A LITTLE FLIGHT READING
Vantastic: Retro Caravan Holidays in the Modern World Kate Ulman Explore Australia, $29.95 CARAVAN holidays are back in fashion. Cute little Teardrops can be seen tootling along and styleconscious tourists are seeking out 1950s Airstreams in which to lodge at upmarket camping parks — there’s even one parked in the forecourt of the Vintage Hotel in busy central Brussels.
Victoria-based organic farmer and blogger Kate Ulman and her husband and three children successfully completed a sixmonth road trip by caravan and now she is right on trend with this cheery book about their preparations and adventures.
She has all the info on how to jazz up a retro van with vintage fabrics (including cushions made from colourful tea towels and picnic quilts from old bedsheets) and homespun accessories, and hit the road in comfort and style.
She includes practical advice on family caravanning plus easyto-follow tips on how to make pretty bunting, tin-can lanterns and casual caravan tucker such as corn fritters and fruit muffins. Jasmina Trifoni Edizioni White Star, $59.99 HOTon the heels of Lonely Planet’s comprehensive 1000 Ultimate Adventures (T&I, August 3-4) comes this more defined listing of 100 great active experiences by Italian writer Jasmina Trifoni.
Presented on glossy paper and with loads of excellent colour images, the book is divided into six categories — On Foot, On the Road, By Sea, On Two Wheels and Four Paws, Freshwater Journeys and Adrenalin.
The last-mentioned assembly is the most daring, suggesting myriad stunts for the extreme holiday-maker, from rafting the hippo-filled Zambezi River and heli-skiing in Canada’s Rocky Mountains to rock-climbing in Thailand’s Krabi and swimming with hammerhead sharks at Isla del Coco in Costa Rica.
We might all be getting weary of hearing about bucket-list experiences, but this book is perfect for travel trophy-hunters. ‘‘I’ve just been air trekking in Monteverde’’ does have a certain ring. More: peribo.com.au.