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Book Review: A Traveller’s Guide to finding the Best Accommodation by Ani Right

17 Feb

Disenchanted with many of the places where she has stayed, author Ani Right set out to share what she’d learned while traveling to 118 countries. She wanted to help her readers learn from her blunders. The result is A Traveler’s Guide to Finding the Best Accommodation.

If you’re tired of ending up in flea-infested, conventional, or noisy accommodation, then A Traveler’s Guide to Finding the Best Accommodation is just the book you’re looking for. In this spellbinding eBook, author Ani Right covers several topics of high interest to travelers. For example:

• Do you know the five grimiest objects in your hotel room?
• Do you make the maximum use of the hotel bellman?
• Do you know what the concierge can do for you?
• Do you know how to stay safe in your accommodation?
• Are you making use of strategies to save money on rooms?
• Do you know how to get free upgrades?
• Do you know such types of accommodation as a treehouse or a dry cabin?
• Have you tried staying for free with housesitting?
These are just some of the burning questions that A Traveler’s Guide to Finding the Best Accommodation will answer.

A Traveler’s Guide to Finding the Best Accommodation describes over a dozen types of accommodation and which one(s) are most appropriate. It also demystifies hotel rating systems. Within the pages of A Traveler’s Guide to Finding the Best Accommodation you will discover how to avoid starring in one of those horror stories about accommodation that looked comfortable on the travel brochures or the website but turned out to be rundown or vermin-infested.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

A Traveler’s Guide to Finding the Best Accommodation is a short but useful guide for novice travelers. It explains how to find the perfect place for you to stay based on your wants and needs. It gives tips on the use of the concierge and/or the bellman as well as definitions of different types of accommodations that are available (I had no idea!).

If you’re planning on traveling any time in the future, this would be a helpful guide.

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda Jayne

24 Oct

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Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda JaynePublisher:  Waldorf Publishing (July 1, 2018)
Category: Essays, Travelogues , Travel, Adventure
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642556797
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

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Description

This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a fake guide or two, a mean Dutch man, a magic whirlpool, a nasty case of Typhoid and a severe case of mountain stupidity are told with the confidence of a traveler who has discovered that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end.

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Guest Review by Sal

If you like travel and adventure, even if it is just from an arm chair, you are going to want this book!  Amanda Jayne has traveled to many different countries and at every turn has encountered near death experiences. 

In Japan, on a drunken night, a bunch of English teachers agreed they would climb Mt. Fuji.  They found out that most people climb at night so set a time to meet the next evening.  Only one person showed up besides Amanda.  It would have been evident to anyone who has done mountain climbing that they both arrived ill equipped.  They learned two valuable lessons: do what the locals do and be prepared for everything.  “Reasons for near-death: Ignoring all advice on mountains and mountain sickness; Stupidity.”

In Nepal, on the Bhote Kosi River, Amanda went rafting.  Just getting to the river was an adventure which included hiking, giardia (and finding place to have diarrhea), and a packed bumpy bus ride.  Then the real fun and danger began.  “Reasons for near-death: Attempting to tackle a set of rapids without a raft; a vicious whirlpool.”

The Amazon, Bolivia, Amanda signed up for an eco-friendly raft trip down the river with a so called, experienced guide.  “Reasons for near-death: Inexperienced guide on his first trip; getting lost in serpent infested waters; possible implosion due to infuriating Dutch man.”

These are just a few of the experiences Amanda Jayne had during her travels.  To read the full stories and about her other hair rising travels, you will have to read the book.  It is well written, with lots of humor and captures the places and situations so well that I felt as if I were there.  You can get lost in this book in the safety of your arm chair and avoid the danger Amanda Jayne got in too.  If you are a real adventure traveler, you can learn to avoid some of the pit falls.  I give this book five stars!

 

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Praise for Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind 

“A fabulous book that makes you smile all the way through; the stories of Amanda’s adventures and her zest for life flows from the pages and makes you on the one hand, wonder how she has survived and the other embrace her energies. A book that you don’t want to put down and leaves you in a happy place.”- Richard Newey, Amazon Review

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Book Review: Snickety Dickety Doo by Danica-Lea Larcombe

2 Jun

George, Fiona and Marni find a tin of bubbles, not just any ordinary bubbles but planets. The planets shrink the children and take them to faraway lands. The children have many exciting adventures and try not to let their secret be discovered.

Available on Amazon

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Marni finds a tin when digging in their yard and when she opens it, she finds little wrapped up balls. But when she and her siblings open them up, they turn out to be bubbles in the form of the planets. These planets are alive and they take the children to faraway lands. All they have to do is say Snickety Dicket Doo! These children are inquisitive and often find themselves in scrapes but the ability to go home whenever they want usually helps to get them out of those scrapes.

