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Gracie's new to this seaside town, but she's making friends quickly. There's Mikey the Mod who wears a parka and drives a scooter, Miss Melluish whose skirt is missing, and Frank Stuart, the builder of elephants. Will Gracie and the residents be able to save their home, or is the curtain set to fall on their very last performance? Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1.

Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story! The glittering Nutcracker fairytale is retold by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean in this magical novelty book. A beautiful retelling of the story of Marie, who is given a special nutcracker doll for Christmas. Turn the pages and watch as each enchanting scene springs to life in this lavishly illustrated Christmas gift book. Pittipat knows that the moon is a saucer of cream and his brothers and sisters mean to drink it all up.

So the brave little cat sets off to find them, sailing over giant waves and climbing the starry sky until he is face-to-face with the big dark night! Enter a magical world in this beautiful story by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean. Mum always liked to buy Neil clothes big enough for him to 'grow into'. And his new cricket jumper makes him look like a lamb in sheep's clothing! But Mum goes too far when she buys a new wardrobe and that, too, is far too big.

It won't fit in the front door, it won't go through the downstairs windows. And, when Mum and Dad finally work out how to get it in the house, Neil - and his too-big cricket jumper - cause a very surprising outcome: one that Neil likes very much indeed. Twelve Dancing Princesses is a German rags-to-riches folk tale.

There is something strange happening at the palace, where the King's twelve daughters are wearing through their slippers every night. Will the hero be able to get to the bottom of the mystery? This engaging story written by Geraldine McCaughrean and beautifully illustrated by Bee Willey will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale.

There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently.

These are the stories our ancestors told to explain how the world began; or they are the legends of half-remembered heroes and people whose lives were changed by magic. Brilliantly retold in the sparkling and inspirational words of the multiple award-winning and much-loved children's author, Geraldine McCaughrean, the tales will delight and entertain readers of all ages. And, when Mum and Dad finally work out how to get it in the house, Neil - and his too-big cricket jumper - cause a very surprising outcome: one that Neil likes very much indeed!

Ever since the magnificent Miss Loucien gave up teaching to join the Bright Lights Theater Company, school days have lacked a certain. But when a diphtheria outbreak interrupts the dull routine, Cissy and Kookie are evacuated to the doubtful safety of the Bright Lights' summer homea shipwrecked paddle steamer on the flooded Missouri River. Thus begins a wild and unpredictable journey downstream serving up grand performances, aggrieved river gamblers, irate lawmen, and perilous races.

And when at long last Cissy steps into the limelight, the stakes are higher than she ever imagined. Renowned storyteller Geraldine McCaughrean weaves a rip-roaring adventure in this funny tale that's chock-full of humor and heart. There isn't much drama in Olive Town. The highlights of Cissy Sissney's days are the letters from her old schoolteacher, Miss Loucien, describing her adventures on board an old showboat with the Bright Lights Theatre Company. If only life were full of such adventure for Cissy, too. The ramshackle crew on board the Sunshine Queen sail along the shoals and shimmer of the Numchuck River, performing plays for the towns scattered along the shore.

But sometimes, on the treacherous Missouri River, danger levels rise too high even for the resourceful Bright Lights. Then only the bravest, and grandest, in the land can hope to keep the final curtain from falling. The award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean, captures the spirit of adventure and the power of imagination in this rip-roaring read.

Pepper's fourteenth birthday is a momentous one. It's the day he's supposed to die. Everyone seems resigned to iteven Pepper, although he would much prefer to live. But can you sidestep Fate? Jump sideways into a different life? Nave and trusting, Pepper sets a course through dangerous waters, inviting disaster and mayhem at every turn, one eye on the sky for fear of angels, one on the magnificent possibilities of being alive.

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New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean has created a gripping tale filled with dark humor and daring escapades, where the key to a boy's life lies in facing his own death. Join him on the runif you can keep up. When Pepper Roux was born his aunt foretold that he would not live past 14 years of age. Throughout his childhood his parents haven't bothered with him much, knowing that his life would be short-lived. So when Pepper wakes up on his 14th birthday he knows this will be the day that he'll die.

