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Vera Marie Badertscher
WE READ AND TRAVEL
When you travel, you start gathering information before you go. I know that you can find guidebooks and talk to friends, but here at A Traveler’s Library, I point you to the travel literature that will stay on your shelf.
I have been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years, and a traveler since my parents took me on a road trip when I was one year old. I’ve visited most of the states in the U.S. and more than 30 countries. When I want to know about a place and can’t get there for first hand knowledge, I read about it.
Here at the Library, we will wander the globe, in no particular order, ignoring the Dewey Decimal system, the alphabet, continental boundaries, or any other artificial organization. Novels, histories, biographies, travel narratives– all kinds of literature that help you understand a place and the people and culture. Many guests join me in talking about new books and old books, including a stellar group of 6 outstanding writers. You can meet them at the contributors page. Movies belong on the shelf along with books, and sometimes music, museums and art works add to our understanding. Travelers with children and travelers with pets have special needs. Some people just want to EAT. The team of 6 specialists provide us with information on all those special travel angles.
You, the traveler, like to read literature and watch movies that enhances your travel. Popular bulletin boards for travelers, like Fodors.com and Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree get long strings of comments when someone asks about books. I realized that nobody else on the Internet was providing a discussion of books to read that shed light on a place you are going. Since starting this blog, I have found a few others that discuss books and travel, but none quite as thoroughly as A Traveler’s Library, or with the combination of books and movies and other attractions. From comments from readers, and the constantly increasing traffic, I believe we are providing a needed service.
Whether you travel on a plane, in a car, on a train, or from your armchair, A Traveler’s Library wants to help your journey.
We thrive on your suggestions and discussions with other readers, so please do talk back.
What Else Can I Do For You?
If you are looking for words on travel for a magazine, book or web site, check out my work at Pen4Hire page. I long ago lost the thrill of seeing my name in print, so please don’t offer me exposure as compensation. My articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, AAA Living, Home & Awayand otherAAA magazines, Arizona Highways, American Style, Islands, Rolls Royce Owner’s Desk Diary and Luxury Travel and Steinway & Sons Magazine among others. I have also written for various web sites, and the most recent ones are listed above. I have written profiles, shelter, real estate, fashion, shopping, dining and promotional copy as well as travel articles.
When I accept something for free, or at a reduced price because I am a writer, and write about it on the blog, I will tell my readers about it. My readers are intelligent enough to figure out if I am lying about things just to get freebies. I won’t, so they will be spared much thought.
The books that publishers give me for review are generally passed on to my readers through giveaways or given to a local library after I have written about them. Sometimes the books that I receive turn out not to be suitable for the blog, and I tell the publisher that. Sometimes the books that I receive are so bad that I don’t even give them away as prizes. But most of the time, the books are wonderful and I am happy to share them.
A NOTE ABOUT ADVERTISING
I use affiliate advertising on my site. That usually means that I have a link to books sold on Amazon within the text of my blog posts and receive a small percentage of sales. I occasionally link to other products if they fit extremely well. In those cases, I have a financial arrangement with the advertiser, which I will reveal at the end of the post where the link occurs. Readers should be aware of these financial ties.
Please remember that patronizing the advertisers is a vote for continuing this blog. Every purchase helps.
Writing Around the Web
Do you want to read more than the articles here at A Traveler’s Library?
I am very active in the blogger community and have written guest posts for the following blogs/websites:
- Attainable Sustainable: About Louis Bromfield, pioneer of sustainable agriculture and Malabar Farm.
- Archaeology Travel, Those Sexy Etruscans, a review of D. H. Lawrence’s book about visiting Etrusca.
- Girls Getaway: Travel Like a Lady in Brittany and other articles.
- Your Life Is a Trip: Sisters Road TripInfo Ireland and several more.
- Spot Cool Stuff : The Miracle of Siphnos
- I Explore: The Creme de la Creme of Cooking Classes
- Go Packbacking : Six Tips for taking the ferry in Greece. (no longer available)
- The Culinary Life: Food allergy translation cards; Emily Dickinson’s Black Cake Recipe
- Writing Horseback: Tanque Verde Guest Ranch; Hidden Meadow Ranch
- Velvet Escape: Master Potter of Mata Ortiz, Mexico; Tohono Chul Park in Tucson
- Travel Wonders: Canyon de Chelly; Bayeux Tapestry
- foXnoMad: The Minoans of Crete
- Freelancedom: A post on Why I Write I have an article in the web
- National GEO Traveler–a road trip through duPont country in Delaware and Pennsylvania .
- Wandering Educators: The Perfect French Movie (Just one of many articles at that site).
- Mothering.com: A book about peanut allergies
- What a Trip :List of things to do in Bayeux, France.
- My Itchy Travel Feet: Normandy and Bayeux; Review of Book for Boomer Adventure; Paddling North (review); Five Adventures on the Navajo Rez; and more.
- Authentic Luxury Travel: Le Marche, Italy
- Boomer Women Travelers: Renting an apartment while traveling
- The Monks Who Forgot How, Killing The Buddha.com , an essay about Cambodian Monks after Cambodia’s Holocaust.
OTHER STUFF ABOUT ME AND A TRAVELER’S LIBRARY
ALLTOP listed as a top travel blog.
Lonely Planet featured A Traveler’s Library and me as a Blog Sherpa with reprinted articles from 2010 through 2012 when they ended the program.
Bloggies 2010 Finalist in Best Travel Blogs Category.
Monthly contributor to Reel Life With Jane as Classic Movie Connoisseur.
Contributor at Your Life Is A Trip
Contributor to JetSetter.com
Contributor to Indie Travel Podcast Magazine
Contributor to Perceptive Travel
Chosen as one of the Travel Insights 100 Travel Expert.
Interviewed on Cheap Flights in their series on travel bloggers.