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Smile Nihongo Academy
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Smile Nihongo Academy

Yuko Sensei does a great job in teaching basic Japanese, adding value to your trip.

Obaachan's Class
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Obaachan’s Class

This Youtu.be channel sets common phrases to music, making it fun for kids and adults alike!

Japanese 101
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Japanese 101

Japanese 101 is a great resource to learn the basics of Japanese. Both written and oral forms.

Anime
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Screen Anime

While this is subscription based, anyone interested in anime would appreciate this online film festival.

Japan Visitor
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Japan Visitor

A great resource for visiting Japan, particularly in learning about cultural etiquette of the country.

Japan Times
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Japan Times

Japan Times offers a look into the country’s current news and events in English.

Activity to do from home

Vegetarian Haggis Recipe

Hearty and filling and animal-friendly, Scotland’s veggie alternative to their signature dish.

Scotland Concise History
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Scotland – A Concise History

This is a history book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It concisely documents the story of Scotland, from the first written words, the Picts and the Scots, the coming of the Christians, right through to Mary Queen of Scots, the Jacobite Rising and even up to Brexit.

Book

The Outrun

Amy’s account of her return to her native islands after battling with alcoholism and depression in London will make you want to flee the city and reconnect with nature.

Documentary

Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands

For a real picture of the wild and beautiful scenery of Scotland’s coastline, watch Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands series with Paul Murton, available on Amazon Prime and the BBC in the UK.

Movie/Film

Roy Roy

Liam Neeson’s depiction of Rob Roy MacGregor – the cattle-rustler and brigand of 17th – 18th century Scotland.

TV Show

Outlander

This show has been a huge international hit and the locations are real, many still exist.

Free

Stories of Scotland

This podcast highlights everything from Scotland’s historic sites, to politics and nature, and stories of ghosts and witchcraft.

Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook
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Pueblo Food Experience cookbook

A collection of traditional Puebloan recipes compiled by Taos Pueblo resident Roxanne Swentzell, featuring a variety of mouth-watering dishes and gorgeous photography to match.

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Aztec Ruins National Monument – Interactive Visit

Part of the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, this interactive visit focuses on Aztec Ruins National Monument, just outside Farmington in New Mexico, and features several great activities for kids.

Surviving Columbus
Documentary

Surviving Columbus

Produced by PBS New Mexico, Surviving Columbus tells the story of conquest and European colonization from a Native American perspective.

Mesa Verde Voices
Documentary

Mesa Verde Voices podcast

A podcast series showcasing the Ancestral Puebloan culture of Mesa Verde and other nearby sites in New Mexico.

Mesa Verde
Documentary

Mesa Verde – UNESCO World Heritage Site

A brief documentary that explores the various ruins and cultures of Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important home to the Ancestral Puebloan culture.

Chaco Culture
Documentary

Chaco Canyon – UNESCO World Heritage Site

A brief video documentary introduction to the Chaco Canyon culture of New Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important Ancestral Puebloan culture sites in the state.

Puebloan Basketry
Documentary

Puebloan Basketmaking

A video demonstration of traditional Puebloan wicker basketmaking, produced by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Derry Girls
TV Show

Derry Girls

Silly, fun, and honest look at teenage life in Ireland during the Troubles of the early 1990s.

Small Island
Book

Small Island

Beautiful story of the Windrush generation, newly-minted British citizens immigrating from Jamaica after WWII, encouraged to come by the government, but then marginalized by most white Brits.

Book

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

Penned by William Dalrymple, a famous historian, this memoir was an absolutely fantastic read prior to visiting New Delhi, India’s capital.

Documentary

Cocaine Cowboys

A documentary looking at the ramifications of the cocaine trade in Florida in the ’80s.

Book

Bubble in the Sun

A look at how the economic boom in Florida could have triggered the Great Depression.

Book

For Whom The Bell Tolls

This story based on Hemingway’s wartime experience covering the Spanish civil war for the North American Newspaper Alliance will inspire your own travels.

Book

Best. State. Ever.

A look at all the weird and wild Florida has to offer from a resident of the Sunshine State.

Website

Seminole Tribe

The official Seminole Native American Tribe of Florida homepage.

Website

Florida Bird Guide

A website dedicated to helping you identify the birds of Florida and where to find them.

Timeline card game
Game

Timeline Game

An easy to learn card game for ages 8+ that helps players learn about world history and how the history of your travel destination fits into it.

Useful Charts Timeline
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Useful Charts

This website sells different types of timelines to use for travel study.

