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See below for the list of 2024 winners in the TRAVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

The Dayhiker's Guide to the National Parks: 280 Trails, All 63 Parks
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Michael Joseph Oswald

Publisher: Stone Road Press

ISBN: 9781621280798

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The National Park Service manages more than 21,000 miles of hiking trails across 85 million acres of land. Yellowstone alone is home to more than 1,000 miles within its 2.2 million acres. The Dayhiker's Guide is designed to help you find your trails at all 63 National Parks.

Exploring Austin with Kids: Over 100 Fun Things to Do
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Annette Lucksinger

Publisher: Stomping Grounds Press

ISBN: 9780991227044

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With over 100 family-focused outings, 25 annual events, and the best kid-friendly restaurants, this guidebook makes it easy to explore Austin, Texas, with kids. Whether you are a new parent, grandparent, visitor, or local looking for added adventure, this book guides you to the city's vibrant kid culture.

Wonder Year: A Guide to Long-Term Family Travel & Worldschooling
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: Julie Frieder, Angela Heisten, Annika Paradise

Publisher: Wonderwell

ISBN: 9781637560242

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If you’ve ever dreamed about an epic family adventure and heading out on the road for a few months or more, Wonder Year is for you. Part inspiration and part how-to, this book demystifies the seemingly outrageous prospect of embarking on a long-term family trip and using the world as a classroom for your kids―a trailblazing approach known as worldschooling.

See below for the list of 2023 winners in the TRAVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

The Photographer's Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Erik Stensland

Publisher: Rocky Trail Press

ISBN: 978-1-970099-03-4

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If you want to take stunning photos while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, then you will want this book in your pack. In it you’ll find 136 photo locations, custom maps, color photos, as well as advice from one of the premier photographers of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hazelet's Journal: Travel Edition - A Riveting Alaska Gold Rush Saga
2023 Silver Winner

Author: George Cheever Hazelet

Publisher: Old Stone Press

ISBN: 978-1-938462-59-7

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This TRAVEL EDITION is designed in a paperback format, lightweight to fit inside a backpack to read (no wifi required) as the traveler makes his or
her way to the town of Valdez, the staging site of the old 1898 pioneer tent city and trailhead of the Alaska gold fields.

Who Will Accompany You? My Mother-Daughter Journeys Far From Home and Close to the Heart
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Meg Stafford with Kate Stafford and Gale Stafford

Publisher: River Grove Books

ISBN: 978-1-63299-490-5

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Award-winning memoirist Meg Stafford has an adventurous spirit. Visiting one daughter meditating in the Himalayas and the other providing unarmed accompaniment in the Colombian countryside, Stafford’s insights are generous, thoughtful, and deeply funny. She is the ideal tour guide for a journey as big as the world and as intimate as the human heart.

See below for the list of 2022 winners in the TRAVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

A Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Ron Clements

Publisher: Imbrifex Books

ISBN: 978-1-9455-0173-9

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Get your balls, bats, and sticks on Route 66! In this groundbreaking new guidebook, sports writer and lifelong sports fan Ron Clements goes beyond nostalgic buildings and classic cars to highlight historic sports venues, storied sports professionals, and current sports events along the Mother Road.

Adventure in Zanskar: A Young Woman's Solitary Journey to Reach Physical and Metaphysical Heights
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Amy Edelstein

Publisher: Emergence Education Press

ISBN: 9781735265087

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In 1983 Amy journeyed to the Himalayas, Zanskar, India. Traveling alone, she crossed 16,000ft mountains, slept in caves, met Buddhist masters, and discovered a rare harmonious culture. Adventure in Zanskar is an inner quest, daring mountain adventure, story of women’s empowerment, and proof that we can live an awakened life and be truly happy. 

A September to Remember: Searching for Culinary Pleasures at the Italian Table
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Carole Bumpus

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-727-2

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A cultural and gastronomic tour through Italy by train, car, and ferry with culinary delights at every turn...Elaborate descriptions of almost every meal and snack turn this compelling and humorous travel book into an enjoyable vicarious experience...A joyous book of Italian history, traditions, and food that’s worth savoring. Recipes included.

See below for the list of 2021 winners in the TRAVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Baggage: Confessions of a Globe-Trotting Hypochondriac
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Jeremy Leon Hance

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-7573-2206-8

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An award-winning journalist chronicles his eco-adventures with his three traveling companions: his fiancée, his OCD, and his chronic anxiety. Baggage is a hilarious jaunt that will inspire travelers, environmentalists, and anyone with mental illness. It will motivate people to step out of their comfort zones and take the road meant to be traveled.

Exploring Wine Regions — Bordeaux France: Discover Wine, Food, Castles, and the French Way of Life
2021 Silver Winner

Author and Photographer:  Michael C. Higgins, PhD

Publisher: International Exploration Society

ISBN: 978-0-9969660-2-3

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Explore the beautiful wine regions of Bordeaux France with this insiders travel-guide of spectacular photography, romantic conversation, cultural exploration, inspiring education, captivating adventures into the depths of travel, food and wine connoisseurship. The book is a coffee-table quality travel guide with fun personal narratives for travel, wine and food lovers.

Wherever the Road Leads: A Memoir of Love, Travel, and a Van
2021 Silver Winner

Author: K. Lang-Slattery

Publisher: Pacific Bookworks

ISBN: 978-1-7342796-4-1

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Newlyweds travel four continents living in a VW van in a world before the Internet and cell phones. Descriptions of travel experiences are mixed with details of van-life chores, marketing and cooking on the road, mechanical problems, people encountered along the way, and intimate moments of love and discord.    


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the TRAVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: The Essential Guide
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Erik Stensland

Publisher: Rocky Trail Press

ISBN: 978-0-9969626-8-1

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Everything you need to know about hiking Rocky Mountain National Park from what to wear to encountering wildlife along with stunning photos and custom maps.

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A Textile Traveler's Guide to Guatemala
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Deborah Chandler

Publisher: Thrums Books

ISBN: 978-1-7323528-4-1

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Geared to independent-minded travelers, this is an excellent resource for discovering artisans, markets, shops, and those storied regional textile traditions.

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A Textile Traveler's Guide to Peru & Bolivia
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Cynthia LeCount Samake

Publisher: Thrums Books

ISBN: 978-1-7323528-5-8

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From some of the world’s finest knitting in the Peruvian highlands to the intricate weaving of Bolivia, readers will discover the color, joy, and culture of traditional textiles.

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