A Journey of One's Own, 3rd Edition: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler

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Originally published in 1992, with a second edition in 1996, A Journey of One’s Own has sold over68,000 copies. Praised by travel experts across the spectrum, from Glamour to The Women’s Review of Books, from The Whole Earth Catalog to American Express, U.S. News and World Report, and Parade, and written about in over forty major dailies, A Journey of One’s Own has become an established title in the travel book category.

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Overview

Originally published in 1992, with a second edition in 1996, A Journey of One’s Own has sold over68,000 copies. Praised by travel experts across the spectrum, from Glamour to The Women’s Review of Books, from The Whole Earth Catalog to American Express, U.S. News and World Report, and Parade, and written about in over forty major dailies, A Journey of One’s Own has become an established title in the travel book category.

Although geared to women and including much information specific to women (how to deal with sexual harassment, for example) A Journey of One’s Own has also found an audience with men who value the extensive information and excellent advice that is not gender-specific.

The third edition sports a livelier and more compact text design, a smaller format, and shorter page count. The author has thoroughly updated the material and added new sections on health, safety, and traveling during times of international upheaval.

Yet, the basic structure has been maintained: excerpts from many women’s travel stories are interlaced with -detailed advice on practical matters (how to stay healthy, be safe, avoid theft, etc.). And the author’s own stories, which reflect on political and cultural explorations from her extensive travels, are engaging and thoughtful, and add depth to discussion of issues such as getting acquainted with new cultures, accepting hospitality, bargaining, and communicating without language.

"Thalia Zepatos is . . . teacher, spokeswoman, and heroine of sorts to a generation of travelers, both women and men, who understand travel as more than the periodic recreational migration that our commercial culture promotes."—Seattle Times

"Superlatives generally make us suspicious, but we must say: This is THE best women’s travel resource we’ve seen, ever. . . . It’s authoritative; it’s supportive; it’s amusing; it really does have it all."—New York Daily News

Thalia Zepatos is the author of Adventures in Good Company and Women for a Change: A Grassroots Guide to Activism and Politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933377523
  • Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Traveling Alone or with Others?
The Benefits of Traveling Alone 13
Partner Travel--Is Your Trip Negotiable? 14
Travel Questionnaire 17
Group Travel 19
2 Going Solo
Trying On Solo Travel for Size 25
Travelers' Voices: Linda Besant 27
Loneliness 28
On Keeping a Journal 30
In the Ladies' Compartment 35
3 Traveling with a Partner
How to Make Partner Travel Work 41
Finding a Travel Partner 43
Dealing with Money 44
Travelers' Voices: Kay Grasing 45
Traveling with a Child 47
Travelers' Voices: Barbara Gundle 48
4 Creating Your Own Journey
Dig Your Roots 53
Thea Maria 56
Arrange Your Own Homestay 59
Dona Tito 64
Give Your Trip a Special Focus 66
Travelers' Voices: Avel Gordly 68
Get Involved 70
At Bhagavatula Charitable Trust 77
Step Off the Beaten Track 79
Travelers' Voices: Susan Sygall 86
Sign Up for Adventure 88
Travelers' Voices: Kathleen Saadat 89
5 Lessons of a Traveler
Socially Responsible Travel 95
Of Galleries and Gamelans 98
Getting Acquainted with New Cultures 102
Travelers' Voices: Carrie Parrish 108
Travelers' Voices: Lillian Pitt 109
Accepting Hospitality 112
Nasdrovia! 115
Bargaining 119
Without Language 124
In the Akha Village 127
Romance and Sex 133
Babi 135
6 Safe Passage
Handling Sexual Harassment 139
Flat Broke and Female in Florence 149
Avoiding Theft 156
Travel Insurance 166
Changing Money 168
Food and Water Precautions 172
Staying Healthy 177
How Not to Get Lost 190
Traveling in Turbulent Times 193
7 Traveling Smart and Light
What to Take and How to Pack It 201
Choosing Luggage 208
Choosing a Camera 210
Don't Get Framed by Your Camera 214
Selecting Guidebooks 217
Low Cost Travel to Expensive Places 220
How to Find the Cheapest Airline Tickets 225
Seasonal and Weather Planning 231
8 Extended Travel
How Long Is Long Enough? 237
Putting Your Life on Hold 238
Your Home Secretary 242
Finances and Record-Keeping on the Road 245
Mail Call 248
Working Abroad 252
The Shock of Culture 255
A Final Word 258
Notes 259
Resources 260
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