Timeline JS
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Timeline JS

A free, open-source tool that lets users create beautiful interactive timelines to use for travel studies.

Battlefield Britain
Documentary

Battlefield Britain

This BBC series will help you understand the military history of Britain before you travel there.

Histomap of World Civilizations
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Histomap of Civilizations

A timeline of major civilizations over the last 4000 years with an attempt to represent them by relative power.

Sarum: The Novel of England
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Sarum: The Novel of England

The history of England is told from the perspective of characters stretching from the first humans to the mid-1980s.

My Language Exchange
Website

mylanguageexchange.com

Online language exchange community that helps you find language exchange partners and penpals.

Article

Parts Unknown

Food and cultural focused documentaries on less explored places in the world.

Unfamiliar Fishes
Book

Unfamiliar Fishes

A great book about the Americanization of Hawaii. Essential learning if you intend to visit.

italki
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italki

1-on-1 language lesson platform with over 10,000 teachers.

Boudica Warrior Queen
Free

Boudica Warrior Queen

An entertaining dramatization of the Roman conquest of England. (Viewer discretion advised.)

Crossroads of Time
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Morocco: Crossroads of Time

Delight the senses with this album and the included liner notes that explore the history of Moroccan music and some delicious recipes.

China History Podcast
Documentary

China History Podcast

Laszlo Montgomery provides a weekly deep dive into different aspects of Chinese history, detailing anything from a particular city, ethnic group, famous figures and much more.

Video

Smarthistory

Short, engaging videos from museums and cultural sites around the world. Smarthistory is the most-visited art history resource in the world.

Sounds of the Forest Map
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Sounds of the Forest

A collection of forest and woodland sounds from all over the world…choose your listening location from the website’s map.

CBS Aerial America Series
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Aerial America

A video series by the Smithsonian Channel (and now streaming on CBS All Access) that provides beautiful views and educational information about each state.

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Constitute

The world’s constitutions to read, search, and compare. Created as a collaboration between the Comparative Constitutions Project and Google Ideas.

Drive and Listen
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Drive & Listen

Drive through the streets of 50 cities around the world and listen to local radio or sounds from the street.

Game

Clans of Caledonia

Explore the transition of 19th Century Scotland from an agricultural to an industrial nation in this fun game.

Duolingo
App

Duolingo

The most popular language learning platform in the world which uses a free gamified approach to learn over 35 languages.

Atlas Obscura
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Atlas Obscura

Excellent site for travel inspiration and destination ideas with an interesting community offering a wealth of information about our world.

App

Flyover Country App

App to use from the window seat of a plane or for road trips or hikes that shows geological, geographical, and meteorological information in addition to flight tracking.

Horrible Histories BBC
Good For Kids

Horrible Histories

Based on the popular book series by Terry Deary, the BBC brought to life these stories -with a funny twist – aimed to capture kids’ interests. These are also good for history-fearing adults.

Google Arts and Culture
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Google Arts and Culture

Virtual tours of museums and galleries, and a treasure trove of articles on the arts.

App

Maps of Our World App

Free app to study and quiz yourself with maps of the world, appropriate for beginners to experts.

Activity to do from home

Minecraft: Education Edition (History & Culture)

An inspiring resource for Minecraft players to learn more about the architecture and history of their travel destinations. Find lesson plans about building landmarks, cities, and more. There are also some prebuilt historic places to explore and build in.

Junior Ranger Badges
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Junior Rangers

Discover the Junior Ranger Programs in our National Parks. There are many fun and interesting activites to do from home to prepare for your trip. During Covid, kids can also complete many Junior Ranger Booklets online to earn badges.

Book

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Bryson details the quirky and interesting, painting an intriguing picture of Australia as a travel destination. From the deadly Box Jellyfish to the wow factor of Uluru, Australia boasts a superlative landscape.

Home And Away
TV Show

Home And Away

An Australian soap opera, set in the fictional town of Summer Bay but filmed at Sydney’s iconic Palm Beach.

Rabbit-Proof Fence
Movie/Film

Rabbit-Proof Fence

An Australian film confronting the reality of the Stolen Generation, the Aboriginal children who were removed from their parents by the national government.

Australia
Movie/Film

Australia

A 2008 epic historical drama set in northern Australia of the 1940s and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

The Story of Australia
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The Story of Australia

Learn about the 60,000 year history of Australia with this six-part documentary series, covering the First Australians to European settlement, the Gold Rushes, Federation, the World Wars, and the prosperous Modern Era.

