By SHERI RADFORD
Before your next flight, stop by a bookstore.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 ($16.99): This compendium awards Vancouver the #7 spot on the list of the world’s top 10 cities to visit in 2014, describing it as “nature’s eye-candy.” Also inside: the planet’s best honeymoon destinations, hidden foodie highlights, best luxury boot camps and more.
Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith ($16.99): Wonder what happens when you flush a toilet mid-flight? Or how bad turbulence has to be to damage a plane? Pilot Patrick Smith answers these questions and more in his provocative, funny book aimed at both frequent flyers and nervous-Nellie newbies.
Lonely Planet Vancouver, 6th Edition by John Lee ($24.99): Seasoned travellers are very familiar with Lonely Planet guidebooks, turning to them for honest reviews, insider tips, essential info and maps. This newly updated guide takes you to Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown and beyond.
A Fork in the Road edited by James Oseland ($17.99): How do travel and food shape our lives? In this collection of essays, writers and foodies such as Michael Pollan and Curtis Stone discuss everything from dining in Helsinki, Paris and Tuscany to eating Twinkies, fish heads and maggots.
Travel Listography: Exploring the World in Lists by Lisa Nola ($19.95): If you love both travelling and making lists, then this is the journal for you. Topics range from the expected (places one hopes to visit, world cuisines to try) to the sublimely idiosyncratic (where to time travel to).
Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures ($27.99): Use this book to draw up a bucket list, from bouldering in Squamish to mountain biking on the North Shore. Canada is named one of the world’s top 10 adventure nations, for the dog sledding, ice climbing, skiing and other activities that get hearts racing.