Rediscovering Travel : A Guide for the Globally Curious
by Kugel, Seth

Chapter 1 Rediscovering Travel
Chapter 2 Organic Experiences
Chapter 3 Why We Travel
Chapter 4 Technology and Travel
Chapter 5 Risk and Travel
Chapter 6 People and Travel
Chapter 7 Money and Travel
Chapter 8 Bad Influences, Good Travelers
Appendix 1 Travel Mode281(6)
Appendix 2 A Mini-Guide to Risk Assessment and Reduction287(10)

Challenges the practices of the travel industry, sharing stories of memorable discoveries and misadventures that demonstrate how to enjoy a technology-balanced vacation.

It's the rare trip that involves a stop at a local, Hungarian distillery; an invitation to a family dinner in southern Turkey; or a lesson in South Carolinian alligator trapping. With both a willingness to reach out to strangers and a remarkable sense of adventure, Kugel has found himself in these three and many other notable situations during his extensive travels. The former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist, Kugel here outlines different ways to consider world travel beyond "best of" websites and hour-by-hour itineraries. Covering topics including the reasons why we travel, safety and risks, effective technology use, and the ethics of travel, he writes for he writes both for families with one week of vacation per year and for solo travelers with months to spend abroad. Kugel's sense of humor and varied experiences make the book an enjoyable, informative read. Whether their ideal vacation is a week on a Caribbean beach or two months motorbiking around Vietnam, readers will feel encouraged to reconsider how they approach their next trip away from home. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

The former "Frugal Traveler" columnist for the New York Times encourages anxious tourists toward more adventurous travel in this helpful, humorous, and opinionated guide.Using anecdotes from his plentiful experience to illustrate his points, but without indulging in personal history for its own sake, Kugel makes the case that low-budget, minimally planned travel can be more rewarding than a journey insulated from risk and serendipity. As he writes, "people who inhabit the still-plentiful tourist-free swaths of the planet tend to be not only just nicer, but also more curious." The author isn't afraid to complain about what he sees as problems in the tourist industry, such as the tendency of travel writers to be funded by the places about which they are writing, resulting in unnaturally positive reviews, and the use of points programs to choose a place to stay. He advocates for gradually upping one's tolerance for adventure. "Talk to three strangers a day," he writes. "Smile an d ask a question." Or try the "microadventure" of "ordering a menu item you've never heard of. If you hate it, you still have a story to tell." Though Kugel offers a few pieces of advice from female travelers, he writes primarily of his experience as a straight white American male. While recognizing the value of travel apps, he recommends that travelers use them sparingly. Instead of using TripAdvisor to find a predictably pleasant restaurant, for example, he recommends wandering around looking into windows or asking a stranger for advice. Appendices get down to the nitty-gritty of preparing for a trip, including detailed recommendations for assessing and reducing risk at every stage of travel, from "preliminary thinking" ("realize you're not perfectly safe back home, either") to "prior to departure" ("consider evacuation insurance") to "during the trip" ("Dare to ask taxi drivers to drive more slowly"). Travelers both timid and daring will find plenty of useful advice in th i s perceptive and provocative volume. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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