Coming Soon in 2017:
First in the Nature Element series
KATHERINE ROEBLING a young woman from Chippewa Falls, WI, embarks on a journey from her quiet academic life studying anthropology at Beloit College to taste the Jet Age. The era of rapid social change, ushered in by faster and bigger jet engines, created stewardesses as the glamor girls. Airlines market these young women as the jet goddess hostess trained to pamper male passengers, mix their martinis, and calm their fears of flying. On the ground these jet goddesses become freedom warriors poised to lead a revolution...read more
Magical Life-Journey Books by Judy Kundert
From the award winning author and storyteller of Women's Fiction and Children's books, come books of self-discovery and journeys into nature and human experience. From air travel to fantasy adventure in a forest, for children age 8-12 to women of any age, Judy Kundert brings us words that inspire self-realizations, leading to success - young or older - in reaching wherever our dreams may take us.
the Legend of the Whispering TreesTwelve year-old Tressi and her friend Ralph Rabbit, a large white rabbit dressed as a medieval prince, open their world to Samantha, a cloistered young violin virtuoso. Tressi’s world consists of trees of all kinds, mythical and real. Forest gnomes help Tressi by transporting a magical chest containing three special volumes of books through the forest. Each book, which she opens for Samantha, contains a story that will inspire and awaken children to enjoy nature and learn to look inside themselves to find their magic. Samantha and the Legend of the Whispering Trees was a 2009 Finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards and a 2014 Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner. It is the first book in the Magical Chest Series.read more
A new book for children to share with parents, teachers,
and older brothers and sisters packed with helpful tips to
engage and connect them to nature.
From gigantic national forests to the local park in your town to your own backyard, nature is all around us. Join Tressi as she shows children (with a little help from grown-ups!) ten great activities to get outside and back into nature.
Judy Kundert, former airline stewardess in the 1960s, is an award-winning children’s book author and storyteller. She shares her love of travel on her weekly blog. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University, Chicago, a Master’s Degree from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Master’s Certificate in Marketing and Publicity from the University of Denver. She lives with her husband at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.read more
Flight attendants, formerly known as stewardess have a passion for travel to different countries and places around the globe. And they do love meeting people from different areas and ways of life. The next time you board a plane, please take a second to look at these people who serve, smile, and help you from the beginning of your flight until you land. While you’re flying at 30,000 feet, these flight attendants may become your life saver. So sit back, relax, and smile at them. They’ll welcome your friendliness and reward you with extra special care while you fly through the sky. It’s incredible how much you can learn about life way up there in the air.
And I’d like to share my personal life lessons that I learned from my years floating through the sky in those fantastic tin cans with wings.
A smile is a universal form of communication and brings a sense of calm.
When there’s a delay or rough weather a smile can brighten the atmosphere at 35,000 feet. And it also does wonders on the ground too.
“Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa
Being kind is priceless.
We all have time when we complain about an unpleasant situation and people. If we pause and reflect we realize that beneath the facades we put on, we do not know the secret battle that another may be facing. You may never know what one moment of your being nice did for someone. It may have even changed their life.
“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato
The unexpected can add sparkle to your life.
Flights may cancel, weather may divert a plane to another city. Often, we find treasures in the unplanned events. Spontaneous adventures add color and interest to life. Embrace them.
“You can devise all the plans in the world, but if you don’t welcome spontaneity, you will just disappoint yourself.” Abigail Biddinger
Accept discomforts. Most are temporary.
Delays are typical. Long flights eventually reach their destinations. Uncomfortable times are not forever, and they may open to new adventures, opportunities, or people. “Fear, uncertainty, and discomfort are compresses toward growth. “ Celestine Chua
Everyone has a story.
I would have never realized that the man sitting in the exit row on one of my flights was a famous war hero. If I did not engage with him long enough to listen, I would have missed a life-enriching experience. A story that you hear one time could change your life — or at least your day. “Everyone is a writer, some write stories in books, and some confine stories in their hearts.” Savi Sharma
Are you Interested in life lesson stories? You may enjoy the following novels.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1) by Rachel Joyce
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robber.
Now this book will get you started on writing your story.
