A LIT­TLE FLIGHT READ­ING

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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.

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