“Ultimate Journeys for Two” from National Geographic reflects authors’ five years of post-wedding adventure travel.
This isn’t your grandfather’s National Geographic travel book. “Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent” is an adventure guide for the footloose modern couple. It originated when authors Mike and Anne Howard couldn’t choose which amazing travel adventure to take when they married. Recalls Anne, “When we started planning our honeymoon, we took out a piece of paper and wrote down our dream trips: ice climb in Patagonia, hike Machu Picchu, dive the Great Barrier Reef, go on safari during the wildebeest migration (and more) … It felt impossible to choose. Then Mike asked me, ‘What if we did them all?’ ” They had their “health, some savings and each other” — when better to explore the globe? So they set out in 2012 and haven’t stopped, covering more than 50 nations and all seven continents, chronicled on their website, Honeytrek.com, and now in this colorful 272-page guidebook. There are more than a couple of selfies (including one with a photo-bombing cheetah). In fact, the whole book is something of a conceptual selfie, though it also features tips from other “power couples.” It will woo the spirit of many adventure-loving duos. (National Geographic Books, September 2017, $26.99)
— Brian J. Cantwell