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

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

Wednesday, February 15th, 7 pm – The History of Safari and Immersion Travel Experiences with Global Family Travels

Africa is a destination on many bucket lists! Africa is a land of rich diverse cultures and many natural wonders, and is thought to be the cradle of human kind. The most captivating image of Africa is the adventure of getting close to untamed wildlife while on safari!  For those of us who’ve been lucky enough to go on safari, we remember that exhilarating moment… our first wild animal sighting!  But how did the modern day safari come to be? Join us as we discuss the history of safaris, and describe immersive travel experiences in Africa. Global Family Travels African tours emphasize authentic cultural immersion experiences to give you a true taste of Africa, while getting up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest animals in South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe!   Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse”, using travel as a means to build cultural bridges and foster global citizens. In partnership with community-based tour operators and local non-profit organizations, Global Family Travels creates service learning tours that include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, home stays, and participation in local service projects aimed at directly improving the lives of people in the communities we visit. Expect to expand your family circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip!

Saturday, February 18th, 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! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7 pm – A Walking Holiday Through the Heart of England with  British Footpath Guide Author Fred Austin

Are You A Walker? Can you walk around Greenlake twice in one day? Then here’s an invitation to explore paths in England. Fred & Donna Austin, authors of the British Footpath Guides, will share experiences along canal paths of England. Walk along our Watercrest Way from Winchester Cathedral to Farnham (to be published 2018). Explore secret corners of the Isle of Wight and learn why it’s called England in miniature.  Learn independent walking by carrying a 10-12 lb pack, finding friendly B&Bs, and ambling at your own pace – all at such reasonable costs. You will return again and again to England!

Saturday, February 25th, 11 am – Special Event – Sustainable Tourism in Zimbabwe and Conservation of the Endangered Painted Dog

Global Family Travels is thrilled to kick off the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by hosting a free event about the Conservation of the Painted Dog and Sustainable Tourism in Zimbabwe, perfectly aligned with this United Nations’ declaration. In support of its mission to learn, serve & immerse, using travel as a means to build cultural bridges and to foster global citizens, Global Family Travels has teamed up with the Painted Dog Research Trust USA to host a family-friendly, educational event about the Conservation of the Painted Dog as well as a community-based safari in July/August of 2017designed to support these efforts.  Two special guest speakers, Dr. Greg Rasmussen Founder of Zimbabwe’s Painted Dog Research Trust  & Carrie Culp  Founder of Painted Dog Research Trust -USA, will give an engaging presentation on what efforts are being taken to help conserve the species, as well address how community-based tourism has benefited the protection of the dog.

 Wednesday, March 1st, 7 pm – The Syrian Refugee Crisis with Rita Zawaideh

Rita Zawaideh is the CEO of Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM), a cultural and humanitarian aid organization based here in Seattle. SCM is currently focused on bringing aid to the Syrian refugees in Greece and Jordan, as well as here in Washington State. The people SCM is helping have fled violence and war in their home country and are seeking refuge where they can. Their journeys are fraught with dangers; from the moment they begin they are subjected to weather, unscrupulous people who try to take advantage of them, dangerous water crossings, starvation, disease, and violence. Even reaching a camp in Greece is no guarantee of safety. Rita will discuss the refugee crisis, what SCM is doing to help, including their medical and humanitarian missions to Greece and Jordan, and what the world is doing about one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our lifetimes.  Visit their Facebook page for information about the many ways they (and and potentially you) are helping these refugees.

Saturday, March 4th, 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.  This group meets each month on the 1st Saturday.

Wednesday, March 8th, 7 pm – A Midlife Escape to Rome with Author Judith Works

Join Judith Works, for a discussion about her delightful memoir, Coins in the Fountain: A Midlife Escape to Rome.  With middle age looming, Judith decided it was time for a change.  Casual conversations about far-off travels with husband Glenn became a reality when she landed a dream job at the United Nations in Rome, Italy.  Coins in the Fountain brings to life the challenges of acclimating to the beautiful and chaotic ancient city of Rome.  Works shares her struggles to learn the arcane rules and folkways of the UN, while Glenn begins his valiant effort to cook Italian style.  Together, they seek la dolce vita, but with an extraordinary count and countess for friends, snakes and unexploded bombs on the golf course, and a sinking sailboat, the unexpected was always just around the corner.  Through wit, wry humor, and descriptions of food and travel adventures, Works takes you on a journey into the heart of what it is truly like to live in the Eternal City.

Wednesday, March 15th, 7 pm – Walking England’s Historic Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland’s Antonine Wall with Sheri Goodwin

Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall were built over 1,800 years ago as defensive fortifications by the Romans stationed on the frontier of the empire. The more popular of the two, Hadrian’s Wall, located in Northern England is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was built in AD 122, spans 117 kilometers (83miles) and can be followed on foot along the Hadrian’s Wall Path. The trek along the old wall with its active archeological sites, museums, lively pubs, B&B’s, and beautiful countryside has become popular as an adventure walker’s destination. The Antonine wall, located in Scotland between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde represented the northernmost frontier fortification of the Roman Empire for only 20 years.  It was built 20 years after Hadrian’s Wall in AD 142 and spans 63 kilometers (39 miles). Unlike Hadrian’s Wall, the ruins of the Antonine wall are less evident yet still profound and there are many historical and unique modern sites that you will see along the way. Learn the history of these walls, walking routes, places to stay along the way, what to pack, when to go and more! Training insights will be provided for this physical adventure, so that you don’t just survive your journey, you THRIVE! Sheri Goodwin taught and coached in the Shoreline School district for 13 years before starting her dream business, Transformational Journeys (, where she helps prepare clients physically and mentally for their adventures.  She can be reached at

Saturday, March 18th, 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! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.