Now it’s your turn to write your story.
Legacy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence
In this practical guide to capturing those memories that have been stored away, Linda Spence provides the questions that are the keys to unlocking the memories that make up a life.Beyond the vital statistics are the personal stories that tell what it was like, what we did, and why we did it, how we feel about our choices, and what our circumstances were. Through encouraging coaching, shared memories, and open-ended questions, the process of producing a personal history becomes intriguing and engaging.
And now, it’s your turn to write your story. Please check out the following book to get you started on your personal story.
How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer4th Edition by Lois Daniel
Writing the story of one’s life sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This warmhearted, encouraging guide helps readers record the events of their lives for family and friends. Excerpts from other writers’ work are included to exemplify and inspire. Provided are tips on intriguing topics to write about, foolproof tricks to jog your memory, ways to capture stories on paper without getting bogged down, ways to gather the facts at a local library or historical society, inspired excerpts from other writers, and published biographies that will delight and motivate.
The stewardess was born in 1930 when Boeing Air Transport hired eight nurses to add a feeling of safety for concerned fliers. Since the newly minted airline hostess’s primary role was to give reassurance to the passengers, their uniforms were drab gray and looked like nurses outfits.
Fast forward to the burgeoning Jet Age travel trends in the mid-60s and 70s, which saw a rise of air travel, combined with the Space Race. Jet travel’s rapid speed and cultural change opened a new path for a fashion designer to moonlight as uniform designers, bringing a distinct look to the skies.
And here are some of these designers’ creations.
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the Deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.
“What good are wings without the courage to fly?’ Atticus
At the peak of the Jet Age, air travel was a glorious adventure. Take a glimpse back to the time when air travel was grand.
Riding the Comet
These BOAC passengers are comfortable on an early precursor to sleeper seats on a relaxing on the sleeper seats on a new deHavilland Comet jet during a demonstration flight at the aircraft manufacturer’s Hatfield, UK facility.
Even if you didn’t see the people in this photo, you’d know this was a flight taken in the 1970s. There are actual curtains on the aircraft window and the seats sport those autumn colors that were so popular in that decade.
Service with a smile
A couple enjoys service with a smile on an Air France flight, from the 1950s. Check out that amazing spread!
Two Seats Please
Can you imagine being able to fold down the seat next to you for extra space to hold your food, drinks, and other sundry items on your next flight? It was possible in the 1960s.
United Airlines wanted to show off its new four-engine Douglas DC-8 jet with this ad. That seat is almost loveseat-like, and the large windows gave you a great view. The jet went into service for United on September 18, 1959.
Time for Bed
This woman is preparing for bed onboard a Boeing Stratocruiser. The aircraft set a new standard for luxurious air travel with its tastefully decorated extra-wide passenger cabin and gold-appointed dressing rooms. A circular staircase led to a lower deck beverage lounge, and flight attendants prepared hot meals for 50 to 100 people in a state-of-the-art galley. As a sleeper, the Stratocruiser was equipped with 28 upper-and-lower bunk units.
Pan Am Style
This model standing in front of a vintage Pan Am aircraft just screams the golden age of travel. Remember when travelers used to dress for flights?
Source; #FlashbackFriday The Golden Age of Travel Civilized air travel updated 02.04/2017 by Benet Wilson, Golden Age of Travel
Want to know more about the Jet Age? Check out the following books.
Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World by Sam Howe Verhovek
In Jet Age, journalist Sam Howe Verhovek explores the advent of the first generation of jet airliners and the people who designed, built, and flew them. The path to jet travel was triumphal and amazingly rapid-less than fifty years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk,
Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years by William Stadiem
In October 1958, Pan American World Airways began making regularly scheduled flights between New York and Paris, courtesy of its newly minted wonder jet, the Boeing 707. Almost overnight, the moneyed celebrities of the era made Europe their playground. At the same time, the dream of international travel came true for thousands of ordinary Americans who longed to emulate the “jet set” lifestyle.
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine
After you’ve explored this post, I think you’ll agree that taking children to the location of best-loved children’s author and sharing the books them does inspire children to love reading. With so many new interactive e-books, apps based on favorite stories, and online games with beloved characters, it’s easy to forget about just plain books. But children’s novels and picture books can become real-world adventures when you take young readers to children’s literature-centered destinations throughout New England.
