Free in-store events at our store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood:

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, January 26th, 7 pm – Iran with Rita Zawaideh

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, a trip to Iran will leave you sated with culture and history. The warmth of Iran’s people, the beauty of Iran’s natural world, and the magnificence of the monuments will make you wonder why you waited so long to succumb to her allure. On our tours, you will travel with experts who can ensure that you have access to these incredible sites and learning experiences. Visit the highlights of Iran, including Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz-the city of nightingales and poetry, and Isfahan-the city called Half the World. Our groups are small, allowing for a more intimate experience, easy communication with your guide, and ease of movement through sites. We operate tours with a minimum or 6 people and no more than 16. Presented by Rita Zawaideh, owner and CEO of Caravan Serai tours, which specializes in the Middle East and N. Africa. Iran is one of our most popular destinations. Rita was in Iran in October leading a 16 day tour with a group of 14 travelers from all over the US.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 7 pm – Tantalizing Thailand and Amazing Angor Wat with Reid Coen

Thailand has long been one of the foremost jewels of Southeast Asian travel.  Blessed with a dizzying array of natural wonders, a welcoming society, a splendid cultural heritage, and a well established tourism infrastructure, Thailand makes for a perfect first foray into Asian travel.  Furthermore, Thailand is a great bargain for American travelers, making this exotic destination increasingly attractive.  Join Reid Coen of Imprint Tours ( on a visual journey that takes in the best of Thailand’s sights plus a bonus of neighboring Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  Our virtual tour will include the Buddhist temples and imperial wonders of Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai, the spectacular natural wonders of the Andaman coast, and the World Heritage sites of Ayuthaya, Sukhothai, and Angkor Wat. Come learn the ins and outs of travel in this gateway to Southeast Asia.

Saturday, February 6th, 9 am Solo Travelers

This informal gathering is for travelers who meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.

Tuesday, February 9th,  7 pm – Colombia with Juliana Garcia

Mountain Madness guide, Patagonia Regional Ambassador, and the President of the Ecuador Alpine Club, Juliana Garcia, will provide stories from her recent trip to the mountains of Colombia. Come hear why it’s the best kept secret in South America- think Ecuador 30+ years ago. Located in the northeast portion of the Andes of Colombia, El Cocuy National Park and its highest peak offers easily accessible alpine terrain for trekking and easy glacier climbs to peaks over 17,000 feet. Combined with a fascinating tour of the vibrant metropolis of Bogotá, where you can visit the Police Museum, featuring exhibits of the notorious drug-lord Pablo Escobar, take in the Museo D’Oro, which features over 55,000 pieces of gold, and enjoy the interesting culture of this city of more than 8 million inhabitants and you have a complete South American adventure.

Tuesday, February 16th, 7 pm – Ethiopia:  Lion of Judah, Lion of Africa with Heather Murchison

For intrepid travelers looking for something a little different, Ethiopia has much to offer. As the only country in Africa never colonized, much of what you encounter is uniquely Ethiopian. Come for the ancient history, discover it’s natural beauty, and stay for its diverse culture and people.  Join Heather Murchison of Ponte Travels for a look at this fascinating country.

Saturday, February 20th, 9 am – Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.  Bring your coffee and your questions!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 7 pm – Patagonia with Evelyn Salinas

Evelyn Salinas, a native of Punta Arenas, Chile, has been leading adventure trips through Chilean Patagonia for more than 9 ​years. Also she has been hiking in almost all the continents on earth.  After moving to Seattle, she founded Crux Expeditions, which offers unique trips to explore the Patagonia and its abundant vistas and wildlife, enjoying glaciers, mountains, whales, penguins, and herds of guanacos. with trips sometimes extended to include North and center of Chile, Machu Picchu or the Peruvian Amazon.  Her trips are an inspiration to connect with nature, with one self  and with fellow adventurers.  Evelyn guides those with or without previous experience to enjoy kayaking, hiking on ice, horseback riding, or daylong trekking,  accompanied at all times by experienced guides. Evelyn will reveal Patagonia’s beauty through stunning photographs of the region. During this presentation, you will discover Patagonia’s biodiversity and adventure opportunities.  Come and enjoy this beautiful presentation of a truly magical place.