Books about Vacations

July 26, 2016

Books about Vacations

There is still time to go on vacation this summer – both literally and figuratively.  Even if you can’t go anywhere this year, you can still read about other people’s vacations!  Here is a list of books about vacations and traveling of all kinds.  The list is group for adults, teens/young adults and children and can be borrowed from the Roslindale Library.


The 100 Best Affordable Vacations
By Jane Wooldridge

Offers advice on out of the ordinary vacation opportunities, from the Texas state fair to “unknown” national parks, with profiles of inspirational travelers and sidebars about off-season travel.

Summer Rental
By Mary Kay Andrews

Ellis questions everything she believed after losing an all-consuming job, while Julia struggles with insecurities that threaten a loving relationship and Dorie confronts a maelstrom of problems after a shocking betrayal.

The Travel Writer’s Handbook: How to Write — and Sell — Your Own Travel Experiences
By Jacqueline Butler

In this new edition, Butler updates her bestselling handbook for the 21st century with helpful tips on conducting Internet research, utilizing new advancements in digital photography and finding helpful applications on mobile phones. She also helps aspiring writers navigate the changing world of publishing by exploring blogging, new travel websites, and social media, all while discussing how best to expand your platform.

Enchanted August
By Brenda Bowen

With a cast of endearingly imperfect characters and set against the beauty of a gorgeous New England summer, Enchanted August is a sparkling summer debut that brilliantly updates the beloved classic The Enchanted April in a novel of love and reawakening that is simply irresistible and offers readers a universal fantasy: one glorious month away from it all.

Travelling Solo: Advice and Ideas for More Than 250 Great Vacations
By Eleanor Berman

Berman presents the options available to single travellers of all tastes and interests. She includes such details as the common age range of the participants, the percentage travelling alone, the male/female ratio and approximate costs.

Volunteer Vacations: Short-term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others
By Bill McMillon

For those looking for a way to make a difference while on vacation–simultaneously getting away and using their talents to improve the world–this guide shows you how a short-term volunteer stint can transform your life as much as the people, animals, and ecology you choose to help. This fully updated edition is filled with in-depth information and profiles of more than 150 select organizations running thousands of quality programs in the United States and around the world.

Wrecked: A Regan Reilly Mystery
By Carol Higgins Clark

When Regan Reilly and her husband Jack join his siblings at his parents’ vacation home on Cape Cod, it turns out to be anything but a relaxing time.

Traveling With Your Pet

Find more than 15,000 pet-friendly AAA Approved hotels, restaurants and campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada with the annually updated Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®. The hotel listings include AAA Diamond Ratings and details on pet fees, size restrictions and services. Content also includes dog parks, emergency clinics, attractions and national public lands that allow pets. Find planning advice, packing tips, pet etiquette and U.S./Canada border crossing information.

Teens/Young Adults

Are We There Yet?
By David Levithan

Tricked by their parents into taking a trip to Italy together, two brothers–one in high school and the other recently graduated from college–reflect on the directions of their own lives and on the distance that has grown between them.

Wish You Were Here
By Catherine Clark

On a free-wheeling bus tour of the West with assorted family members, senior citizens galore, and one boy her age, sixteen-year-old Ariel writes postcards to her maybe-boyfriend and others while trying to cope with the effects of her parents’ divorce.

Olive’s Ocean
By Kevin Henkes

On a summer visit to her grandmother’s cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Love the One You’re With
By Annebelle Vestry

Happy to be leaving New York City for a relaxing vacation in the Caribbean, the Carlyle triplets’ peaceful getaway turns into a drama-filled adventure when they receive some unexpected news.

The Vacation
By Polly Horvath

When his parents go to Africa to work as missionaries, twelve-year-old Henry’s eccentric aunts, Pigg and Mag, take him on a cross-country car trip, allowing him to gain insight into his family and himself.


Carl’s Summer Vacation
By Alexandra Day

Carl and Madeleine are supposed to be napping while Mom and Dad get the summer cabin ready for company but escape from the hammock to do some exploring on the lake.

The Great Blue House
By Kate Banks

When its owners leave, a summer house comes alive with the sounds of a mouse nibbling crumbs in the fall, a cat taking shelter in the winter, and rain falling on the roof in the spring.

The Specific Ocean
By Kyo Maclear

A young girl doesn’t want to leave her friends in the city for a summer vacation with her family at the ocean. But she goes, and after a few days of moping, she discovers the wonders of the sea and then only reluctantly departs at vacation’s end.

Katani’s Jamaica Holiday
By Annie Bryant

Jamaican breezes are calling, and one hardworking BSG definitely deserves a getaway! But Katani’s Caribbean dream trip may not be all soft sand and warm surf. When Grandma Ruby learns that the family’s famous banana bread bakery is in serious danger, Katani’s business savvy is put to the ultimate test. Spooky stories, dolphins, horseback rides on the beach, a mysterious old lady, and a lost heirloom add up to plenty of colorful island adventure for Katani and her family.

Pictures From Our Vacation
By Lynne Rae Perkins

Given a camera that takes and prints tiny pictures just before leaving for the family farm in Canada, a young girl records a vacation that gets off to a slow start, but winds up being a family reunion filled with good memories.

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