Now the journey begins.
Grab some snacks for the drive, the GPS, and your library card (and set out for a kid lit road trip.
Herman Melville, Pittsfield, MA
Why not start with Herman Melville’s seafaring tale Moby Dick by visiting Arrowhead, in Pittsfield, MA.
What to do before you go to get your children excited about Moby Dick. Read the book and watch a movie. For a how to read and enjoy Moby Dick start with article Martin Chilton’s TheEasyWayToReadMobyDick published in The Telegraph.
Now, plan your trip to Arrowhead, Melville’s home and the place where he wrote Moby Dick. For complete details, please visit for your Arrowhead visit, please visit: mobydick
Dr. Seuss, Springfield, MA
Travel on to visit Dr. Seuss land where he tells you that:
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss
What to before your revisit or meet Dr. Seuss for the first time, take a look at the helpful information in ReadingDr.SeussBooks published on the blog, Best books for kids.
Next hop on the road and journey to Springfield, MA to visit Dr. Seuss’s National Memorial. Dr. Seuss’s characters will greet you with warm and adventure. This is where you can look Lorax in the eyes, put your arm around the Grinch, and tell Sam I am what you really think of his green eggs and ham.
Check out the details for your visit at Dr.SeussNationalMemorial
Eric Carle, Amherst, MA
The next leg of your trip goes to the inspirational world of color and art with Eric Carle.
What to do before your visit is to either reread or read his best-known work The Very Hungry Caterpillar and you might share some creative projects in the post “Inspired by the Wonderful World of Eric Carle’s Book” on kidsworld.
Next, take a drawing pad and pens to your visit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art where Eric Carle’s created a place to inspire the love art and reading through picture books. (By the way, adults love picture books as much as the very young reader.)
For details on the Eric Carle Museum, visit carlemuseum.
Now on to New Hampshire, it’s short drive the Massachusetts visits.
Margaret and H.A. Rey, Waterville, NH
This literary stop is worth your time where you’ll visit The Rye Center developed the illustrious authors of the Curious George series. The center’ mission is the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and partition in art, science, and nature through programs for youth, adults, and families.
What to do before your visit grab your library card and check out some Curious George books and spend some with children with the help of the curiousgeorge parents’ resource. It’s a wonderland of Curious George’s stories and activities.
Next get ready for a day of discovering with Reys’ fascination with art, science, and nature. For details on The Rey Center, visit TheRyeCenter.
Thanks for visiting.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen
Green Travel Benefits
Finding enjoyment with a vacation that offers extra benefits is the best part of Eco-Friendly travel. You’re probably a green traveler if you want more meaningful, challenging, and adventurous experiences in your travels with sensitivity and responsibility for the environment and the local cultures.
I consider myself Eco-Friendly since I like to find new ways to explore more of the world and feel that I’m helping and not damaging the environment. So I decided to explore the possibilities of combining my environmental site with my literary interests and thought about literary travel.
What is Literary Tourism?
Literary tourism is the practice of visiting cities and sites related to works of fiction and their authors. The concept of combining literature with travel and cultural experiences, literary tourism is by no means a recent occurrence and has been practiced for several centuries.
An interest in touring to places associated with poets and novelists grew in the 19th century when according to historical accounts, curious travelers began visiting the homes, graves and favorite haunts of famous writers. Travelers also visited the sites and cities described in famous poems and novels. During this time, Stratford, England was memorialized for Shakespeare, while Abbotsford, England, was venerated for Sir Walter Scott. The memory of Bronte sisters is alive in their home at Haworth, England.
Why is Literary Travel Eco-Friendly?
Since it crosses the boundaries between literature and cultural studies, literary tourism invites readers to make fictional experiences come alive. Literary tourism enables travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture while increasing their knowledge about authors and literature. Catering to the tastes of this specialized group of tourists, many cities have taken advantage of this phenomenon by creating walking and cycling tours of famous writers’ homes, the places where they wrote, and taverns they may have visited.
Looking for the right literary travel for you.
