Aside from plane tickets, visas and all obligatory injections, how can you possibly prepare for the trip of a lifetime? When I travel, I tend to read non-fiction books (histories, memoirs, ethnographies or current affairs) before departure to familiarize myself with the destination. Once airborne, I always love to immerse myself in the culture by reading fiction by a local author. And of course, no trip is complete without a gorgeous coffee table book to proudly display upon your return.

In this blog, you will find the best destination-specific titles hand picked for your upcoming trips. We also feature books about, and by, those glamorous few for whom no place is home.

Enjoy and please feel free to send in destination requests and your own favorites. Bon voyage!

Friday, October 22, 2010

East African Safari

I am certainly not a proponent of colonialism, but I have never failed to be transported by soaring descriptions of ex-pat romance and adventure in Kenya's highlands. It gets me every time.
The classics, of course, are: