How to Travel Practically Anywhere by Susan Stellin: From rating guidebooks and travel-info Web sites to offering this-minute info on renting houses overseas, Stellin (a New York Times contributor) serves up smart advice in a reader-friendly format.

It’s Not About the Tapas by Polly Evans: A fast-paced but reflective memoir about Evans’s six-week bike pilgrimage across Spain, complete with sherry binges, mongrel-dodging and watching Lois y Clark in dumpy motels.

Route 66 Adventure Handbook by Drew Knowles: Christened “The Mother Road” by John Steinbeck, the 80-year-old highway reaching from Chicago to L.A. is a festival of vintage Americana lovingly documented in this photo-illustrated guide.

Haunted Hikes by Andrea Lankford: The former National Park Service Ranger digs up a wealth of spooky lore about National Parks in North America, throwing in trail maps for the intrepid. Particularly rewarding for history lovers.

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