A literary travel idea for the whole family
I found a great family trip for that offers something for everyone. Pack your bags and head to England to spend a week in Jane Austen’s world with a visit to Chawton Great House and Chawton Cottage. You can explore the unique habitat of the moors, passing Haworth and many places of interest to lovers of the three Brontë sisters literary works. The scenic Lake District includes a visit to Beatrix Potters’ Hilltop.
For the tour, details visit lynotttours.com/great-britain.
Literary travels for adventurers
Lonely Planet offers a top-10-literary-walking-tours-of-the-world
Check out these tours, which are a wonderful way to pay tribute your favorite authors or characters than to follow in their footsteps via these entertaining tours
Literary tours for the serious book lover
Get inspired and spark your imagination on thewordtravels tours in the writer’s places
such as London, Venice, Berlin, Classical World and Salisbury.
“Walking” great books, experiencing them through the feet, opens up new perspectives and fresh understanding of the work – and sharpens our senses to the world around us. For example, walk the moors on a windy day, and you’ll experience, better than any dictionary definition, the meaning of ‘wuthering.’
‘Literature always seems richer when you visit the place that inspired it.’ John Sutherland
Suggestions for 50 state literary places in America
Explore the wealth of America with American Writers’ Museum ‘s 50 state lists American writers’ sites and more.
Check out the literary-america map of a list of each state’s American writer’s sites to visit.
For a real road trip adventure take the San Juan Skyway. It’s an unforgettable journey that includes peaks that reach to the sky, Butch Cassidy’s hometown, and the haunting echoes of Mesa Verde ancient civilization. The San Juan Skyway, part of the Million Dollar Highway, was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of “America’s Best Road Trips.” You’ll awe and oh on the journey over the “road to the sky.” It takes you through towns such as Ouray, Silverton, Durango and Telluride in a 232-mile loop. You’ll have an adrenalin rush on the journey as your drive through craggy peaks, vast valleys, historic old west towns, and dense forests.
Plus, you’ll see why Hollywood chooses to film many movies on the sites along the majestic route through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
The some of the sites you’ll see on the San Juan Skyway
Movies filmed along the San Juan Highway:
Movies filmed in Ouray:
Ouray movie locations include many westerns filmed in and around Ouray County especially the original production of “True Grit” starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, and Glen Campbell.
Other movies filmed in the Ouray area include:
1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk – With Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun, Marilyn Monroe
1951 Across the Wide Missouri- Clark Gable
1956 Tribute to a Bad Man- James Cagney
1962 How the West Was Won- Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne et al.
1964 Unsinkable Molly Brown- Debbie Reynolds
1965 Sons of Katie Elder- John Wayne and Dean Martin (based on a real Ridgway family)
1968 True Grit- John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid- Paul Newman
1978 Avalanche- Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow
1987 – Over the Top, Sylvester Stallone
Alfred Packer: The Musical (1996)
Aka Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
Durango Kids (1999)
Sunchaser, The (1996)
Movies filmed in Durango “Hollywood of the Rockies”
Since 1925, nearly 30 films have shot on location in and around Durango. The dramatic and varying landscapes, as well as the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, are unique assets that appeal to the film industry and tourists.
How the West Was Won (1963)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Downhill Racer (1969)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1970)
When Legends Die (1972)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (1984)
The Tracker (1987)
City Slickers (1991)
Rebirth of a Locomotive (1992)
Durango Kid (1999)
The Claim (2000)
Nurse Betty (2000)
The Prestige (2004)
The Connecticut Kid (2006)
The Lone Ranger (2012)
Movies filmed in Telluride:
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Darling Companion (2012)
Information for your road trip on the Colorado Scenic Byway: San Juan Skyway
Visit coloradodirectory.com for places to stay, towns and areas, map, and fun things to do.
Visit colorado.com trips ideas, festival and events, and special offers.
ARE WE THERE YET? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations
By Susan Sessions Rugh
Sue Kovach’s washingtonpost review of Susan Sessions Rugh book, “ARE WE THERE YET! The Golden Age of American Family Vacations” begins with a prompt to recall the by gone era of road trips. ‘Mention “family vacation” to a baby boomer and you’re likely to conjure memories of car trips.”