The Revenant
Movie/Film

The Revenant

Film set in BC about the fur trade starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Video

The Art Assignment

A PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green that explores art and art history through the lens of things happening today.

Roadside Geology of Washington
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Roadside Geology of Washington

Very useful field guide, both for a long read in order to understand the geology of the state and also for using in the field to know more about the geological features you are looking at.

App

Learn Art App

Free app that highlights many of the major pieces of art in Western civilization with both study and quiz options.

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Seterra Online

Online mapping resource which features quiz-based games to help teach country and state identification. Games provide scoring which leads to competition to see how well you do compared to others in your class / household.

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Quizlet

One of the best tools I’ve found for help in memorizing vocabulary while studying a foreign language. It can be used for anything you are trying to memorize.

Documentary

PBS- Cathedral, David Macaulay

Documentary using both animation and live action to bring to life David Macaulay’s excellent book Cathedrals to learn about how and why they were made.

Australian Slang Video
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Learning Australian Slang

A 10 minute video explaining some classic Australian words and phrases, and how they compare with similar Americanisms. Warning: some crude language included.

Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Bangarra Dance Theatre

An Aboriginal-Australian dance company, blending together traditional Indigenous and contemporary dances.

World Heritage Sites Australia
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World Heritage Sites in Australia

A YouTube documentary series showcasing the World Heritage Sites in Australia, including Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, and more.

Georgia Strait Alliance Website
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Georgia Strait Alliance

As oceans are threatened by plastic waste and pollution, the Georgia Strait Alliance shares information on ocean health awareness, as well as organise events like beach clean ups.

Old Growth Forest Website
Good For Teens

Old Growth Blockade

Environmental group with a movement to protect old growth forests in British Columbia. Includes information on news, events, and ways to engage.

You're Dead to Me podcast
Good For Teens

You’re Dead to Me

Podcast that uses humor and wit in introducing historical figures with an important story.

Bandcamp
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Bandcamp

Online platform for music artists and their fans. Find new music and gig updates. The website is favoured by most artists as they are directly supported by the fans.

Musee d'Orsay Google Museum Page
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Musee d’Orsay

Virtual tour of one of Paris’ most famous galleries.

Bookshop Website
Book

Bookshop

Online bookstore in the United Kingdom supporting independent bookshops.

Britannica Website
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Encyclopedia Britannica

Articles on history, geology, culture and geography for destinations anywhere in the world.

The Art of Flight
Movie/Film

Art of Flight

Movie set in stunning locations of the top snowboarders.

The Dark Angel
Book

The Dark Angel

Mika Waltari’s rich account of a love story amid disaster in 1453 Constantinopole about to be conquered by Muslims.

The Magnificent Century
Movie/Film

The Magnificent Century

A series outlining the reign of Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, rich in historical detail and accuracy.

Burmese Days
Book

Burmese Days by George Orwell

Burmese Days is a fictional story set in Burma (Myanmar) based on the author’s time spent there as a military police officer.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru
Good For Teens

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

This charming animated series depicts the changing seasons in Japan and important cultural events such as cherry blossom viewing and summer fireworks festivals.

Colosseum Rome, UNESCO

WorldHeritageSite.org

Learn about your travel destinations from the internet’s largest community of World Heritage Site enthusiasts.

wolrd Heritage Journey- China
Documentary

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China

World Heritage Journey’s collection of site visits in China, including major sites like the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, and the Forbidden City.

Mao's Last Dancer Book
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Mao’s Last Dancer

Memoir of Li Cunxin, a ballet dancer from an impoverished village in China, who struggles to reconcile his upbringing and education with his experiences of visiting the United States.

Story of China PBS
TV Show

The Story of China (PBS)

In this PBS documentary, historian Michael Wood travels across China to discover the many cycles of Chinese history, and how it has shaped the modern nation of China.

Shantaram Book Cover
Book

Shantaram

This incredible memoir details the shockingly mostly-true story of one man’s surreal adventures living in Mumbai, India in the 1970s-80s. It provides a vivid and accurate portrayal of the city and India in general, and many of the places mentioned in the book are still open today.

Hippie in Heels Travel Blog
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Hippie in Heels Travel Blog

Perhaps the best India travel blog on the internet, this blog has hundreds of articles on everything related to travel in India, with a special emphasis on the State of Goa.

Urdu Language Online Class
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Naveed Rehman- Urdu Class Online

Naveed is a professional Urdu teacher living in Lahore, Pakistan who offers affordable online Urdu (the national language of Pakistan) lessons.

