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

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Informational and informal. Bring your coffee, bring a friend.

Saturday, September 6th, 9 am Solo Travelers

This informal gathering is for travelers who meet and learn from each others’ travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.  This group meets each month on the 1st Saturday.

Tuesday, September 9th, 7 pmPalestine – People and Places with Joe Staiano

As this summary is written, Palestine is in midst of suffering devastating civilian losses at the hand of Israel attacks which are claimed to be in self-defense from Hamas terrorists.  Why and how does this inhumanity happen?  How can this madness stop?  Seattle’s Joe Staiano is an 80-country explorer, photographer, do-gooder, and founder of Meaningful Trip – a responsible travel tour company.  Joe spent an entire month in Palestine’s West Bank just last year.  Joe is personally heart-sick about recent events but sees the vital importance in bringing the Wide World Travel Store community and the Seattle community together so folks can learn more about Palestine:  this recent tragedy; the region; the complexities;  AND its incredible beauty.

The Israel / Palestine region is fraught with complexity, differing opinions, views and frameworks. “I went to bear witness… to see & learn first-hand the complexities of this region. The human rights abuses of Palestinians I saw every day made my head and heart hurt. Palestinians suffer ethnic cleansing, displacement, illegal settlements and refugees.” Despite all of the above, this is one of the most fascinating regions in the world to visit, a concentration of the three largest monotheistic religions; the most famous holy sites in the world; an area of simple desert beauty; amazing cuisine; and some of the warmest and hospitable people on the planet.  See photos, hear stories, share YOUR stories of this region.  This discussion night is open to ALL PERSONS, ALL RELIGIONS. We hope to have individuals from Palestine Solidarity committee, student groups, and others. We will maintain conversation and ask and answer questions with RESPECT, INTEGRITY and CIVILITY.

Tuesday, September 16th, 7 pmTrekking in the Himalayas: The Ins & Outs of the Ups & Downs with Pam Perry and Sheri Goodwin

Ever wanted to go trekking in Nepal but don’t know where to start? Come hear Pam Perry of Grand Asian Journeys and Sheri Goodwin of Transformational Journeys, both seasoned trekking veterans, talk about what you need to do to prepare for a Himalayan mountain adventure. How do I get prepared physically? Which is the right trek for me? What do I pack? How much will it cost? How much time do I need? How do I stay healthy? What about trekking options in Tibet, Bhutan or India? They’ll answer all of these questions and more. If you’ve ever dreamed of trekking in the Himalayas, this presentation is for you.

Saturday, September 20th, 9 am – Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each others’ travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road. Bring your coffee and your questions! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Thursday, September 25th, 7 pmWes Krause – Celebrating 30 Years of Madness!

Founded in 1984 by climbers and adventurers Scott Fischer and Wes Krause, Seattle-based tour company Mountain Madness is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Wes has a vast and impressive travel and adventure resume. Numerous climbs in Alaska and the Himalayas culminated in his being named co-leader, along with Scott, of the 1987 American Everest North Face Expedition. Wes later moved to East Africa where he was Director of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Kenya. During this time he and Fischer made the second ascent of the Breach Icicle on Kilimanjaro and pioneered the Shira Plateau Route.  Wes went on to develop new walking safaris and created the gold standard in logistics for East African adventures. Wes has lived in Arusha, Tanzania for nearly 30 years, where he directs the Kilimanjaro climbs and treks and safaris for Mountain Madness. Wes will be presenting a program and pictorial history of Mountain Madness, pioneering new routes on Kilimanjaro, safari stories and big mountains all over the world.  Join us in a fun evening of tales, reminiscing and a celebration of mountains, adventures and madness!   (Note the talk this week is on Thursday, instead of Tuesday.)

Tuesday, September 30th, 7 pmNicaragua with Jennifer Spatz

Join Jennifer Spatz of Global Family Travels in an incredible journey to delve into the culture and society of contemporary Nicaragua.  While both tours emphasize authentic cultural experiences to give you a true taste of Nicaragua, the trips’ highlights are in the personal connections made with the exuberant people who live there and the opportunity to participate in community projects that benefit the locals on Omtepe Island. Other highlights include wild Capuchin monkey spotting, swimming in the warm, fresh-water lake, enjoying local mangoes and other fresh fruits, searching for bargains in an arts market, and climbing a volcano through a rain forest.

  • Nicaragua: Bridging Cultures through Soccer: Pack up your cleats and head out with Global Family Travels to Ometepe Island in Nicaragua where you will teach and learn new skills in a remote, but beautiful setting. Working with a local soccer team, you and your family will help to improve the poor conditions of the sports fields and participate in games, activities and Nicaraguan culture.
  • Nicaragua: Learn, Serve, Immerse:  For our Service work, Global Family Travels is partnering with the Bainbridge –Omtepe Island Association and Si a la Vida, a 20 year NGO that assists homeless Nicaraguan youth.  We will work at the NGO’s center on Ometepe Island, an idyllic place in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, and participate in local homestays to get to know the local culture and its people.