eSpotlight - Planning for Summer Travel
Plan Your Summer Travel
Summer is almost upon us and if you've got a trip planned and need more information on what to do or if you're looking to plan a trip for the summer, we have plenty of online resources available to use, all for free with your library card.
Traveling with eBooks
Several of the eBook services available through the library have travel books and guides from a variety of publishers. Even though some providers carry the same series, they may not all cover the same locations so it's a good idea to check more than one. Some titles are available all the time with unlimited copies and others are limited in copies and items may be not be immediately available, but you can place a request to be on the wait list for the item.
- Travel Books from Gale - Eyewitness Travel, Rough Guides
- Total Boox - Lonely Planet, Insight Guides, Berlitz Pocket Guides
- Safari Books Online - Eyewitness Travel, Rough Guides
- Ebsco - Time Out Guides
Limited Copies (books may not be immediately available):
- OverDrive - Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Insight Guides
- Axis 360 - Fodor's, Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Insight Guides
- enki - Falcon Guides
One of the great benefits of having a travel guide (or any book) in eBook format is that you can easily carry multiple books with you without adding more weight and bulk to your suitcase. This is especially handy when you come back from vacation with all your souvenirs or if you like to bring a lot of books to read while on vacation.
Even More eResources
Along with all those excellent eBooks, we also have a few newer eResources that are a fantastic help for planning travels. A to Z World Travel focuses on cities throughout the world (as well as major cities in the United States), while Global Road Warrior has a broader focus on countries. Both include information on current news reports, info on currency, electrical connections, phone & internet, culture & customs, language, maps, points of interest and transportation. If you're looking to travel within the United States, A to Z the USA is a great resource for facts and news about each state, including history, maps, symbols, climate, economy, demographics and schools. In addition to travel planning, this eResource is helpful for school state reports.
Learn the language
If you're traveling to a country where English isn't the first language, it's always a great idea to brush up on that language and at least learn greetings and basic questions. Mango Languages is a good place to start for the basics. If you're looking for even more languages or more in depth courses, we also have Pronunciator. Both of these excellent services are accessible from a mobile device.
In addition to books and the ability to learn new languages there is also a nice selection of travel magazines available from Zinio including Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler. In addition to travel magazines, they've also got plenty of magazines on a variety of topics to choose from. If you're looking to take magazines to read on a plane ride, using Zinio is a great option since you can download as many magazines as you'd like to read offline on a mobile device.
If you'll be staying around the bay area for the summer and are looking for fun things to do, there are plenty of wonderful local museums to visit and many have free or reduced price tickets available through SJPL's Discover & Go program. And don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge between June 1 to July 31 online or at any San José Public Library. All those travel books and magazines count towards your reading time for the program!