Travel Smart virtual events with Wake County Public Libraries

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Join Wake County Public Libraries for a virtual travel celebration! Travel helps us better understand ourselves and the world around us, as we experience new connections with people and places. The five-program Travel Smart series will help you plan, pack, photograph, fly, and even find travel-related reading material with greater ease. Bon voyage!

All events are virtual.
Register on the individual program page to receive your Zoom access.

Order copies of Rick Steves books below!


An Evening with Rick Steves
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

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Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. He is the founder and owner of Rick Steves' Europe, a travel business with a tour program that brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. Moderated interview format followed by a question and answer session.

Travel Through the Pages
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

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Travel the world from the comfort of your couch! Join your librarian tour guides Cathy and Erin as they take you on a whirlwind trip criss-crossing the globe. Discover book and podcast suggestions as well as travel blogs, virtual tours of museums and historical sites, and more. First stop, Australia!

Travel Tips and Packing Smart
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

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Planning a trip? Learn travel and packing tips for the post-COVID travel landscape with Elizabeth Caran, founder and owner of Outlander Travel and host of the travel podcast Fly Away. Presentation followed by a question and answer session, time permitting.

Smartphone Travel Photography
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

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The best camera to travel with might just be the one you already have in your pocket! Join photographer Teresa Porter, owner of My Friend Teresa Studios, as she shares travel photography tips that will ensure you never miss a great shot!

Ask TSA
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

Ask TSA

Figuring out what you can pack or bring on a flight can be confusing. Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson will answer your security screening and TSA PreCheck® questions, along with a lighthearted* show and tell of some of the interesting items found in luggage screening. *(TSA's Instagram account was called the "funniest travel account" by the New York Times!)

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook (Rick Steves Travel Guide) By Rick Steves Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781641714099
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - March 8th, 2022

Rick Steves Best of Europe By Rick Steves Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781641713085
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - April 20th, 2021

For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People, and Stories By Rick Steves Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781641711319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - July 7th, 2020

Rick Steves Ireland (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves, Patrick O'Connor Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781641714570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - December 13th, 2022

Rick Steves Italy (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781641714594
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - November 15th, 2022

Rick Steves Scotland (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt (With) Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781641714679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - December 27th, 2022

Rick Steves Spain (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781641714655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - October 11th, 2022

Rick Steves Germany (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781641714631
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - December 20th, 2022

Rick Steves France (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves, Steve Smith Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781641714617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - October 18th, 2022

Rick Steves Portugal (2023 Travel Guide) By Rick Steves Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781641715133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Rick Steves - January 31st, 2023

Sweetland: A Novel By Michael Crummey Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631491108
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright - September 7th, 2015

Love: A Novel By Roddy Doyle Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781984880475
Published: Penguin Books - June 22nd, 2021

The Sea Gate By Jane Johnson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982169336
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 5th, 2021

Goulash: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Brian Kimberling Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780345803375
Published: Vintage - January 21st, 2020

The Neighborhood: A Novel By Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman (Translated by)
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781250310361
Published: Picador - April 9th, 2019

The Shepherd's Hut: A Novel By Tim Winton Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250215048
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - June 11th, 2019

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads By Paul Theroux Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544705173
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 18th, 2016

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir By Ingrid Rojas Contreras Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385546669
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - July 12th, 2022

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy By Nathaniel Philbrick Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525562191
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2022

Every Day The River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena By Jordan Salama Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646221615
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Catapult - November 15th, 2022

The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World By Jessica Nabongo Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781426222269
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: National Geographic - June 14th, 2022

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South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062977373
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2023

An Age Of License By Lucy Knisley Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781606997680
Published: Fantagraphics - September 22nd, 2014

Travels With Casey By Benoit Denizet-Lewis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781439146965
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2015

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders By Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781523506484
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide By Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062802798
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas 2nd Edition: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do By National Geographic Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781426221699
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: National Geographic - February 8th, 2022