Book Shows How the Golden Age of Travel Inspires Nostalgia and Wanderlust Today

The cabin of a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar prototype, 1968 (Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
The cabin of a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar prototype, 1968 (Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

 

The journey to a luxurious vacation spot is easily soured by commuting delays, endless queues, and temper-raising time spent idling on the tarmac — but in decades past, many of the planet’s most pristine destinations weren’t accessible to travelers at all.

In Nostalgic Journeys: Destinations and Adventures from the Golden Age of Travel, Stefan Bitterle explores the moments in history that modern tourism was birthed. Fishing villages transformed to swanky beaches and humble inns blossomed into grand hotels; tucked-away mountain hamlets became choice locations for skiers and snowboarders.

Page through the volume to not only be reminded that traveling was once more than security checks and flight delays. Delightful photographs and invigorating history from the golden age of travel inspire both nostalgia and wanderlust in readers, make it a shelf necessity for avid adventurers and explorers.

Get your copy in May 2017, and take a sneak peak at what to expect below.

Jazz party in Miami Beach, 1930. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Jazz party in Miami Beach, 1930. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Traffic congestion on Daytona Beach, Florida, 1957 (J. Baylor Roberts/National Geographic/Getty Images)
Traffic congestion on Daytona Beach, Florida, 1957 (J. Baylor Roberts/National Geographic/Getty Images)
Farmers from the Dust Bowl regions laid waste by drought follow Route 66 on their way to California -photo titled Toward Los Angeles by Dorothea Lange, 1937 (Dorothea Lange/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Farmers from the Dust Bowl regions laid waste by drought follow Route 66 on their way to California -photo titled Toward Los Angeles by Dorothea Lange, 1937 (Dorothea Lange/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
An ice-skating waiter in St. Moritz, Switzerland, delivers gin and soda to British ladies, 1920s (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
An ice-skating waiter in St. Moritz, Switzerland, delivers gin and soda to British ladies, 1920s (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Traveling in a Volkswagen Bus on the way to the Teton Range in the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, 1965 (Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Traveling in a Volkswagen Bus on the way to the Teton Range in the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, 1965 (Archive Photos/Getty Images)
German movie star Marlene Dietrich with a pile of luggage en route to the USA on the ocean liner Bremen, 1931 (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
German movie star Marlene Dietrich with a pile of luggage en route to the USA on the ocean liner Bremen, 1931 (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Pullman sleepers with closable berths, 1934 (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Pullman sleepers with closable berths, 1934 (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
The Aloha Motel on the Atlantic coast, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 1960s (Photo by Eric Bard/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Aloha Motel on the Atlantic coast, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 1960s (Eric Bard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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