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Travel Writing 101
Some Useful Terms and Their Meanings:
Travel literature: a genre which includes outdoor literature, guide books, nature writing, and travel memoirs. Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms
Travel narratives: "first-hand accounts of observations made while voyaging." Encyclopedia.com
Travel writing: "a form of creative non-fiction in which the narrator's encounters with foreign places serve as the dominant subject." Thoughtco
As any reader knows, any book can be a portal to an exciting new place. But with travel books, the reader has a chance to journey to a real-world place, vicariously experiencing a real person's feelings and impressions along the way. This page includes travel guides, humorous travel stories, heartfelt memoirs, historical accounts, and more. Travel around the world today - without leaving your house!
Disclaimer: our collection holds MANY more travel guidebooks than the sampling listed here. Check our online catalog for a full list!
Adventure Begins at Home!
100 Things to Do in the Quad Cities Before You Die
The Quad Cities -- three hours from both Des Moines and Chicago -- is a unique metropolitan area along the mighty Mississippi River, growing in both size and nationwide reputation. This region of 400,000-plus people has all the friendliness, affordability, and short, headache-free commutes of many small towns, but also a staggering variety and quality of things to do. 100 Things to Do in the Quad Cities Before You Die is an invaluable source to help you track down some of the top places, events, and organizations that make the area pulse and thrive. Take a tour of the creative, intoxicating QC Ale Trail including Bent River and Front Street breweries. Taste some terrifically varied restaurants like Me & Billy, Tantra, and Food Fair Bistro or enjoy live entertainment at the Music Guild or the Adler Theatre. Abounding museums and art galleries like the Figge and Putnam make the QC a genuinely special, entertaining place. Veteran local journalist Jonathan Turner is your knowledgeable, helpful guide to all that is great about the QC and how to make the most of your visit, whether you're here for a busy weekend, or a satisfying lifetime. You'll want to check all 100 things off your list and then come back around the River Bend for more!