Image by Nation Geographic (February 2014)
Classic, historical architecture has the ability to command attention. These buildings create the iconic skylines etched throughout our travels.
In honor of their creators, I would like to re-introduce a few of these historical resources in a mini series. The first stop is Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence Italy. Learn more about innovation, rivalry and ultimately perseverance in NatGeo’s article, Il Duomo (February 2014).
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Think about the ways in which travel shapes our lives?
- It is an escape.
- It requires us to let go while others are at the helm.
- It expands self concept.
- It allows us to experience the exquisiteness and at times, the degradation of the world around us.
In a recent article in Book Riot, the author Jeremy Anderberg, binds these same contextual ideologies of travel with the literary world. Click here to read his full article, Reading as Travel (October 2013.)
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We travel not to escape life,
but for life not to escape us.
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I am not sure if it’s my passion for travel or the trained geographer in me, but, I am drawn to maps. The weathered, even torn, vintage variety seems to have the strongest allure for me.
A new take on an old classic are digital maps. So when I ran across a post by Open Education Database (OEDb), I knew I wanted to pass it on to my readers. This summer, OEDb created a link for “Do-It-Youselfers” to 20 free open source tools and data resources to help non-GIS (Geographic Information Systems) users, create maps. Click here to begin!
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U.S. Travel Association estimated that U.S. residents took 1.6 billion person‑trips for leisure purposes last year. Respondents listed the number one reason for travel was to visit relatives (March 2013.) With the largest travel season approaching, I thought a friendly reminder of what to do (and not to do) would be helpful. RCompass points to an article by Amy Farley, written for Travel + Leisure. Farley includes tips and tricks on how to cope with noisy hotel neighbors, wild taxi drivers, mission impossible plane changes, and more… To add some levity to your pending travel season; click on Farley’s full article , Travel Etiquette Dos and Don’ts (October 2013.)
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Would you be interested in traveling to the Louvre in Paris, France? RCompass’ recommended app Sphere 360 can take you there.
After downloading this free iOS based app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod; you will be able to search locations around the world. Select a site and by holding your device, you can view that specific spot in 360 degrees-simply rotate!
Click here to download this app and begin traveling to some of the worlds most breathtaking locations-virtually.
App demonstrated at the 2013 Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference by LeAnn Suchy.
Some travel to reflect, others to discover, and some are merely running. A wise traveler comprehends the distinction.
If you are investigating new locations, you might be interested in traveling to, check out Britannica online. They offer a free, interactive map on places (country, city, state, and/or providence) around the world. This resource provides the basic demographic information, including the flag, land area, people, etc., that you might find of interest.
Simply click to begin your search.
Tip: If you have a child, that is still in school, this might be the perfect start to his/her research paper.
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Wikipedia is adding “Wikivoyage” to their long list of free services. Following the traditional platform input is gathered from the audience which means it can be edited by all. I think of it as a public travel blog. Check out what another fellow blogger Jon Mitchell has said about this Wikivoyage in a recent post.