But as the day wears on, and Pepper finds himself still alive, he decides to set off to sea in an attempt to try and avoid death for as long as possible.

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As time goes on Pepper steps into many roles and personas and has numerous outrageous adventures. But can he stay one step ahead of death? Or will fate catch up with him? And, if he does live, which of his many lives will he choose to adopt? This riot of a story is a wonderful adventure, and Pepper is an unforgettable character who stays with you long after his story has been told. The Shepherd family have set off on their usual summer holiday under a cloud of gloom at the predictability of it all.

To their dismay they find themselves at a place where Christmas comes every day of the year, complete with turkey and Santa Claus. And they discover it's even stranger than that, with the girl in the elf costume, the mysterious Mr Angel and the police seeking a fugitive. Stranded in this bizarre environment, unusual friendships develop and the relationships that have been so set in their ways are turned upside down. Full of comic moments, tension and drama, this is a highly satisfying read. Neverland is calling again Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out-strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of war paint and crocodiles.

For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal-Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams Specially commissioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children as the winner of their competition to write the official sequel to J. This new version brings the adventure to new life with full colour illustrations throughout by David Wyatt, and a new version of the text by Geraldine McCaughrean, to make the story accessible to younger readers.

A beautiful book to share and to treasure. This is a new historical novel from the author of the worldwide hit Peter Pan in Scarlet. Rusti is a Tartar, travelling and pillaging with the legendary Horde of Tamburlaine, Conqueror of the World. He dreams of honour and riches, and is proud to capture his first prisoners - an elephant and her keeper.

Yet amidst the death and destruction, an unlikely friendship takes hold in this breathtaking tale. This is Geraldine's first novel to follow the worldwide mega success of Peter Pan in Scarlet. Three spooky tales from three peerless storytellers, perfect for telling around the fire on a dark, windy night. Read of Flynn, who battled with three skeletons; of Tom, who saw something so weird in the moonlight that it changed his life for ever; and of the terrifying thirteen crows who brought death wherever they went Curriculum links: Music: Stars, hide your fires - Performing together.

Part of the Literacy World series that provides support to deliver shared reading and writing, guided reading, ICT and speaking and listening at Key Stage 2 and Junior level. Cyrano de Bergerac is a flamboyant character and a skilled swordsman, not in the least afraid of drawing attention to himself in public - for he can be highly amusing, even at his own expense, with jokes about his enormous nose. But he has a weakness: he has fallen in love with his beautiful cousin Roxane, and because of his own appearance is too ashamed to declare his love.

Meanwhile Roxane is besotted with a handsome, but foolish young man, Christian, in the same company of guards as Cyrano. Cyrano is devastated by this, and horrified by her request that he should protect the young man and encourage him to write her love letters. Writing letters is something Christian can't do - but Cyrano generously offers to help, even if it means breaking his own heart. Soon Cyrano pours out his feelings in the most romantic letters ever. The question is will Roxane discover the truth? And if she does will it be too late for Cyrano? It's and for Cissy and her family, a new life beckons on the prairies of Oklahoma and they and their fellow settlers prepare for steady business alongside the Red Rock Railroad track.

But when they refuse to sell their land to the railroad company, the boss swears that his trains will never stop in Florence again. How will they ever make a living now? Cissy and her friends, family and neighbours vow that they will make the train stop - by whatever means are necessary, no matter how dangerous that may prove to be.

Dreams are leaking out - strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of war paint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal - Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams.

Inez and her brother are amazed to find a huge hole being dug right outside the front door of their father's shop. Then suddenly more holes appear all over the main street and before long the cars can't use the road and everyone has to walk around balancing on planks of wood. It can only be a matter of time before the foundations give way and the whole town collapses.

People are travelling from all over the country - the word on everyone's lips is GOLD. A fast-paced tale of a South American gold rush, told with all Geraldine McCaughrean's usual skill and verve. Nathan loves pirates - his days are spent dreaming about them and wondering what it would be like to be one. Anything to brighten up his grey and dreary existence. So when Tamo White, the son of a real-life pirate, suggests that Nathan go home with him to Madagascar, it is too good a chance to miss.