Yes, car trips. Susan Sessions Pugh, an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, writes about the mass family road trip adventures from 1945 to 70s to explore the country from east to west to discover the country and connect with their common roots. As Ms. Pugh, says, “the Ford Motor Company even promoted it sedans as “America’s school house on wheels.”
Today, there are road trips that will take you back to the 1950s era of the Golden of the Automobiling. That road is Route 40, once great was the first transportation link from the East to California. I-70 replaced it. But you can pull off the interstate to explore tranquil state parks or unique attractions in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado.
And here are some sites that you’ll see if you venture off the high-speed interstate.
Check out Frank Brusca’s route40.net for a collection of guides, maps, biographies, music, and lots of nostalgic information about the historic highway Route 40.
Answer the call of the open road this summer where you get away for the hectic, depleting summer travel woes of air travel. Why not head to North Carolina and travel Route 12 in the Outer Banks. With its 80-mile beach drive full of variety that will eliminate the boredom that comes most road trips. You sense the seascapes and walk in the footsteps of pirates. You’ll travel along meeting places of land and ocean, human activity and wilderness. Get ready for an adventure since you walk where the first white settlers found landfall and Blackbeard the Pirate cast his anchor. You also come close to nature and wildlife with the screech of migrating geese and wild birds zooming overhead.
Check out roadtrippers to see some of the sites like lighthouses, sandy beaches, and shipwrecks that you find along the outer banks” scenic road trip.
Want to see maps and other information? Check out carolinaouterbanks.
And for all the details on North Carolina and the outer banks visit outerbanks.
No road trip is complete without good books to read about the places on your journey.
For some suggestions for books novels set in the Outer Banks, check out Beth P. Storie’s article for good summer reads in outerbanksthisweek.
Here are 15 more novels set in the Outer Banks suggested by goodreads.
Why visit New Zealand’s most famous destination?
For starters, Rudyard Kipling called it the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Milford Sound is the shining star of New Zealand’s South Island for many reasons.
- It is the inspiration for travelers to journey to this out-of-the-way, natural corner of Fiordland, a region in the island’s southwest corner.
- Travelers find scenic roads, well-marked trails, and peaceful cruises, combined with the clear waters and the temperate rainforests that adorn the steep mountains.
- There’s more, it’s wonderful place to hike, bike, paddle, sail, fly, or take photographs.
Milford Sound’s history adds to the mystic of this wonderful part of the world.
The Maoris, who first set eyes on Milford Sound approximately 1,000 years ago, believed that their demi-god Tuterakiwhanoa carved out the Fiordland’s rugged landscape and jagged mountains. Milford Sound’s original Maori name was ‘Piopiotahi’, gained after a ‘piopio’ bird (New Zealand thrush) flew to the Sound to mourn Maori god Maui, who apparently died trying to become immortal.
HISTORY OF EUROPEAN SEALERS AND WHALERS
In 1773, Captain James Cook established a Dusky Sound camp among the Maori. One of Cook’s shipmates returned to Milford Sound to establish a sealing colony and erect the first colonial building in New Zealand, in the year of 1791.
THE HERMIT OF MILFORD SOUND
Scotsman Donald Sutherland arrived in Milford Sound in 1877 and became the region’s most famous resident during his 40-year stay in the Fjordland. Sutherland’s dog was his only companion for two entire years in this wilderness, earning Sutherland the nickname of ‘The Hermit of Milford Sound.’
GOLD RUSH AND TOURIST RUSH
In 1886, a gold rush helped Milford Sound thrive its most rapid population growth.
The richest of gold became an empty dream for most of the new settlers. Although as many as 200 fortune-seeking people briefly settled in the area in search of gold, less than ten people remained a year later, when the local gold rush ended as abruptly as it began. After failed oil digging and mining attempts, Milford Sound once again became prosperous as a thriving timber and tourism town.
