Books, Lists, Reviews, Travel

Reading Travel That Thrills

A blast from the past that I hope will also be there in the future (at least, going forward, really). Reviving this from the archives (from Nov 2011), with some (well, a lot, as it turned out) updates and required formatting as well.

Travel Thursday

Today, I am reviewing one travel related book for my Travel Thursday post. Going forward, I plan to post reviews about travel books at least once a month on Thursdays.

[Jan 2022 update: As you can see, I never did that, and hence the strikethrough; but hope I can do it in the future, hence the underlined really at the start of the post!]

Book: Lonely Planet USA’s Best Trips

Book Info

Today’s book is Lonely Planet’s ‘5 of USA’s best trips’ – this was a free Kindle edition and I had it on my Kindle for the past few months and read it last week when I was planning trips for our upcoming holidays in November and December.

January 2022 Update: The book I initially read in 2011 is no longer available. Instead, 5 has become over 50 trips with the latest editions of this book. I picked the 2018 edition to read and update rewrite my review accordingly


Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet’s USA’s Best Trips. Featuring 51 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, you can cruise the cliffs along California’s Big Sur coast or roll alongside Appalachian hills, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

My Thoughts

Updated info about the original book

The initial book (5 of USA’s Best Trips) contained a lot of useful information. The book highlighted five themed road trips covering different themes and different regions in the US. When I started looking for each specific trip by its title below, I actually found articles on the Lonely Planet website for a couple of them. So in effect, the original book is all online (you just click on each link below to read the whole book, as it was over a decade ago!!) Which means, the review thoughts I had then, and that follow the list below, still count!

The trips include the following:

  1. Crooked Road: Heritage Music Trail (Virginia)
  2. Peeps & Harvest Eats (Vermont)
  3. A Moveable Feast (between Minneapolis and Milwaukee)
  4. Alice Waters’ Culinary Tour (California)
  5. Whistle-Stop Brewery Tour (Pacific Northwest)

The themes as you can see are mostly food based. The trips cover between 145 to 500 miles and need between 2 to 10 days to cover. The book also provides best times of the year to make these trips, itineraries, lots of useful tips, sights to see, places to eat at and more. I felt that this was the result of the author having personally taken these trips and talked to the locals to find some of the eateries and sights. This is the kind of information I would give a friend after taking a road trip.

If you want to take a road trip along these routes, then this book is definitely for you providing you the answers for whys/wheres/hows/whats and even whos sometimes along the way. 

Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays is a meme hosted at Reading Between Pages. It is a fun weekly event that anyone can join in. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursdays)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”

This week’s theme is Female Name.

From Commune of Women by Susan Still – I just started reading it and of course, the title being what it is, I was rewarded with Female Names in the first line!  

“The noise as Erika steps out of the cab is deafening. She’s screaming at Amelia,

Still, Suzan (2011-07-19). Commune of Women (p. 7). NBN_Mobi_Kindle. Kindle Edition.

Aug 2020 update: This meme is no longer active as of 2013.

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