Searching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary Experiences by Nancy O'hareSearching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary Experiences by Nancy O'hare

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

byNancy O'hareEditorSusan Fitzgerald

Paperback | November 22, 2018

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Why choose between a travel story or a guidebook when Searching for Unique gives you both?

After travelling to over seventy countries and living in five, the author distills the best undiscovered destinations and shares insider advice. Searching for Unique is meant for travellers seeking hidden sights that most people overlook or simply do not know exist.

Discover more than twenty-five places across five continents through bite-sized narratives that fit into your busy, pre-trip schedule. 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.

Explore 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.

Where will your unique search take you?

Nancy O'Hare has travelled to over seventy countries and lived across five continents. Each move spurred her passion for diverse cultures and propelled her to seek out unique experiences. O'Hare's husband shares her passion to visit distant lands and captures remote scenes in his photography. Together, they have transitioned from a cor...
Title:Searching for Unique: A Traveller's Guide to Extraordinary ExperiencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:November 22, 2018Publisher:Nancy O'HareLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1775039064

ISBN - 13:9781775039068


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 Cesis 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
About the Author
Other Books by the Author

Editorial Reviews

Once again Nancy O’Hare transports you to destinations you may not even dream of. It is gratifying that these adventures invoking treks, festivals and fallen kingdoms to name a few are so thoughtfully recounted. To quote from a chapter in Rare Festivals: “ I felt like I had fallen into another world, a valley where arts, tradition and a little bit of modern technology blended together.” Nancy’s unique stories will take you chapter by chapter through these communities and landscapes and will give you a different perspective to your interactions in your next travels. Searching for Unique was just that, a compilation that threads together Nancy’s travels in a way that allows you to pick up any chapter and immerse yourself in her next adventure. Not only that, Nancy provides invaluable information at the end of each story in hopes that this may be a jumping off point in your own ‘search for unique’.Nancy McNair, travel lover and marketing enthusiast