Pakistan Traveller Book
Book

Pakistan Traveller

This is the most up to date and comprehensive guidebook on Pakistan that currently exists.

FB Backpacking Pakistan Group
Facebook Group

Backpacking Pakistan Facebook Group

A Facebook group where primarily foreign travelers can seek advice and receive real-time information on everything related to travel in Pakistan.

Africam
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Africam

Become a wildlife enthusiast by watching these live streams of animals in the African bush. You can see elephants, leopards, lions, crocodiles, impalas and much more!

Tripfiction
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TripFiction

Easily search this database to find books set in the travel destination of your choice, anywhere in the world.

Book

Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humor to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

Book

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s wit, research and superb writing scintillates once again in the telling of an incredibly exciting time in American history when multiple events and people helped shape the nation. Featured icons include Charles Lindbergh, Calvin Coolidge, and Babe Ruth, to name a few.

Free

Cascadia

Listen to Cascadia (2019) by Said the Whale (an alternative rock band from Vancouver, Canada), which references locations around North America’s Pacific Northwest and proposes the country of Cascadia.

Free

Roadtrippers

Make the most of your American or Canadian road trip with a vast database of points-of-interest (restaurants, attractions, etc.), snippets of historical and practical information, and an interactive route planner.

Free

Roadside America

Read historical accounts of silly roadside attractions in the United States and Canada; save them to your online account.

Game

Animal Jam

Learn about the animals of our world as you play minigames, attend virtual events, participate in scavenger hunts, and watch videos.

Free

Alpaca My Bags

A travel podcast that covers topics as diverse as cultural appropriation, voluntourism, and travel accessibility.

Blog

Lost With Purpose

An inspiring solo female travel blog that highlights offbeat destinations and encourages responsible travel.

Blog

A Dangerous Business

An informative blog with a focus on travelling responsibly and fitting more travel into your lifestyle through detailed posts and itineraries.

Book

Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope

Jho Low’s criminal activity in the financial world is detailed in what reviewers are calling a “thrilling” read about global intrigue, criminal activity and wealth porn. Low’s home country of Malaysia figures into the scene. Nothing short of a wildly fascinating thriller, only true.

Video

Borneo: Paradise Under Siege by National Geographic

Life and diversity were vibrant. And, while it still is, deforestation and palm oil plantations have caused serious hurt – to the tune of nearly 70% clearing. International pressure has forced Malaysia’s hand in taming this travesty, but the fight is still far from over.

The Sun also Rises
Book

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

It takes place in parts of Spain during the annual Running of the Bulls festivals of the north; a timeless tradition of Spanish culture which has changed very little but, yet, oh, so much.

As I walked out one midsummer morning
Book

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee’s explorer soul took him across the country; from the Galician port city of Vigo, over the Sierra de Guadarrama and into Madrid, and along the Costa del Sol — during a period of rare peace in Europe during those times.

World Heritage Journey YouTube Channel
Documentary

World Heritage Journey

A pair of Australian travel bloggers on an ambitious journey to document all 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and produce a brief documentary on each site.

Chronology Game
Game

Chronology Game

A card game for ages 14+ that helps players learn about world history and how the history of your travel destination fits into it.

Activity to do from home

Fluent Forever

Language learning that actually works, re-wiring your brain for hearing, speaking, and thinking in a new language.

Activity to do from home

Dark Site Finder

Site allows you to view sky darkness/brightness by region.

WhichBook
Book

Whichbook

Choose books based (among other variables) on the country where the story is set.

The Food Timeline Library
Activity to do from home

The Food Timeline

An enormous compendium of historical recipes and information about the history of food.

What People Wore When
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What People Wore When

A complete illustrated history of costume from ancient times to the nineteenth century for every level of society.

Familytree
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FamilyTree

A comprehensive website about genealogy research.

Ann Mustoe
Book

Lone Traveller by Anne Mustoe

Anne Mustoe was a retired schoolmistress turned round-the-world solo bicyclist who wrote a number of extraordinary memoirs detailing her travels. She’s a lay historian who plotted her trips around her historical interests.

Saga Museum
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The Saga Museum

Learn about the history and culture of Iceland on the Saga Museum website.

Books by David B. Williams
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GeologyWriter.com

The website of Seattle based geologist, naturalist, and historian, David B. Williams. Read his articles, blog posts, and books or sign up for one of his interesting tours of Seattle, which he is currently hosting virtually.

