মঙ্গলবার, অক্টোবর ২০, ২০২০
আন্তর্জাতিক ডেস্ক
১১ আগস্ট ২০২০
২:৫০ অপরাহ্ণ
Road Trip USA
Road Trip USA

১১ আগস্ট ২০২০ ২:৫০ অপরাহ্ণ

"Road Trip USA... takes you as on the brink of important America as you're ever likely to urge ."

Here's an issue for you. If you had the time and therefore the money to undertake only one extensive trip by road on any continent on the earth, which one would you select, and where would you go? I ask this question because time and money seem to be the sole things stopping many of us from undertaking their ultimate dream vacation.

Last year (March 2008), a survey conducted by the Australian online automotive website Cars Guide indicated that Aussies like to hit the road. In fact, the survey of 810 respondents, found a whopping 99 percent of Australians would continue a road trip due to the liberty and spontaneity it allows.

Not long after the Cars Guide survey appeared, a Rand McNally survey (May 2008), examining American attitudes to long road journeys found similar opinions to the present sort of vacation. consistent with the Rand McNally survey (of 2,030 U.S. adults), three in four adults (75%) were a minimum of somewhat likely to require a road trip, and about three in ten (29%) said they were very likely.

Meanwhile, a recent article published within the online edition of the Wall Street Journal (May 2009), reported that the road trip was poised to form a comeback because the American summer travel season began, despite the lingering recession and rising fuel prices.

While the value of fuel and accommodation was nominated because the two biggest concerns both in Australia and America, it seems our respective relationships for the open road isn't likely to diminish any time soon.

Which brings me to Road Trip USA.

Jamie Jensen's best-selling guide book, Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways, (Fifth Edition, Avalon Travel, 2009) takes you as on the brink of important America as you're ever likely to urge.

With 11 trips to settle on from, covering classic American landscapes like the Appalachian Trail, Atlantic Coast, Oregon Trail, and therefore the famed Route 66, Road Trip USA steers intrepid road warriors through major cities like San Francisco and Chicago also as remote, but charming all-American towns like Dyersville, Mississippi (where the ball field created for the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams attracts visitors from near and far); or the tiny blue-collar town of Seneca Falls, in ny state (which saw the birth of the American women's movement in July 1848).

As you would possibly expect, Jensen's routes also cause popular destinations like Disneyland, Yellowstone park, Niagara Falls, and therefore the Statue of Liberty. Complete with local lore; oddball trivia (Memphis's gifts to American culture - and therefore the world's - including the supermarket, the drive-in restaurant, the vacation Inn, oh, and Elvis Presley). crammed with noteworthy details and roadside curiosities (a check-in Texas spelling out the command: "Rattlesnakes Exit Here"), Road Trip USA contains a wealth of recommendations on where to prevent, what to ascertain, and where to eat and sleep. this is often one guide aimed toward getting travelers off the freeway system and driving into the guts and soul of America.

Other features of this edition include:

o a versatile network of route combinations, color-coded and extensively cross-referenced to permit for many possible itineraries
o quite 125 detailed driving maps
o Full-color interior with modern and vintage photos and illustrations
o A road trip resources section with contact information for popular hotel and motel chains, hire car companies, state tourism boards, and road condition centers

My personal criteria for an honest guide book is that it should inform, enlighten, and infrequently even surprise, so I'm pleased to mention that Road Trip USA has no trouble being informative, enlightening, and yes, even surprising.

I have no hesitation in saying that once I undertake my very own road trip across America, this may be the one book I will be able to have by my side in the least times.

What's Missing?
Unfortunately, Road Trip USA is nearly entirely barren of links to online resources. In an age when almost every printed piece of paper features a website URL and an Email address thereon somewhere; and when numerous modern electronic devices come to Internet-ready, this seems to be a glaring omission. I can only assume this is often a deliberate choice by the author and publisher. With thousands of places of interest detailed within the book, they'll have taken the choice to undertake and hamper on the visual clutter related to URLs, and make the contents more 'readable' by avoiding them altogether.

While one doesn't expect a URL or Email address for each location mentioned in Road Trip USA, surely major places of interest do warrant the inclusion of an internet link (where available). a fast look around other guide books on my bookshelf reveals that each one those printed over the last five years approximately, include web addresses throughout, and future editions of Road Trip USA would be served to try to an equivalent.

Before You Go
I think Road Trip USA would also enjoy a 'Before You Go' section outlining basic information regarding preparations for the journey. This chapter might cover such topics as:

o Useful (online and offline) sources of data regarding trip preparations.
o Information about safety (personal, vehicle break down, and other safety issues)
o What to try to to in an emergency (break downs, accidents, personal attack, etc)
o A checklist of possible items to pack and prepare
o A checklist of pre-trip vehicle preparations (brakes, tire and engine checks, etc)
o Traveling with children and pets

Road Trip the USA does have a little Resources section at the top of the book, running to only eight and a half pages - four of which contain a Recommended Reading list. The others ask organizations associated in how with automobiles and highways; a brief list of hotel/motel chains, and hire car companies; and an inventory of U.S. and Canadian agencies handling State Tourism and road conditions. and that is just about it.

The good news is, the omissions noted above don't detract in any way from the general depth and quality of the detailed information presented in Road Trip USA. At just over 900 pages, I feel it's fair to mention that Road Trip USA covers all the 'bases' then some. Indeed, I even have no hesitation in saying that once I undertake my very own road trip across America, Road Trip USA is going to be the one book I will be able to have by my side in the least times.

Jim Lesses may be a multi-talented Australian whose interests span songwriting and recording, movies and traveling, blogging and website development, and far more.


 

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