Travel Briefs: Adventure Book, New England, Eichmann Exhibit – ABC News

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Ever wish you could just walk away from your everyday life and go on a grand adventure?

That’s the spirit behind a new book, “Grand Adventures: Dream Big, Plan Quick, Go Explore,” by Alastair Humphreys.

Humphreys calls himself a professional adventurer, having bicycled around the world, walked across India and rowed the Atlantic. But he insists that he’s not especially “brave, strong or athletic.” Rather, he insists that “living adventurously … is nothing more than a choice.” His book, he says, is designed to help people overcome the mental obstacles that keep them from realizing their adventure dreams.

“Grand Adventures” offers strategies for dealing with obstacles like finding the money and time to travel, dealing with commitments and relationships while you’re away, planning and logistics. Quotes and anecdotes from ordinary folks offer inspiration and advice on adventures ranging from relatively simple trips like backpacking around Europe to extremely challenging undertakings like traveling to the North and South Pole.

But it all boils down to Humphreys’ simple to-do list: Start saving and planning your finances, cut down on spending, discuss your plan with loved ones, make a commitment to a departure date, book your first flight, make plans for health care while traveling, prepare for emergencies, organize equipment and sort through whatever bureaucratic hurdles might exist.

The final step on that list is simple: “Begin!”



Yankee magazine’s May-June issue includes a travel guide to New England this summer with “editors’ choice” picks for lodging, dining, attractions and events.

For Connecticut, the magazine’s recommendations include Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market in New Milford, the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, the Union League Cafe in New Haven and the 20th Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 11-14 in Hebron.

For Rhode Island, bests include a sunset walk in Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown; the Renaissance Providence, a recently renovated landmark property; Crazy Burger in Narragansett and the June 24-26 Flower Show in Newport.

Yankee’s suggestions for New Hampshire include The Music Hall in Portsmouth, which hosts a variety of speakers and writers; themed lodging at Adventure Suites in North Conway; The Cave bar at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods; and the White Mountain Boogie N’Blues Festival, Aug. 19-21 in North Thornton.

In Vermont, the list includes the famous Vermont Country Store in Weston; The Lang House, a Victorian B&B in Burlington; Martone’s Market & Cafe in Essex Junction and the “Strolling of the Heifers & Slow Living Summit,” June 3-5, Brattleboro, where calves decked in flowers parade down Main Street.

On the Massachusetts list, recommendations include the Cape Cod Rail Trail from Dennis to Wellfleet, the Beach Breeze Inn in Falmouth, Woods Hill Table in Concord and of course, the Tanglewood concert series in Lenox.

And in Maine, check out whitewater rafting at The Forks, the Samoset resort on Penobscot Bay in Rockport, traditional Acadian food at Dolly’s in Frenchville and Acadia National Park, which is celebrating its centennial this year with festivals, concerts and more.



An exhibit at a Cleveland museum about the capture of one of World War II’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann, has been extended.

“The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will run until July 24. It was originally scheduled to close June 12 but the extended period keeps the show open through the Republican National Convention, which takes place in Cleveland July 18-21.

Eichmann was responsible for the transport of millions of Jews to Nazi death camps. He fled when Germany was defeated. He was eventually captured in Argentina in 1960 and smuggled out of the country to Israel, where he was tried as an escaped war criminal and hanged.

The exhibit includes the bulletproof booth where Eichmann sat during his trial and other artifacts, along with interactive experiences that allow visitors to feel what it was like to sit in the courtroom as Holocaust survivors told their stories.

The museum was founded by Milton Maltz, who also founded Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum.


Travel Briefs: Adventure Book, New England, Eichmann Exhibit – ABC News