Even though COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted in Victoria, it is looking like having the freedom to travel, particularly internationally, unfortunately won’t be happening for a long time. But if you have a thirst for adventure, a strong feeling of wanderlust or are daydreaming about your next trip for some fun in the sun, never fear, you can sate your appetite for travel and adventure all from the comfort and safety of your armchair through the many resources that YPRL can provide for you!
RB Digital has many travel magazines that could help curb your wanderlust, such as Travel and Leisure, Lonely Planet Traveler and National Geographic Traveler. For the travelling foodies there is also the popular Gourmet Traveller, as well as the Spanish magazine Cocina Diez in case you want to brush up on your Spanish and learn to cook some traditional Spanish fare! Are you wanting to plan a holiday on a budget? Try Backpacker magazine. Dreaming of exploring our vast home country on the road? Caravan World has some tips for you to get out there and see Australia. Well, when it is safe for you to do so!
The Overdrive and BorrowBox platforms also provide many ebooks and e-audiobooks dedicated to the travel genre which can help you in your daydreaming or planning a future holiday. There are many travel guides, such as Lonely Planet, as well as travel memoirs, travel history books and even eating guides and cookbooks. Both platforms have apps which can be downloaded to your device of choice, so you can read and plan your next holiday from the comfort of your armchair, your bed or your sofa. If you are more of watcher than a reader, Kanopy and Beamafilm have a large collection of travel documentaries and movies in their databases so you can visually see the beauty that is all around the world from the comfort of your own home.
Want to take this lockdown time to learn a new language in preparation for travelling to a new country? YPRL has you covered! Transparent Languages Online has a long list of languages available for library patrons to learn. You simply need to log in with your library card number and PIN and away you go! YPRL also has resources that will help you expand and brush up on your English skills, if English isn’t your first language. IELTS-Road to IELTS General and IELTS-Road to IELTS Academic requires patrons to log in with their card number and PIN in order to start learning and provides many different sub levels of courses to help you learn English skills.
Katie Brett, Library Officer
Do you miss travelling? Sadly, with the world being the way that it is right now, plans to explore the big wide world will have to be put on hold for awhile. However, with this book list, you can explore the world from the comfort of your armchair so sit back, read, explore and daydream!