Snicket Dickety Doo is a fun book to read and encourages children to use their imagination as well as teaching about different places around the world. The copy I received didn’t have pictures but I’m hoping the final copy does have them because they would add a lot to the text. I also suggest getting the book edited because there are a lot of punctuation errors.

 

About the Author

Danica-Lea Larcombe has a B.Sc (Environmental Health), a grad.dip in Education and has taken courses in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Photography. She currently works full-time as an environmental health officer and lives with her small Maltese X dog near the beach.
Danica’s first travel narrative was self-published and titled ‘Pushing the Boundaries: A Mission to See the World’. It is for sale via Lulu.com and Amazon.com. Over 100 books were sold via bookshops in Perth. Newspaper reviews were very positive.
This second book was also hand written as a travel diary whilst travelling the world for six months, but with quite different countries and experiences than the first. Danica was successfully elected a mentor for six months from the NZ Author Society for this book after the full manuscript was written.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Africa’s Big “Five” Wildlife Animals by Anna Othitis

19 Feb
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Welcome to Angelic Airlines! Are you ready to take to the skies? Children come join us this time on a wild adventure with Captain Frankie on Angelic Airlines as we travel across the world to learn about, visit and see Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to these amazing animals in the savannahs of Africa. Most of these beautiful animals are about to become Extinct. We have to save our Wildlife animals, this earth belongs to them as well. My First Travel Books. This is another one of Anna Othitis’s trip with Captain Frankie. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her travels have taken her a far across the world.

Your Captain Frankie Welcomes You Aboard
Angelic Airlines

 

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 My Review
I love these books! In the past, I read The Seven Wonders of the World and The Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and was impressed with the presentation of information that would normally not keep the interest of youngsters. This one is a little different in that animals seem to keep the attention of children easier, but this is still a great book for teaching about some of Africa’s animals.
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In Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals, Captain Frankie from Angelic Airlines takes the children to see wildlife in Africa. He has a friend on the ground this time to help show them the animals. Each section has a blurb about the animal, then interesting information (did you know that an elephant’s tusks are teeth?), and questions at the end about what they just learned.
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Anna Othitis has done a great job once again with Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals. Not only does it teach children about Africa’s animals, but they’ll enjoy learning and will probably want to read it over and over.
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“This would make a great present to give a child at any time of the year and is sure to give them hours of entertainment and get those minds thinking and asking questions which can lead to further exploration!” – review from Miki’s Hope

“Great for kids and their parents alike. Mine were enthralled! They leafed through this book again and again, marveling over the pictures, poring over the maps.”– review from Amazon



Book Excerpt
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Welcome aboard Angelic Airlines. This is your Captain Frankie, and I will be flying you to Africa’s Wildlife National Parks, the biggest being the Serengeti. We will visit, discover and learn about Africa’s “Big Five” Wild Animals. 


Stow your bags overhead, take your seats and fasten your seat belts for our take off on a smooth flight together on this wondrous journey through Africa’s sunsets and sunrises—such colorful and flaming skies.
Into the plains and wilderness we go! 



It is a lovely sunny day today and I hope you enjoy your flight. 


Make yourselves comfortable, we have lots of healthy drinks and meals for you. 

Oh, and children, do not forget to put on your safari clothes and special safari hats.”

 

My First Travel Books series 
 Book 1: My First Travel Book
 Book 2: The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth
 Book 3: The Seven Wonders of the World
Book 4: Africa’s Big Five Wild Animals
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About the Author
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Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children’s book titled “My First Travel Book”, inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna’s favorite saying is “Be Bold Be Brave”.

She was inspired to write her children’s books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe “The Mighty Victoria Falls” All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.

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Book Review: The Seven Wonders of the World by Anna Othitis

29 Aug

22429174Follow Captain Frankie on his adventures…

Come join the Adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the – SEVEN WONDERS of the WORLD.
Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in
My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s THIRD trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

What a great book for children! The Seven Wonders of the World is the 3rd book in a series called My First Travel Books. I had previously read The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth and I was happy to read and review this book in the series as well. I learned several things from both books, which proves you’re never too old to learn!  In this book, Captain Frankie of Angelic Airlines takes you on a journey to the Seven Wonders of the World.

It starts with a flag for each country that contains a Wonder as well as a map of the world showing the Wonders. For each of the Wonders there is a picture, a page with information about the Wonder, and questions to answer. Every picture in the book has the airplane (flying angel) from Angelic Airlines that Captain Frankie pilots to take you on your trip.

The Seven Wonders of the World is a great book for children to learn about some of the Wonders in our world.

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Check out the other My First Travel Books…

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My First Travel Book (My First Travel Books Volume 1)

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Captain Frankie welcomes you on board.

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to some of the most popular, entertaining, and educational places in the world.

Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Book

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

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The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth (My First Travel Books Volume 2)

22013040Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Natural Wonders of the EARTH.
Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in
My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s second trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon.com      Barnes and Noble

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About the Author

I lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home). We relocated to Wanaque, New Jersey, USA, our new home and where our younger son, Frankie, took up his “American Dream”.

My husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged me to write my first children’s book titled My First Travel Book, which was inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie). Given a wonderful opportunity, he graduated in his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science, and is successful in his career as a professional pilot. My favorite saying is: “Be Bold Be Brave”.

My dream is to be given the opportunity for my book to reach each and every less fortunate child who will have the opportunity to fantasy travels through our book to see our lovely world destinations, and to one day to give back and assist the needy in Africa and beyond, to keep giving care and love to the less fortunate. Whilst in Zimbabwe I was involved with many charitable organizations and groups where my greatest passion and love was with the primitive, simple people of Zimbabwe, Africa and will still continue to reach out to the many beautiful children of the world.

Now living in the USA, after having traveled some short and some long journeys, to get to our final destination, we realize how small this world really is, yet is also so big and so beautiful in each and every corner. Still so much is untouched by humans, which will hopefully remain sacred in many areas. We have to cherish every and all beautiful things that our planet earth has to offer to us.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth by Anna Othitis

29 Jun

 

 


 

Follow Captain Frankie on his adventures…

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s second trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

My Review

What a great book for children! The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth is part of a series called My First Travel Books. In this book, Captain Frankie of Angelic Airlines takes you on a journey to the Seven Natural Wonders.

It starts with a flag for each country that contains a Natural Wonder as well as a map of the world showing the Wonders.

For each of the Wonders there is a picture, a poem about it, a page with information about the Wonder, and questions to answer.

The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth is a great book for children to learn about some of the Wonders in our world.

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“This book is in its simplest form: fun, educational and informative, which plays an important part in connecting our children with our world.  So come on and fly the skies with us on Angelic Airlines to some popular world destinations with your friendly Captain Frankie”

Check out the other My First Travel Books…

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My First Travel Book (My First Travel Books Volume 1

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Captain Frankie welcomes you on board.

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to some of the most popular, entertaining, and educational places in the world.

Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Book

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

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The Seven Wonders of the World (My First Travel Books Volume 3

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Wonders of the World. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s third trip with Captain Frankie and the crew.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

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Book Review: We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

23 Mar

home-paris_03Title: We’ll Always Have Paris

Author: Jennifer Coburn

Genre: Memoir, Travel

Publication Date: August 15, 2014

 

 

Summary

Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories “just in case.”

From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.

 

My Review

I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

We’ll Always Have Paris isn’t my usual genre but I thought I’d give it a try. These are Jennifer Coburn’s memoirs of her travels with her daughter. I admire that even though their home is in need of repairs, she’d rather save the money to take her daughter on trips to show her world while she can. It’s sad that her reason is because she thinks she’ll die young and, hopefully, she’s wrong. Better safe than sorry, though, I guess.

One of the reasons I don’t read about travels very often is because some authors tend to get bogged down in the descriptions of where they’ve been. Jennifer Coburn, however, describes their travels very well but doesn’t overdo it so it kept my interest throughout. She also has a great sense of humor. I found myself laughing a few times, especially when they were in Panama.

I liked the relationship between Jennifer and her daughter. If I had a daughter, I’d want our relationship to be similar to theirs. I also liked the memories of Jennifer’s parents, especially her father. It’s obvious that she loved him and misses him very much. She’s as good at describing relationships as she is at describing Paris.

The narrator of the story was easy to understand. One thing  that threw me off a few times was when I didn’t realize there’d been a change from the present to memories of the past and vice versa. A pause between those changes would have helped a lot.

I definitely recommend We’ll Always Have Paris even if it’s not the type of book you usually read. I’m glad I decided to review this book.

This is a Great Trailer!

 

About the Author

home-portrait_300Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post.

Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

The world is a book

6 Jul

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Unusual Libraries

17 Apr

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The Stuttgart City Library is pure white with sharp angles and a five-story atrium surrounded by stairs and rectangular furniture. The ultra-modern library—designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi—opened in 2011. The design lacks the coziness that some people look for in a library but the stark whiteness of the environment itself puts all the focus on the colorful books lining the shelves.

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The Biblioteca Sandro Penna, a public library named for poet Sandro Penna, features rose-colored glass walls. Architect Italo Rota designed the three-story disc to look like a flying saucer.

See more weird and wonderful libraries here.

A Couple Drinks and a Good Book

5 Apr

Have you ever thought that it would be nice to have a good book to read when you went to a bar? Apparently there are some people who think that it’s a good idea and there a few amazing bars to prove it. Whether you want a drink or not, some of these look like interesting places to check out.

4-5-2013 12-31-52 PMThe Bookstore Bar at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle

4-5-2013 12-29-47 PMHemingway Lounge in Hollywood.

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