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If you are planning on visiting the Canadian part of the Rocky Mountains that is situate west of Calgary then this tip might interest you.

The closest city in between the Alberta mountains is Canmore which is situated in the Bow Valley. An area that held the 1988 Calgary winter Olympics which turned the town into the holiday resort it is today. Known for its skiing as well as a series of hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, and paved trails that traverse the Canmore area.

Accomondation in the area can be quite hard to find sometimes depending on the season but one should check out the Canmore rentals that are available especially if you feel like pampering yourself after a hard day in the nature.

For more information on low-price condos with a little more luxury and great prices, check out the availability in Canmore on


When travelling you usually have a lot of time on your own even if you travel as a couple or a group of friends. You need time for yourself and to regenerate your own mind and will after or during a long day of travels and experiences.
These are 7 tips of books that are great for reading while on the road anywhere.

What do you like to read when travelling?

The classic work of the Beatnick writer Jack Kerouac named “On the road” is a “must-to-read” for any traveller due to the impact it had on its generation and still has today.  First released in 1957 it still is ranking highly on several lists as for example Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels published from 1923 to 2005.
Available in paperback, hardcover and in Kindle version.



“Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer is the real-life story a young man from a well-to-do family that in April 1992 hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given his savings of $25,000 to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.  His dead body was found four months later in a hunting lodge by a moose hunter.
Available in paperback, Hardcover and Kindle version

Dom Joly is a British television comedian, journalist, an author with several books to his name, and an award-winning travel writer for both the Sunday Times and the Mail On Sunday. In 2010 he published the book “The Dark Tourist” which is a self experienced diary as he skis in Iran on segregated slopes, spends a weekend in Chernobyl, tours the assassination sites of Cambodia and becomes one of the few Westerners to be granted entry into North Korea. Eventually he returns back home to his roots in Beirut where he grew up only to discover he was at school with Osama Bin Laden. A very funny and inspirational book about traveling to “dark” places on earth. Available as paperback only.

Set predominantly in Mumbai, India the book Shantaram by Gregory Roberts is a must-read for anyone who is visiting the Asian subcontinent. The plot is based loosely on real life, where the author escapes prison in Australia and flees to Indian on a false passport. A series of incidents force him to call the slums of Mumbai his home, where he becomes a local (untrained) doctor. As time progresses he ends up in prison, fighting in Afghanistan, working for the Mumbai mafia and so on. A big book its good for long travels. Available as paperback as well as Hardcover and Kindle version.

“Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson is the true story about his failed attempt to summit K2 in 1993 (the world’s most difficult mountain to climb), where he on his descent was so exhausted that he almost collapsed when a local tribe took him in and saved his life. As a repay for them saving his life he told them he would build them a school. With the threat of Islamic militants, kidnaps by the Taliban and a host of other problems Greg has now built 131 schools across Pakistan and Afghanistan, educating 60,000 kids.
Available as paperback, Hardcover and Kindle version.

A collection of memories, photographs, songs and customs written by a Romani Traveller author Maggie Smith-Bendell holds the name “Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two”. The book describes the author’s childhood, living within a traditional Romani Travelling community before concluding with a number of chapters which describe the ways in which the author attempted to raise the awareness of `Gypsy’/Traveller ethnic groups and also how she fought numerous local councils and authorities for basic human rights.
Available as paperback and Kindle version.

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a children’s book that you are probably familiar with. Since its publication in 1943, it’s been translated into over 250 languages and become one of the best-selling books ever written. People get whimsical tattoos of its illustrations. You should take it with you and read it when you’re waiting for a train, a plane or a bus. You should read it to your children. Barring that, you should find someone else’s children and read it to them. Sometimes things become famous because they’re really, really good.
Available as paperback, Hardcover and Kindle version.