I recently watched the very silly but sweet Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and it reminded me of how wonderful it was to explore places like Iceland and Scotland and how much I miss traveling. While it’s unsafe to travel the world right now, we can at least plan our next globe trotting adventure using some free Library resources.
If you need inspiration, Library service OverDrive has a lot of fantastic digital travel magazines. You can read Lonely Planet UK, Backpacker, Outside Magazine, and Conde Nast Traveler. If you swing by Flipster, another Library magazine service, you can check out National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, and Pennsylvania Magazine. You’re sure to find plenty of ideas to add to your travel bucket list.
Free Library streaming service Kanopy has Ken Burns: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea which, “tells the story of an idea…that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. From Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, the series explores the stories of people, from every conceivable background, who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved.” You should also check out the World Heritage Series, which focuses on, “World heritage sites [which] have been selected for their outstanding cultural and natural historical value to all humanity… the series transports viewers to 50 of the most popular, inspiring destinations. From lost civilizations to the splendors of earth's beauty, across the continents and under the sea, you will learn why these treasures are so critical to preserve and enjoy.”
I also recommend the Great Tours series by The Great Courses. They have extensive episodes covering the UK, Greece, Turkey, and the rest of Europe. They even have language courses, so you can brush up on your French before you visit Paris. If you want to venture off the beaten bath and explore Nature, watch the 36 episode series The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders, which will let you “experienc[e] more than 200 different geological wonders in nearly 120 countries”, including wonders such as Mount Fuji, The Grand Canyon, and Antartica. Then before you head out, watch The Art of Travel Photography or The Fundamentals of Travel Photography to brush up on your camera skills and take some phenomenal photos chronicling every wonder you visit. Bon voyage!