There's just one problem Nathan's sister, Maud. He can't leave her behind but will she really be able to survive in a strange land full of pirates? You never know - perhaps she'll adapt better than Nathan, or even she herself, could ever have imagined Plundering Paradise will whisk you away to a distant land and fill your senses with amazing sights, sounds and beautiful colours. You will feel as though you've really visited Madagascar and have lived among the pirates and the islanders.

It could be that the circus master is leading him into even greater danger. This outstanding story is like nothing else you've ever read - packed with action, adventure and emotion. This is Geraldine's first novel after the worldwide mega success of Peter Pan in Scarlet. What makes a hero different from ordinary men? Are courage and strength enough, or is there something more that's needed for battle, whether against a fearful monster or the wrath of the gods themselves?

Here are the stories of four heroes, Perseus, Hercules, Theseus, and Odysseus, who follow the path of glory in their many unforgettable adventures. Geraldine McCaughrean is a master storyteller and she excels in combining nail-biting plots with a powerful portrayal of the main characters in all their complexity, their matchless strength and wit tempered by human weakness.

The result is a collection of deeply satisfying and mesmerizing stories that will be an excellent addition to any bookshelf. King Canute, Lady Godiva, Guy Fawkes, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Grace Darling and other famous names live again in these tragic, comic, stirring tales of adventure, folly and wickedness. Spanning nearly three thousand years, and including stories as up-to-date as Live Aid, the Braer Oil Tanker disaster and the Hadron Collider, each story includes a note on what really happened.

Taking her inspiration from the medieval tradition of carving Jesse Trees - a method used to explain the genealogy of Jesus - McCaughrean uses all her skill as a storyteller to weave together evocative retellings of Bible stories with a contemporary tale about the creation of a modern-day Jesse Tree and the transforming power of friendship and love.

Journey back to Neverland in the first-ever authorized sequel to J. Barrie's timeless masterpiece, Peter Pan The Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, who own the copyright to the movie Peter Pan, marked that work's centenary by authorizing the creation of a new novel that would share the same characters as the original, and bring as much pleasure to children and adults around the world as Peter Pan has done.

The result of a worldwide search to find just the right author for this special sequel is this - Peter Pan in Scarlet by the renowned and multi-award winning Geraldine McCaughrean. Set in the s when the devastating effects of World War I are still resonating throughout the world, Peter Pan in Scarlet sets listeners on an unforgettable journey fraught with danger.

All is not well. Dreams - nightmares - are leaking out of Neverland as it chafes against the Here and Now, wearing holes in the fabric in between. Somehow Time is moving on where Time was never meant to. Fearing for Peter Pan's life, Wendy and the Lost Boys find their way back to Neverland - with the help of the fairy, Fireflyer - only to discover adventure waiting in ambush and their worst nightmare coming true in the most unexpected of ways!

The Special Trustees own the copyright and other intellectual property rights to Peter Pan, and to mark the work's centenary, they authorized the creation of a new work that would share the same enchanting characters as the original, and bring as much pleasure to children and adults universally as Peter Pan has done. Fighting off fierce competition from over other writers, Geraldine McCaughrean has been commissioned to write this official sequel.

In her entry, the judges found something that captured the elusive spirit of the original whilst offering a fresh and astounding creative response. Like Barrie's story, it will appeal to readers the world over. Based on the Lilliput adventure from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels , the story centres on Fig, a Lilliputian girl, who befriends and defends the giant, Gulliver.

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It's an adventure that will lead Fig and her giant to stride the seas, capture an enemy fleet, and win a war. And it's an adventure in which Fig will make the most amazing friend - a friend who will open up whole new world for her, on a scale she could never have imagined. Geraldine's vivid, evocative language is perfectly matched by newcomer Jago's luminously coloured illustrations, which feature dramatic perspectives and intricate detail.

An exciting and invigorating new take on this most famous of stories. Captain Titus Oates, hero of the Antarctic, has been dead for nearly a century. But not in Sym's head. In there, he is her constant companion, her soul mate, her adviser. It is as if he walked out of the Polar blizzard and into her mind. In fact, if it were not for Titus, life might be as bleak a place as the Antarctic wilderness.

