-friendly!
Developed by a world-traveling economist and import/export expert, Global Road Warrior goes far beyond the typical geographic info useful for a school report. There’s cultural, security, money and health info for leisure travelers, plus a lot more for business travelers. Interesting features include:
- Glossaries of essential words (with pronunciation), including travel terms
- Food! – a run-down on local cuisine, with recipes!
- Business customs and etiquette - Is lateness OK? Do you shake hands? Is small talk required before business? What are negotiations like?
- Electrical – what is the voltage, with pictures of the plugs
Just select a country from the extensive list on the left navigation bar, and you are off. You can take the “tour” here.
Did you see Kevin’s recent post on travel magazines available for your iPad? If travel’s on your mind, we just received our first issue of Lonely Planet magazine. This is, of course, the same publisher as the incredibly popular Lonely Planet Guidebooks. Same fabulous photos and articles written by ‘locals’ on interesting places, both international and 'domestical.'
The Summer 2016 cover story is—not surprisingly—summer travel, showcasing 42 of America’s Greatest National Parks, Cities, Beaches and Road Trips. Other features include planning an African safari, “secret” Europe, and weekend escapes.
If you want to stay closer to home, don’t forget we also have Columbus Monthly and Midwest Living, which both publish articles and supplements about local travel, and Ohio Magazine. All but the newest issues (in the blue binders) can be checked out.