A Film About Jimi Hendrix
Documentary

A Film About Jimi Hendrix

Marvel in the genius of Jimi Hendrix as you watch him play in different locations throughout his life. The film also includes interviews with him and people in his circle.

Promised Land
Documentary

Promised Land

Award winning documentary about the Duwamish and Chinook tribes and their fight for the restoration of treaty rights.

Native Lands
App

Native Land

Website and app that allows us to learn who the indigenous people were/are in a particular area. We can learn more about the territories, treaties and languages of many regions around the world.

Mossback's Northwest
Free

Mossback’s Northwest

Knute Berger mines Seattle’s historical and cultural nuggets in these short and entertaining videos.

Orca Network
Free

Orca Network

Orca Network allows us to learn all about these majestic creatures and what we can do to protect them. We can also follow their most recent sightings in the area and be alerted when we can listen to them on the hydrophone.

Seattle Aquarium Logo
Good For Kids

Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium has many activities and lesson plans to enjoy from home to prepare for your trip.

Nick on the Rocks
Free

Nick on the Rocks

Plan a trip to Washington with Nick on the Rocks by learning about the geology of the state through short videos.

Hype!
Documentary

Hype!

Documentary about the grunge scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Pearl Jam 20
Documentary

Pearl Jam 20

Admire the masterful live performances and enjoy the history and interviews with, and about, the band.

Civil Rights and Labor History Project
Free

Civil Rights And Labor History Consortium

Explore this history of Civil Rights and Labor primarily of Seattle and Washington, but also more broadly of the nation. Learn through a variety of mediums, including lesson plans, oral history interviews, photographs, and more.

Jean Baptiste Lullaby video
Free

Jean Baptiste Lully

Listen to Miserere (1664) by Lully, Master of the King’s Music and considered the founder of French Opera.

Perrault's Fairy Tales, use it to plan your trip
Book

Perrault’s Fairy Tales

Written by the modern father of the fairy tale, and advisor to Louis XIV, Charles Perrault. Enjoy sharing these with the kids in your life while talking about how they are related to the culture of the time.

Plan a trip with Versailles TV show
TV Show

Versailles

Lavish TV series about Louis XIV as a young man. This historical fiction hit was the most expensive series ever produced in France.

Official App of the Palace of Versailles
Activity to do from home

Palace Of Versailles App

The official app for the Palace of Versailles allowing for a tour from home or in person.

Activity to do from home

Pocket Salsa

App that offers free salsa dance lessons.

Activity to do from home

How To Dance A Polka

Short tutorial teaching the Polka so you’ll be ready to kick up your heels on your next trip.

Ticket To Ride
Game

Ticket To Ride Europe

A top board game connecting some of the major cities of Europe, perfect to play before you buy a rail pass of your own! Extensions are available for Africa, Asia, Japan, Italy, Holland, Germany, France,England, the United States, and India.

Tokaido
Game

Tokaido

A beautiful and relaxing game exploring the old main road through Japan.

Activity to do from home

Ancestry.com

Engage in your ancestry research to help you plan very personal trips.

Civ VI
Game

Civilization VI

A fun game for world management. Adds a bit of history into the fun. Though not as good as Civ V, still great fun. 🙂

Book

We Followed Odysseus

Long time circumnavigators Hal and Margaret take us along a sailing voyage following Homer’s The Odyssey.

Game

Castles of Burgundy

Classic strategy game set in the Loire Valley of medieval France with great replay value.

Game

Ghost of Tsushima

Video game exploring history and culture of medieval Japan in the age of the samurai.

The Iliad
Book

Iliad

Homer’s classic 9th Century BCE poem about the Trojan War.

The Durrells In Corfu
Good For Teens

The Durrells In Corfu

Four Season Masterpiece Theater show based on Gerald Durrell’s best selling, My Family And Other Animals, set on the island of Corfu.

Free

Princess Mononoke

The animation and anime of Japan is at its best with Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke”.

Free

Authentic Dutch Windmill

Informative short film on the history of Dutch windmills on the website. This is also an opportunity to stay in a unique Miller’s cabin next to a 1632 Dutch Windmill, with a boat experience/tour available.

Book

The Book of the Burren

Comprehensive book about the history and natural history of the Burren region with each chapter written by an expert.

Activity to do from home

Rosetta Stone

Comprehensive language learning system offering instruction in 25 languages.

Good For Kids

The Secret of Kells

Animated film combining Celtic mythology and a fictional account of the history of the Book of Kells.

Activity to do from home

Preply

Online private language tutoring with skilled tutors from around the world.

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy
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