When she is taken on a mystery expedition by her eccentric uncle Victor, Sym can't believe her luck. Destination Antarctica-the very place she's always wanted to visit. But Victor has other plans, more sinister than Sym could possibly imagine. Stranded in the most isolated part of the world with her trust in someone she comes to realize is a madman, she must find a way to avoid a gruesome fate.

But what should a teenage girl do? Could it be that Titus, the one who perished in that very place, will be the means of her survival? They called him Gou Tian, Sky Hook, the boy who flies. Then the Jade Circus offered him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout Kublai Khan's empire. But can he escape so easily and can he avoid even greater danger? When Shane is asked to follow the mystery trilling sound coming from the school corridor, he hopes that he can keep the phone that's making it.

Shane has always wanted a mobile phone, but the last thing he expects is one that talks back! Mo is on the run from an alien planet and when Shane offers to mind her while she's on Earth he gets more than he'd bargained for. Mo is demanding, orders him about and won't keep quiet - if only she had an off switch! She does have one useful talent though - Mo can tell the future Retold by renowned children's writer, Geraldine McCaughrean, here are all the best-loved fairy tales and more.

As ever, Geraldine's writing style is original and dramatic, and she weaves magic into her world of knights, witches, frogs, and princesses. Sophy Williams' delicate and atmospheric colour illustrations throughout the collection complement the text beautifully to make this a perfect gift. Captain Oates, hero of the Antarctic, has been dead for nearly a century. But, not in Sym's head. We are trained in a wide range of techniques which we can combine to give the best bespoke treatment plan for you. You want to nip this in the bud before it gets in the way of your life.


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Wendy even used acupuncture to help me heal. I used to suffer with backache and neck and shoulder ache on a daily basis and was very conscious of my poor posture. I would often get pins and needles in my shoulders - probably caused by sitting at a desk all day. I would also suffer from lower backache every morning after getting up.

Prior to coming for treatment, I had properly 'put my back out' a few times. On each occasion I was practically bed-bound for up to 5 days! Experiential travel specialist, PELORUS, creates a custom week-long itinerary and connects you with an expert surf partner who will take you to the most secret and secluded spots to implement an intense personalized coaching program. You will also experience a helicopter flight to Udawalawe National Park, home to over elephants; a dinner within the grand fort walls in Galle, taking part in turtle conservation and tracking blue whales on a speed boat from Mirissa.

This itinerary is aimed at intermediate to advanced surfers. They are connected by bridges and ferries. You will pass through now sleepy villages still bearing the scars of the civil war. I spent weeks in Jaffna and never saw another Western tourist at all. Ellis is a cultural anthropologist and travel blogger from the Netherlands who has visited over 50 countries in the last 20 years.

The ruins continue even in the middle of the current town. Because of the distances between the ancient statues and temples they are best explored on a bicycle. The main section lies in the forest where it is easy to spot monkeys, deers and squirrels as well. The place is full of ruins and some of the statues are very impressive.

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More statues can be found in the village itself where you will have a change of scenery. Therefore it is among the top things to do in Sri Lanka. Not your average booking site, Hostelgeeks is an independent travel brand awarding 5 Star Hostels. My best experience off the beaten path was diving with huge turtles near Nilaveli and Trincomalee.

We saw many very big turtles, corrals and more. Amazing experience. From the stunning waters to the sun-soaked smiles of its people, it captivates its adventurer. My most memorable experience was taking the train through the Kaudulla National Park. I hung on to the open doorway as I watched this enriched countryside pass around me. I was also lucky enough to visit the Temple of Tooth, with its gilded walls and ornate frescos. It situated in the center of Kandy next to a lake and houses a sacred tooth relic. There something so peaceful with wandering through the halls and watching men and woman silently praying to their god.

An iron barred counter secures the server safely from the patron at this local boozer, to which workers flock in the late afternoon when the day is done. It took two hours of riding scooters down random, unmarked roads to unearth its location but the crisp cold refreshment of that first sip, shared with good local people, made the adventure all the worthwhile! Oh, Max. I, too, can relate to the pleasure of that first sip of an ice cold Lion Beer after an arduous search in the Sri Lankan sun.

