If financial concerns keep you from planning a getaway in 2009, lose yourself in travel-themed films and books. Here are some exciting suggestions from leading travel writers:
World Hum writer Eva Holland collected nine travel-related films to watch in the coming year. Among the most intriguing picks are two book adaptations: “The Rum Diary,” an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, staring Johnny Depp as an expat journalist in Puerto Rico; and “A Walk in the Woods,” an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s novel, starring Robert Redford.
As for travel-themed books, The Guardian offers a list of its favorite travel books from 2008, as well as book recommendations from successful travel authors, including Rolf Potts of Vagablogging fame.
National Geographic Traveler has compiled a library of favorite travel books that best evoke a sense of place, according to surveyed travelers, writers, photographers, explorers and editors. The list includes novels, narrative nonfiction and books of photography, and is organized by continent and country in the left-hand sidebar.