For a personal experience of a lifetime, here are five cruises with something special for every cruiser’s interest.
cruisemilford When you take a boat trip with Cruise Milford, you’ll be getting close to New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks, massive rock faces rising for hundreds of meters out of the sea and view waterfalls cascade from ancient rainforest high in the mountains.
roscosmilfordkayaks We’re sure you’ll agree with us and the Lonely Planet that sea kayaking is by far the best way to truly discover Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand.
realjourneys We have provided a number of suggested itineraries to help you in planning your holiday in Southern New Zealand. These suggested touring plans include both single and multi-day itineraries to suit different travel times and allow you to experience our different excursions.
mitrepeak We lead the way in small, scenic cruises of spectacular Milford Sound – considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Offering regular two-hour trips through the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, giving our guests the opportunity to enter Milford Sound from the outside, approaching it just as the first sealers did at the end of the 18th century.
goorangecruise We offer the cheapest 2-hour boat cruise in Milford Sound with free food! Plus: spacious vessel, family friendly
To discover more about New Zealand start with these great books
Long Cloud Ride by Josie Dew
Josie Dew is a fantastic cyclist, author, and cook. Throughout her life, she has made her living by utilizing her catering skills and has used this to fund her bicycle adventures. Acquiring a taste for travel at a young age, she set off on her first trip when she was just a teenager and today has cycled through over 48 countries. Her writings are funny, sharp and engrossing. Long Cloud Ride tells the story of her adventures on two wheels over nine months across the islands of New Zealand.
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Since winning the Booker Prize in 1985, The Bone People has gone on to become increasingly popular. As his first novel, Hulme takes the reader to the South Island of New Zealand and along the stunning beaches of the west coast. A peculiar mixture of love story and the tale of mystery, the novel works around the relationship of three difficult characters: an artist, an adopted father, and a son. The eeriness of the story is highlighted by themes of isolation, such as when the artist hides away in a tower, alienating herself from society, and violent occurrences found throughout the book add a distinct poignancy to this tale.
The 1 Thing: A Small Epic Journey Down New Zealand’s Mother Road by Bob Moore
The ultimate road trip text for New Zealand, The 1 Thing follows the travels of author Bob Moore along the famous State Highway 1: a main road that cuts right through both North and South Islands, from the northern peak at Cape Reinga to the southern Bluff Harbor. Along its path, the road links all the major cities of New Zealand to many of the smaller, lesser-known towns. Moore tells the stories of his adventures and the activities he takes part in along the way. He cleverly and lightheartedly looks at the cultures and people he encounters, as well as the amazing landscapes the country has to offer. Using his humor, excitable nature and captivating writing style, Moore invites the reader to hop in and ride along with him on this incredible journey.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.
Here are some of the reasons to add an Amazon River cruise on the top of your travel list:
The region’s amazing biodiversity since the vast Amazon River is the second-longest river the moves across the continent of South America as it passes through Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.
More than a third of the world’s animal species live in this vast river basin’s rainforest which means you’ll meet encounter wonderful creatures such as squirrel-size tamarin monkeys, three-toed sloths, monk saki monkeys, scarlet macaws, Amazon River dolphins, Amazonian manatees, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, bull sharks, piranhas, electric eels, jaguars, and much more.
There are also opportunities to visit villages deep in the heart of the forest where few outsiders venture.
How to find the right river cruise
The CruiseCritic article by Maria Harding, Cruise Critic U.K. contributor covers all the choices that a cruise passenger has for sailing the Amazon from Brazil to Peru. She offers helpful tips on how to choose a cruise on the vast and magical river.
More cruise suggestions
For more cruise suggestions Fodors offers suggestions for top 5 Amazon River cruises.
How to travel tips
“Everything you “Need to know about visiting the Amazon” is a helpful article in the telegraph provides tips on when to travel, how to travel, and where to travel. How to pack for Amazon River Cruise Carol Morse’s article “What to Pack for an Amazon River Cruises” in smartertravel provides tips on what pack and not forget before your run into a jungle.
More tips for your trip
Tips for Amazon River Cruise in lonelyplanet list 9 helpful tips to make your trip easier and memorable. And some books to read before you travel The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon by Michael Goulding, Melinda Jorge, Gondim Lilly The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world’s greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300 vivid photographs provide spectacular views of the river and rainforest. One River by Wade Davis The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.