$24.95; National Geographic Books; 287 pages
Say you are vacationing in Lyon, France, and you’re hungry. Sure, there’s a McDonald’s on Place Gabriel Péri, but, really, at least make an effort not to be an ugly American. Flip open this book of local hot spots off the beaten path and find La Meuniere for lunch – and don’t forget to have the apple tart for dessert. That’s just one of the many recommendations to be found in this informative source book. Want to know the best happy hour in Lima, Peru? Well, buy the book.
$12.95; Chronicle Books
If you are the type of traveler who goes where the wind (or whim) carries you, it might be fun to “pick a card, any card” from this deck of 75 card with suggestions not where specifically to travel but unusual things or dares to do no matter where you’re at. For instance, one card commands: “Go to a cafe or a restaurant. Order the third and twelfth things on the menu. Enjoy.” Or this: “Walk down the street in a strange way.” Not for everyone, but we all know a wacky traveler who would be game.
Consider this a public-service announcement, courtesy of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Be careful when you’re cooking in the wilderness, says a thru-hiker named Coyote. Not only is the video (www.pcta.org/2014/dangers-alcohol-stoves-video-17113/) informative, it’s unintentionally hilarious, since all the hikers seem, well, kind of stoned.
Budget Travel appeals to our inner hypochondriac with this list explaining why you get sick after taking a flight:
1. Water: E. coli, a common culprit behind stomach cramps
2. Seat pocket: Cold and influenza A, B, and C viruses
3. Tray table: MRSA
4. Airplane meal: Listeria, a microbe known to cause gastrointestinal illness and meningitis
5. Pillow and blankets: Aspergillus niger, a germ that cause pneumonia and infections
6. Lavatory: E. coli or fecal bacteria