In recent months the travel industry has been turned upside down. As the world shelters in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, most of us have had to put travel plans on hold. Airlines and tour companies are struggling to stay afloat, operating at a fraction of their usual capacity. The cruise industry has been pretty much decimated. But, on the bright side, we travelers now have the time to plan our next trips. Travel is a necessary and unkillable enterprise. Our natural curiosity about the world and its people will always make travel an essential life activity. So we should remain hopeful that things will rebound and, when they do, we’ll be ready to pack a bag, grab our passports or the car keys, and head out for our next adventures.
If things were normal, the annual Spring Travel Series would be in full swing now. In lieu of that, the Oakland Public Library offers many electronic travel resources--guidebooks, travel narratives, and inspirational pictorials full of gorgeous images. Sign up for Hoopla or OverDrive using your library card to access the latest electronic travel guidebooks. Don’t have an Oakland Public Library card yet? It's free and easy to get one.
Here are just a few titles that will keep your wanderlust activated:
See you in the piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy / Frances Mayes
Travel Goals/ Lonely Planet