Searching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary Experiences

Searching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary Experiences


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Explore over twenty-five amazing destinations with a focus on hiking and cultural sites away from tourist crowds.

Trek through untouched valleys with more sheep than people in the blustery Faroe Islands. Feel the heat of an ancient Buddhist fire ceremony in the secluded Kingdom of Bhutan. Discover these and more unique places across five continents through bite-sized narratives and on-the-ground travel advice.

Choose from six themes—wilderness treks, little-known hikes, ancient temples, rare festivals, fallen kingdoms and modern metropolises—to find unexpected wonders around our world. Taste the fiery sambal of Brunei’s Gadong Night Market or dance alongside your favourite Malipenga team on Malawi’s Likoma Island.

Peel away your assumptions and get ready to unwrap secluded places and far-off cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775039068
Publisher: Nancy O'Hare
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Nancy O'Hare is the author of Dust in My Pack and Searching for Unique. After a twenty-year career living and working around the world, O'Hare now writes about our exciting planet and its most unique places. She has travelled to over seventy countries and lived across five continents alongside her husband whose photography exposes remarkable landscapes and intriguing cultures. Together, they have transitioned from a corporate career to pursue their creative pursuits. Through her writing, she explores our planet, one country at a time.

O'Hare's love for nature and cultures is revealed in narratives pulled from all seven continents. Destinations are structured into themes, such as trekking and ancient sites.

Inspire your inner traveller with her refreshing perspective on little-known destinations.

Table of Contents




Chapter One: Wilderness Treks

Bhutan—Tackling the Snowman Trek

Bhutan—Treading Mystical Lands along the Merak to Sakteng Cultural Trek

Iceland—Finding Solitude in Eastern Iceland

Chapter Two: Little-Known Hikes

Colombia—Entering the Home of the Sun God in the Páramo de Ocetá

Cuba—Uniting Sierra, Cigars and Solitude in Parque Nacional Viñales

Faroe Islands—Dodging Wind and Rain across Vágar and Gjógv

Portugal—Capturing the Milky Way in Madeira

Chapter Three: Ancient Temples

Bhutan—Chasing Demons in Chimi Lhakhang

Myanmar—Biking through Bagan’s Four Thousand Temples

Myanmar—Meeting Monks in Nyaungshwe

Myanmar—Behold Gold and Treasure at Yangon’s Shwedagon Paya

Sri Lanka—Walking with Pilgrims at Mihintale

Sri Lanka—Scrambling Up the Boulder Temple of Pidurangala

Chapter Four: Rare Festivals

Bhutan—Unmasking the Yak Cham

Bhutan—Glimpsing Sakteng’s Secluded Ceremonies

Bhutan—Burning Arches and Masked Dancers at the Tamshing Phala Choepa

Bhutan—Translating Sutras inside Thimphu’s Buddha Dordenma

China—Unrolling Tibet’s Oldest Thangka at the Gyantse Festival

Malawi—Dancing the Malipenga on the Shores of Lake Malawi

Chapter Five: Fallen Kingdoms

Estonia—Unravelling Tragedy and Myth at Kuressaare Castle

Latvia—Finding Rugged Simplicity at Cēsis Castle

Lithuania—Mingling with the Old and New in Refined Vilnius

Sri Lanka—Delving into the Spiritual Past of Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka—Shifting Waters at the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Chapter Six: Modern Metropolises

Bhutan—A Trickle of Change Enters the Secluded Capital of Thimphu

Brunei Darussalam—Discover Bandar Seri Begawan’s Pulse beneath its Formal Facade

Cuba—Losing Yourself in Havana’s Tangle of Art, History and Authority

Myanmar—Mandalay’s Shimmer and Serenity

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Searching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary Experiences 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Searching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary Experiences by Nancy O' Hare is a fascinating book that speaks about the places that have left lasting and enigmatic memories. The charm of distant lands is always alluring to travelers and the book is a fine blend of adventure and cultural interactions that will ignite feelings of exploring new places in readers. Each chapter in the book speaks of a new topic. While Chapters 1 and 2 are about hiking and trekking, Chapter 3 explores the ancient temples that have come into prominence because of the modern-day interest in devotion, God, and spirituality. Chapter 4 throws light on the rare festivals, and the last chapter gives glimpses of these cities. The author chronicles her journey across five continents, fourteen countries, and over twenty-five specific destinations, and will encourage readers to travel and explore new destinations. So what are you waiting for? Let us join Nancy and travel to these incredible spots along with her! Whether it is the mysterious charm of Bhutan or the exquisite barrenness of East Iceland or the other not-so-often-traveled places, the author ignites a sense of adventure and curiosity in readers to discover remote places that are not popular travel destinations and their exotic cultures. There is something in the book for everyone, be it her trekking and hiking adventures, the mysticism of the temples and the festivals, or the culture of the places. Nancy's descriptions are detailed and descriptive and make her visits to these diverse locations vivid and colorful. Her travel experiences will give confidence and encouragement to many readers who want to visit unique destinations. The stories shared about these locations are wonderful and entertaining, and the book makes a good guide to all those who want to explore new places.
JennieR More than 1 year ago
This is the second travel guide by this author that I have had the pleasure of reading. The author lives the idea of experiencing new lands as a traveler instead of just a tourist. This volume takes us into the world of adventurous hikes, little-known festivals and Ancient Temples as well as Modern Metropolises. While most of these may not appear in anyone’s tops lists they are well worth your time and effort to discover. It also took me to countries where I have little knowledge i.e.: Bhutan, Myanmar, and Latvia. The author’s insider point of view takes you into the heart of the area and shares that view with the reader. I really enjoyed the chapter on Festivals and felt like I was sitting right there next to the author as she enjoyed little-known glimpses into various cultures.