The New Year has come and gone and we're marching through January lickity split. I'm sure some of you made a New Year's resolution to see more of this country and the world. After all, life is so short and you never know what tomorrow might bring. Put on your traveling shoes and let's get started.
From the New Book Shelves
Frommer's Hawaii from $80 a Day: The Dollar a Day guides show you how to travel in style without breaking the bank. Hawaii offers dining at unbelievably low prices, from $8 plate lunches to the best all-you-can-eat luaus. There is a complete guide to the fabulous beaches. What to see and do for free (or almost) -- Pearl Harbor, rainforest walks, hula shows, plus the best deals on golf, snorkel gear, sunset cruises and adventure outings. Included is a shoppers' guide to affordable island art, aloha shirts, leis and much, much more.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This guide helps you get the most from your visit to Philadelphia. It provides detailed practical information and expert recommendations. The maps of the city and region are set in their historical and cultural context and the book also describes events through the entire year. The main sightseeing section of the book is devoted to Philadelphia, area by area, which covers all the important sights, with photographs, maps and illustrations. The Dorling Kindersley Travel Guides are among the finest on the market today. Their eye for detail is incredible.
Let's Go -- New Zealand on a Budget: In addition to providing you with the most up-to-date information on where to eat, where to stay, where to go and where not to go, the book tells you how to find the world's cheapest skydive, where to go for world class diving and how to fall 40M in a sack with two of your best friends. Whatever you're craving, it will give you the adrenaline fix you've been looking for. So buckle up and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Fodor's Alaska 2006: Get inside Alaska -- See it all: watch brown bears and their cubs chum on salmon. Check out native crafts and decadent snacks at an Anchorage market. Soak up the midnight sun in the country's northernmost community. Thread your kayak among the seals and hear the resonant whoosh of a whale exhaling. Relish reindeer stew or partake in an authentic salmon bake. All the planning tools you need to tailor your trip are right here in this great travel book. They give options for all budgets. You make the choices.
Cruise Vacations for Dummies -- 2006 Edition: This guide is designed for easy reference. Included are reviews of all the best cruise lines: overviews of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, the Mediterranean and a variety of other destinations. Also included is a quick and easy introduction to everything you're likely to experience when planning and taking a cruise; the attractions, along with telephone numbers are in bold type. Now that you're ready to go, get that Hawaiian shirt out of the closet, put on a Jimmy Buffett CD, fix yourself a margarita and settle down to choose the cruise of your dreams.
Berlitz -- Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships -- 2006: As new ships are launched and cruise lines compete ever more fiercely, passengers can find the choices bewildering. This book gives you in-depth reviews of 269 cruise ships. Top tips on how to get the best value for your money, at-a-glance charts compare the major cruise lines for cabin facilities, food and service. There is expert advice for singles, honeymooners, families, and the physically challenged. Look at great pictures that bring the cruise experience to life. You will find full-color maps of principal cruise destinations. This authoritative book is designed to answer all your questions in detail, whether this is your first cruise or your 50th.
Access -- California Wine Country: The book has been divided and organized into wine districts so you know where you are and where you are headed. The unique color-coded and numbered entries allow you to discover the best: hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping sites, parks and outdoor spaces. The large, easy to read maps with entry numbers keyed to text ensure that you will instantly find what you must not miss. Much of the pleasure of this type trip lies in the planning. Start tasting wines at home and read about those you like, taste and compare -- learn to appreciate the differences. As you swirl, sniff and sip your way through the region, travel at a leisurely pace. And, of course, indulge in the fine wine and gourmet food that have brought worldwide fame to the area.
Frommer's -- Provence and the Riviera: Provence is one of the world's most evocative regions, both the western area known simply as Provence and eastern coastal area known as the Riviera. Both are beautiful, diverse and culturally rich, offering everything from fabulous beaches to amazing art museums, to nightlife, distinctive cuisine that blends the best of the mountains and the sea. As you're heading to the south of France, don't exhaust yourself making difficult decisions -- the authors have searched out the best deals and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for this book. Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer: suggested itineraries -- outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not. Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems. Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.
1. Beauty Shop
2. Agent Cody Banks
3. Superbabies -- Baby Geniuses
4. Coach Carter
5. Racing Stripes
6. Must Love Dogs
7 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. Murder at 1600
3. Tortilla Flat
4. Magnificent Seven