Travel, Relax, Contribute, Grow

June 11, 2009 at 10:00 am 1 comment

This post is the first in a series highlighting books from the library’s collections.  All of these books have a sticker noting that they are part of the LINK project – look for this logo while you are browsing the stacks!


With summer just beginning  (not quite in full swing yet with the strange weather!), many of you may be pondering your vacation plans. The Torrance Public Library has a vast collection of travel books for locales both near and distant, from all of your favorite publishers – Rick Steves’, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, DK, Rough Guides, Lonely Planet, and more!

Would you consider spending time away from home that is a bit out of the ordinary – for example, volunteering your time to have an impact, or a semi-permanent jaunt abroad? Many people, and especially Boomers, are rethinking the purpose of a vacation – rather than solely a time to relax, time away may be an opportunity to contribute your passion and skills to communities beyond your hometown.  Check out these titles hand-selected just for you!

indexCA27DDE4 Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World

Always user-friendly and full of information, this Lonely Planet volume gives you the 411 on how to volunteer abroad and provides tips on everything from practicalities, to the pros and cons of different types of programs, including guidance on coming home. The amazing, enviable bios of the authors and personal stories of volunteers interspersed throughout are sure to inspire.indexCAEVW1Y9

Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others

This book is a great resource for learning more about dozens of organizations to volunteer with, both within the United States and abroad. Among the volunteer opportunities described include rehabilitating sick and injured animals in South Africa, organizing community health events with indigenous communities in the United States, and teaching English in Nepal.

indexCAUOY1ZCThe Grown-Up’s Guide to Running Away From Home

If you have ever dreamed of giving up your life here and moving far, far away, this guide walks you through everything you need to know.  The author, Rosanne Knorr, is a seasoned traveler and expatriate, and includes helpful anecdotes, budgets, checklists, and timelines to make your move abroad successful.



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