A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler

A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler

by Thalia Zepatos
     
 

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Tales of cross-cultural encounters and self-discovery from a wide array of women travelers add spice to expert and detailed advice on practical matters such as dealing with sexual harassment, staying healthy, traveling safely, avoiding theft, finding the cheapest airline tickets, and managing a long trip. While encouraging solo travel, the author carefully explores… See more details below

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Tales of cross-cultural encounters and self-discovery from a wide array of women travelers add spice to expert and detailed advice on practical matters such as dealing with sexual harassment, staying healthy, traveling safely, avoiding theft, finding the cheapest airline tickets, and managing a long trip. While encouraging solo travel, the author carefully explores travel with a partner and discusses topics such as how to ease into solo travel, how to make partner travel work, and how to travel with a child successfully. Particular attention is given to traveling outside the West, with a focus on matters such as getting acquainted with new cultures, accepting hospitality, bargaining, and arranging a homestay. The second edition of A Journey of One's Own is revised and completely updated. Two new chapters and two new travel stories further enhance this bestselling travel resource, with its unique blend of the useful, the entertaining, and the inspiring.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Zepatos, a traveler and lecturer, offers this guide for the independent woman who wishes to do extensive traveling on her own. Much of the book is directed toward helping women make decisions about whether to travel alone, with a companion, or in a group and how to handle extended travel to remote locations around the globe. Information is included for lesbians traveling alone or with a partner, and the author emphasizes homeopathic and natural remedies to combat illness. Although aimed at women, the book contains much valuable information for travelers in general, especially those considering a trip of several months or more. Narratives by the author and other women who have traveled to distant lands add flavor to this unusual guidebook. For alternative travel collections.--Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
Booknews
The subject has great market potential, and probably a slap-dash listing of do's and don't's could have enticed some buyers. Happily, Eighth Mountain Press (624 Southeast 29th Ave., Portland, OR 97214) has brought us something far better. Zepatos draws on her own and others' travel experience to present a skillfully written and organized compendium of information and inspiration. She takes care to speak to a wide audience--giving consideration to women of various ages, circumstances, and motivations. Evocative "Travelers' Voices" vignettes are interspersed with practical information and guidance, conveyed with enthusiasm and honesty. Notes and references are thorough. Unfortunately, no index is provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ryn Etter
Experienced and wannabe travelers alike will find things of interest in this detailed, entertaining book encouraging women to "stop waiting and start traveling." Zepatos bases her advice culled from personal experience and conversations with others on three premises: traveling independently is a state of mind and a state of being, women travelers face particular challenges, and women travel differently than most men. Proceeding from basics to specifics, her eight chapters cover such topics as solo traveling, group traveling, and traveling with a child; baggage, bargaining, and getting off the beaten track; safe sex and health; cheap airline tickets and good cameras; language and culture; concerns for lesbian travelers, travelers over 50, and differently abled travelers; and socially responsible travel to other countries. She also includes a timely and extensive resource section.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933377370
Publisher:
Eighth Mountain Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.20(d)

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