▪ “Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth,” By Albert Podell
$26.99; St. Martin’s Press; 353 pages
Outdoor adventurer Albert Podell has written what they used to call a “ripping yarn” about his lifelong quest (successful) of visiting every single country on Earth – yes, even hot spots such as North Korea (2010), Yemen (2014), Liberia (2008), all the fractured Baltic states, and seven countries that no longer exist. He traveled through natural disasters, wars and epidemics and lived to tell.
▪ TASC UV-blocking athletic apparel
Whatever your thoughts on the whole climate-change issue, it’s hard to deny that you need to protection from the sun when you’re outdoors for extended periods. Sunscreen is a given, but what about UV-blocking clothes? And what about said clothes that are made from “certified organic” and “sustainable forested” bamboo from China’s Sichuan Province? Can you get any more climate-correct than that? The apparel from TASC has attributes of other “performance wear” – moisture-wicking, odor-repellent, lightweight. But it’s made with a bamboo blend with UV protection.
▪ “Top 10 luxury safari spots to see zebra”
Writers of this blog admit that zebras might not draw the tourists like the big cats, but they’re still wonderful to watch.
1. The Masai Mara, Kenya
2. The Serengeti, Tanzania
3. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Northern Kenya
4. Samburu National Reserve, Northern Kenya
5. Okavango Delta, Botswana
6. The Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
7. Etosha National Park, Namibia
8. Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
9. Liuwa Plains, Zambia
10. Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
Emily Gibson (@CuriouslyEmily): “Ah, the awesome turquoise harem pants look less good now I’ve swapped my flip-flops for polka dot Nikes. I look ridiculous. #travelfail”
Compiled by Sam McManis, email@example.com