It really is a treat. Ceylon Express International is a tour company that specializes in the Asia-Pacific region and Sri Lanka in particular. My favorite place to visit is Sigiriya Rock Fortress, to view the sunset! Sigiriya dates back to the 5th Century AD and it is a foot monolith. It was the vision of a patricidal king name Kasyapa who built his palace on the top of the rock so he could observe advancing enemies. I start the climb in the late afternoon, to view the frescoes of celestial maidens which are located about half way up. These frescoes are similar to the paintings found in the Ajanta caves in India.

The colors are still vibrant as natural vegetable paint was used to create these ethereal figures. Then proceed to climb the many steps to the summit accompanied by the curious monkeys that inhabit the rock fortress. Do not engage the monkeys as they are fierce and bold. Reach the top in time for the sunset that comes up like a ball of fire over the horizon and observe the setting sun as it fades away leaving a glow of orange in the sky…………… An experience of a life time! Who knew that this would have such a great influence on the local culture and contribute considerably to the local economy, turning this little island to one of the biggest tea producers and exporters in the world.

Rows and Rows of leafy bushes and endless hues of greens. We also gained a new appreciation for the hard work that is involved in producing one little tea bag. Need some more gorgeous photo inspiration? Kindle and Kompass is a travel and literary blog with a heavy emphasis on Asian travel. Yala is the go-to place for Leopard spotting. The national park is divided in 5 zones and zone 1 is populated with around 25 leopards. However, it is now recovered and fully functional with tourists activities round the year. Apart from leopards, deer and elephants, herons, pelicans, ibises and vultures make up the living creatures in the park.

Book your safari through trusted operators. Most of the resorts offer Safari tours. A 4-wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance is a must for entering the national park. Entrance tickets are to be purchased at the counter and the earlier you reach the park, the earlier you enter. Advisable time to reach the park is 5 in the morning.

Visitors are not permitted to walk. However, a few sections of the Yala national park beach are safe to explore by walk. Carry your packed breakfast as the safari will extend from hours and carry ample amount of water to keep yourself hydrated. Get your binoculars and those zoom lenses to capture the once-in-a lifetime moment.

The best seasons to visit are from February- August. June-August are the dry months and more chances to spot the elusive beast. Check out their guide for planning your trip to Sri Lanka here! My own Sri Lanka travel tips could fill an entire guidebook, but if you read nothing else, keep these top tips in mind:. Over half of them are completely free! Looking for luxury without breaking the bank? Do you know why you need to bring rubbing alcohol, dryer sheets, and safety pins to Sri Lanka?

You can extend your Sri Lanka tourist visa up to 90 days, but there are a few hoops to jump through. Check out my step-by-step guide here to make it smooth sailing. Read up on my list of what NOT to do in Sri Lanka before you go so you can have an amazing trip without horrifying the locals. Do you have your own Sri Lanka travel tips to share? Let me know in the comments!

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You might have noticed that there are about a billion guides out there already, so why did I feel the need to add another one? Well, as much as I love flamingo-print passport covers and scratch-off world map posters , I also feel like the best gift for a frequent traveler is one that will actually help them travel more and make the most of their trips. Cover Photo credit: Background photo created by freepik — www.

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Most people who love to travel would travel even more if their budget allowed, right? With that in mind, I think some of the best and most practical gifts for travelers are those that help them get on the way to their next trip. CheapOair Gift Card — most of the time, the flight is the most expensive part of the trip. A gift card to go toward booking their airfare is sure to be appreciated by your favorite frequent flyer. Frequent flyer miles — If you know your recipient earns points on a particular airline, a gift of frequent flyer miles would be a godsend for helping them book or upgrade their next flight.

I love Hotels. Airbnb gift cards — Some people prefer Airbnb to hotels, so an Airbnb gift card might be an even better option. Eurail Pass , Amtrak gift card , or Viarail gift card — If you know your recipient is planning to get around Europe, the US, or Canada by train, a pass or gift card is a great way to help them with their trip. Go on, ask me how I know. I use Bank of America and they let you order foreign currency online.

Solid toiletries, shampoo bars, etc. Travel towel — I travel light, but I always make sure I have my travel towel with me. This will come in especially handy if your traveler enjoys camping, staying in hostels, or any other type of travel where you might need your own towel. Universal adapter — Indispensable for anyone who travels outside of their home country!

I have amassed kind of a large collection of universal adapters over the years, so I can attest that a traveler can never have too many of these. Packing cubes — I never travel without packing cubes anymore. Kindle — It took me a long time to embrace traveling with a Kindle — I like holding a physical book, okay? But once I did, I had to admit that it was a lot more convenient. Pre-trip spa day — Getting ready for a long-awaited trip can be extremely stressful.

You have to do laundry, pack, clean the house, board the pets, hold the mail… no wonder you need a vacation. A spa day your favorite globetrotter can use before their trip would be a very welcome way to get them relaxed and in vacation mode. Consider signing them up for a course before their trip. Many boarding facilities now offer gift certificates so you can help make this part of travel more affordable for your animal-loving adventurer. Find out where your traveler usually boards their animals and give them a call to see if they offer gift certificates.

Pay for their airport parking — Do they prefer to drive themselves to the airport? Airport parking can be expensive. Consider a gift card or airport parking Groupon to relieve the burden of this part of their trip. Priority Pass for Airport Lounge Access — If your recipient is a budget traveler who only dreams about relaxing in the first class lounge while waiting for their flight, you can make their dreams come true with a Priority Pass and let them feel like a traveling rock star.

Audible Gift Subscription — I love listening to audiobooks on flights. On a plane I can just zone out for a while and enjoy the story. Give your frequent flyer the gift of entertainment to make their flight go by that much faster. An iTunes gift card for your favorite iPhone-owning traveler is a great way to give them entertainment for their trip. Spotify Premium gift card — Give the gift of unlimited music and podcasts no matter what type of phone they have. Noise canceling headphones are a godsend for anyone flying anywhere. Inflight Wi-Fi — Know they hate being disconnected even for a few hours?

Before I went to Asia for four months, I spent some time going through the Amazon Prime video offerings and adding a bunch of movies to my watch list- only to find out they were all blocked once I got there. This is an especially fun gift to give to anyone you know is traveling on a tight budget because they may not splurge on an organized tour or fancy meal for themselves.

Check my Groupon deals post for a ton of really low cost experiences that any traveler would be thrilled to receive. Things you could add to their upcoming trip: a cooking class , Airbnb Experiences , Xperience Days outings, Viator day tours , wine tastings, distillery tours. In most cases you can give the tours as gift certificates so the recipient can choose the day and time that works best for their schedule. Flytographer gift card — Does your favorite traveler usually adventure solo and bemoan how awful it is to try to get photos of themselves at their destination?

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Or maybe they travel as a couple or family but want to make sure everyone is in the most iconic shots. This is a fantastic gift for anyone traveling for a special occasion and I consider Tuesday to be a special occasion, so I use that pretty liberally. Anniversary trips, proposals, honeymoons, major bucket list checking-off, graduation trips- anywhere they want to load up their Instagram feed without the help of random passersby or a selfie stick.

Tons of places offer behind the scenes experiences, from amusement parks to zoos to museums. Louis Zoo. Perfect for frequent travelers who want more than the hotel gym. Portable power banks — A good friend gave me one of these before a trip and it was such a game changer. Well, I do- I just had a dead phone a lot when I was out exploring and taking pictures all day. These give admission to a large number of museums and attractions in a specific city and can really be a big money saver, not to mention give them access to places they might have skipped if they were traveling on a budget.

Many places like London will allow you to order a subway card online ahead of time, which will allow your favorite traveler to get off the plane and then head out on their adventure without having to line up at the ticket machines and try to figure out which card they need. Amazon Prime for photo storage on the go plus streaming music, movies, and TV — Did you think Amazon Prime was just for shipping? Not to mention the benefit of streaming music, movies, and TV for entertainment on the road. Give them a way to display those little paper memories so they might actually look at them again.

