Just because it's Lonely Planet doesn't make it a ho-hum guide book. Awe-inspiring Code Green is chocked full of stunning images and advice for "green" travelers - whether budget backpacker or luxe jet-setter. From Ethiopia's mountains to Greenland's icecaps, you'll find one invigorating escape after another. Printed on recycled paper with soy inks, this book is one destined for every conscious traveler's shelf. ($20) Find ithere.
Delightfully amusing, Use This Book is a spiral-bound tool offering quick advice and handy help for practically any situation. For the traveler, the perforated time zone map, foreign language phrase guide, pictogram tear-out, and European road sign chart prove especially useful. But wait - there's more... a cut-out, fold-up drinking cup, luggage tags and DIY generic post-cards. Guaranteed to keep you occu-pied on long flights. ($17) Find ithere.
THE PACKING BOOK
A must-read for classic over packers, this guide highlights the do's and don'ts of packing for a weekend or a week away. Tips, tricks and tons of handy advice fill the pages, along with checklists, color coding suggestions and resources for every travel necess-ity under the sun. In its fourth edition, The Packing Book has never been more convenient. ($13) Find ithere.
Six months and a Land Rover are all that Christoph Bangert needed to drive the Americas. Starting his journey in Germany and ending in Brooklyn, Bangert chronicles his 22,000 mile trek with up-close and often grainy, revealing images that remind travelers they are never more than visitors in a world filled with both shocking beauty and poverty. ($35) Find ithere.
BOOMER ON THE GO
Meg Noble Peterson's 408-page memoir, Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? provides a fiesty look at life as a near-60 divorcee sets off on an eight-month journey that spans four continents. Carrying only a backpack, camera and plenty of untouched journals, Peterson explores the world, leaving readers touched and empowered by her trek far from the beaten path. ($27) Find ithere.