New travel titles

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Emily Mathis

Special to amNewYork

Tired of routine vacations, but unsure of how to broaden your travel horizons? New books by experts such as Arthur Frommer and Rick Steves can advise on traveling abroad with ease and rediscovering the gems at your fingertips.

Travel As A Political Act by Rick Steves, $16.95

Steves, host to more than 100 travel shows over the past thirty years, has released a new book that dares us to look beyond sunbathing and duty-free shopping. From exploring Turkey and Morocco’s secular Islamic culture and getting to know the the Iranian people, Steves offers his own enlightening travel experiences both on and off the beaten path.

Ask Arthur Frommer and Travel Better, Cheaper, Smarter

by Arthur Frommer, $19.99

The man behind the Frommer travel empire offers answers to all your travel questions. The book is organized into 15 categories (including Frommer’s favorite destinations and trips that cater to your mind), and it’s easy to flip through and find what you need. It covers many destinations — from Vegas to China — all modes of transportation and every travel tool available.

The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains by Joanne Michaels, $21.95

Inside our New York City bubble it’s easy to forget that lush forests, country roads and roaming waterways are just a short train, bus or car ride away, in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. With more than 400 dining, lodging, and recreational reviews, more than 100 maps and photos, historical sidebars and regional festivals — this guide is sure to shed new light on the area.

Gourmet Getaways: 50 Top Spots to Cook and Learn by Joe David, $16.95

Self-described foodie Joe David has scoured the country for the best places to learn to cook. Divided into five regional categories — northeast, southeast, southwest, Midwest, and west – the book features everything from culinary schools to country inns. A recipe accompanies each spot, so even if you can’t make it there, you can sample their flavors.

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout $19.95

While many people want to do good on their vacation, navigating the volunteering waters can be overwhelming. Enter author Pam Grout’s book, conveniently indexed and divided into six regional categories (North American & the Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Austrian & around).

Weekend Walks in Brooklyn: 22 Self-Guided Walking Tours from Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island by Robert J. Regalbuto $16.95

If Brooklyn ever were to secede from NYC it would be the fourth-largest city in the country. So, why not explore the outer borough on your next “staycation”? From DUMBO to Park Slope to Williamsburg’s Hasidic area, this book celebrates all that is Brooklyn. Plus, with maps and historical information you can be your very own tour guide.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel: How to Arrive with Your Dignity, Sanity, and Wallet Intact by Scott McCartney, $16.99

McCarney, a licensed private pilate, pens the Journal’s “Middle Seat” column. In the book, he aims to decrease the hassle caused by airport security, baggage fees, and lost luggage, and restore the days when getting there really was half the fun. McCartney provides tips on finding the lowest fares, deciphering whether a deal is really a deal, finding cheap rates at good hotels, bargaining for baggage fees and upgrades and much more.

Tags: travel books , rick steves , arthur frommer

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