Sending messages, uploading photos, navigating with online maps- the uses for wifi on the road are limitless. Let Tep know their travel dates and their Teppy will be delivered to their home a few days before departure and will include a postage paid envelope for them to send it back after they return. For cruisers: give shipboard credit or a cruise line gift certificate, or prepay the gratuities on their upcoming cruise. For hostel travelers: give a gift card to a hostel chain like Hostelling Scotland or a silk travel sheet.

For someone looking to travel long term or be a digital nomad: give a TrustedHousesitters membership to help them find free long-term and sometimes very luxurious! Warning: Viewing of inspirational travel quotes while at work may lead to excessive bouts of wanderlust, a nagging desire to head to the airport with nothing but your passport and a toothbrush, and a stronger than normal desire to tell your boss to take this job and shove it. If you need a nudge in that direction, or just some motivation to start planning your summer vacation, read through this list of my personal favorite inspirational travel quotes.

Want even more inspiration? Check out these travel stories that will renew your faith in humanity. One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. Or she does. I know I certainly do. When you travel with other people, you tend to insulate yourselves together and focus on each other more than the world and the people around you.

I would have gone with you! You should try it sometime. I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone. When solo travel is in your blood, I think you just experience a much deeper connection with a place when you visit it by yourself. As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. I love to see a young girl go out and grab life by the lapels. Or just life quotes, for that matter.

How much of your life will be lost forever by the time you decide to start living it? Is it weird to put your own entries in a roundup of inspirational travel quotes? Meanwhile, they spend the equivalent of a round trip plane ticket every month on streaming television services.

Do you want to live your life or sit on your couch and stare at a screen while watching other people live? In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Some people might not consider this a travel quote at all, but it is to me. Another lifetime ago I was a teenage runaway, trying to survive while working the night shift at a Books-a-Million and living in my car. The magnet disappeared in a move at some point, but I kept the message. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia was my first childhood hero- I imagined some pretty elaborate adventure scenarios while I was filling my bedroom with model planes and daydreaming about becoming a pilot.

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The pilot thing never happened, but I still get to spend plenty of time in the air. Once I booked that first flight, I was determined to fight through my anxieties and make it happen. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And that step is usually a lot less obvious than you think. What single step could you be taking today to get you that much closer to your dream life? Wandering is my favorite pastime. Wandering through foreign cities especially. Is there anything more delightful than wandering around a neighborhood where everything is new and unfamiliar and exciting, especially early in the morning when the light is all soft and the world is waking up and everything is magical?

No, there is not. Spend more time wandering. The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. One of my favorite things about travel is that no matter how diligently some might say obsessively I research the destination and plan out my itinerary, there will always be something that takes me by surprise and ends up being one of the highlights of the trip.

In Athens, it was looking up at the floodlit Acropolis from Mars Hill when the clock struck midnight on my birthday and every church bell in the city started to chime in the darkness. In Cuba, it was swimming under a waterfall to float in a cave full of bats like some kind of mermaid Indiana Jones.

In Myanmar, it was meeting an elderly monk so desperate for news from the outside world that he persuaded me to sit and talk with him for hours and then took me on a wild adventure through the city that ended with us being followed by government spies and then scandalizing the locals by fleeing in a taxi together.

Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. The best education I have ever received was through travel. For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. I hated flying for years- not because I was afraid, but because I got horrible motion sickness on every single flight.

But even then, when I was stuck at home between travels, I would find myself drawn to passing airplanes, giving them the same look my dog gives my car when I have to go somewhere without here. There is at least one entry on my bucket list from every single country in the world. As a small child I taped pictures of the Eiffel Tower to my bedroom wall until I was old enough to buy a large framed poster print of it to replace them.

My first ever trip out of the country was to France, and it was everything I ever dreamed of, and then some. It has become super hip to hate on Paris in the last few years- the French are rude, Paris sucks, yada yada. Heck off with that negativity here- Paris will always be magical to me. The ability to adapt is more important than the ability to plan.

