Like you, I love to read, especially in the summer under a palm tree on the beach, or in a hammock in Provence, or if you're in San Francisco, on the couch with a hot cup of tea! My biggest challenge, any season, is getting through an entire book in the time I do carve out for myself to read. How many times have you set a book down, only to pick it up a week later and not remember what the storyline? It happens to me a lot. That's why I've always been a fan of reading stories especially when about my favorite subject----travel!
I was thrilled to learn of the creation of Tales to Go, a new mobile publication for iPhone and iPad from Larry Habbegar and his fabulous partners at Travelers' Tales in Palo Alto, CA, responsible for publishing series anthologies such as Best Travel Writing and Best Women's Travel Writing, and titles like 100 Places Every Woman Should Go In France, which will be out in October (pre order now). Each digital issue of Tales to Go contains four inspiring, transformative travel stories with no ads, flash, or fluff. The first issue launched in April and several award-winning writers have been featured, many of whom I'm proud to call my friends.
Issue 5 is out now, and the four tales include one by my good pal Jill Robinson in which she tells us about a wise man she met in Namibia while avoiding the black mamba that had parked itself under her car. Another is by Dominick (I knew him as Nick in high school) Domingo whose Solas Award winning tale recounts his language learning foibles in Paris, something I can totally relate to as a perpetual student of French. The issue's two other stories will take you to India and Cambodia, and you'll be glad you went.
As a traveler, I love taking journeys, even on the page, and following these writers to far flung destinations is inspiring. As a reader and writer I appreciate these petit and well-crafted jaunts. I'm in France now, returned from Africa last month, and will be in Norway before I land home in San Francisco in three weeks. Tales to Go will join me.
There's still some summer left. Grab a spot on the sand, power up your iPad, and hit the virtual road.
Or submit your own nomadic adventure.