Sometimes my luggage randomly goes to Nairobi without me, an angry mama hippo charges my boat while sailing down the Nile, or I show up to a hotel in a tiny Greek village that actually closed a year before they accepted my reservation. If you want to travel the world, you have to be prepared for the most ridiculous problems to arise at the most inopportune times.

See the world. Right, remember what I said about deciding whether you want to live your life or sit around watching other people live theirs on TV? I know you get the National Geographic channel, but I promise you, nothing compares to seeing and smelling and hearing and feeling and experiencing the real thing. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Climb that goddamn mountain.

I would spend exactly zero money and zero time on television, recreational shopping, fast food, getting married, and paying retail for anything. I would pour every single penny I could into traveling the world from the youngest age possible and I would figure out how to make money without a soul-destroying corporate job at the youngest age possible, and I would start climbing the goddamn mountains at least a decade earlier than I did. Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul. And between the two, which is more important to you? Is that the one you spend the most time and energy on?

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. Extensive travel has a way of making you outgrow things- relationships, viewpoints, prejudices- the way nothing else does. I might want this put on my headstone one day. I grew up in a very poor, very unambitious family. When small baby Leslie told her family how she was going to travel the world one day, she was met with scorn and derision.

Even anger. Ambition was for rich people. My wanting a life full of adventure and excitement and new experiences was seen as a betrayal. In their eyes, I should graduate high school, get a dead end job next to my mother and follow in her footsteps, slaving away in misery every day and going home to complain about my life every night while numbing the pain with one addiction after another. Growing up, everyone I knew was living the same year 75 times and calling it a life.

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Day in and day out, they watched the same reruns on TV, ate the same five dinners every week, had the same arguments, made the same mundane comments about the same awful weather, wore the same clothes, and plodded along in comfortable misery. I knew from early childhood that I wanted something different. Last year at this time, I was traveling across the country in a luxury RV, staying at a gorgeous resort in the Arizona desert where wild horses roamed around outside every morning at sunrise. Two years ago today I was in Nashville, listening to live music and drinking moonshine with my dog, my best adventure buddy, asleep at my feet.

Four years ago I was in New Orleans. Five years ago, doing a 20 mile hike in Florida on a perfect spring day. Six years ago, watching the sun rise from the front of my beach house every morning. Ten years ago, flying in a hot air balloon over thousands of Burmese temples.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Or, you know, more than once a year. Maybe just sell everything you own and hit the road and go new places constantly. Whatever works for you. I like to travel to fairly exotic places. My first ever solo trip was to Myanmar when Aung San Suu Kyi was still under house arrest and the US State Department was warning American citizens not to travel there because of the political situation.

It was the most magical, life-changing trip imaginable and I came home with such a deep appreciation for the country and its people and culture. And Rwanda. And Singapore. And Cuba. And Indonesia. And Greece. Pessimists never accomplish anything. Ignore those people, practice common sense safety habits, and go see for yourself. Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient.

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. If you spend any amount of time on Instagram, you might think that everyone who quits their job to travel the world is a 22 year old goddess with a large collection of floppy hats.

Who cares how old you are? If you want to do a thing, go do it. I might be 80 by the time I finish checking the next things off my bucket list, but so what? Getting up at the crack of dawn every day, putting on a suit- and pantyhose, too, what a nightmare- and going to a job where people treated me like shit all the time and I was expected to work limitless hours of unpaid overtime when I knew I should be trekking through the jungle and learning how to order a beer in Swahili? Absolutely exhausting. Like, the kind of exhausting you feel down in your bones.

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. Cuba is not a desolate communist shithole. The roads in Rwanda are better than many places in the US. Yes, he gets his own section. As a foul-mouthed traveling foodie myself, Anthony was god-like to me. But all jokes aside, his death hit me like a ton of bricks and it still hurts to think about. It hurts a lot. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.

Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life- and travel- leaves marks on you. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook, learn from them- wherever you go. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. The journey changes you; it should change you. Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

So there you go- my personal favorite list of inspirational travel quotes. Do you have a serious case of wanderlust yet? I know, me too. I have a hunch that most people would say yes.