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Lonely Planet knows that some of life's funniest experiences happen on the road. Whether they take the form of unexpected detours, unintended adventures, unidentifiable dinners or unforgettable encounters, these experiences can give birth to our most profound travel lessons and illuminations, and our most memorable - and hilarious - travel stories. This collection presents 31 globe-girdling tales that run the gamut from close-encounter safaris to loss-of-face follies, hair-raising rides to culture-leaping brides, eccentric expats to mind-boggling repasts, wrong roads taken to agreements mistaken. The collection brings together some of the world's most renowned travelers and storytellers with previously unpublished writers.

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...will provide a riotous howl and a yen to wander
— Publishers Weekly, July 11, 2005
Publishers Weekly
Although the essays in this anthology of travel pieces are by an unusual mix of veteran travel writers and beginners, common threads run throughout: travel is surprising; it often tries your patience; and it teaches life lessons. Selected from entries in a competition on the Lonely Planet Web site, these tales of global journeys are almost uniformly funny. In "Blackout in Ushuaia," novelist and editor Michelle Richmond takes advantage of the lights going out on vacation at a South American ski resort with her husband by seizing the moment for a little lovemaking. Getting locked inside a Dutch men's room has travel writer Doug Lansky feeling like he's doing time in a solitary jail cell. In "The Afghan Tourist Office," first-time writer Alexander Ludwick tries to extend his visa with a nutty singing and dancing official who does a manic jog before applying his rubber stamp to the author's documents. Although a few stories in this book are too short to elicit a belly laugh, others will provide a riotous howl and a yen to wander. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This is a somewhat frivolous collection of anecdotes meant to entertain rather than educate. Editor George (Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing) commissioned work from 31 enthusiastic travel writers-most professional (e.g., Jan Morris, Tim Cahill, Pico Iyer) but a few amateur. The book begins with a belly laugh-and a bang-when Brit Danny Wallace encounters an Uzi-toting taxi driver in Prague, one of his several sinister yet silly experiences in the Czech capital. Tim Cahill then offers some payback laughs about a traveling companion, while Bill Fink demonstrates the folly of arrogant ignorance while attempting a trek up Mount Fuji. Kelly Watton and Linda Watanabe McFerrin tell stereotypical fear-of-creatures stories, while Michelle Witton demonstrates that one can trust-and be trusted-in unusual circumstances. Sometimes this collection is reminiscent of a previous Lonely Planet anthology, The Kindness of Strangers, as it provides more examples of unexpected goodwill than the promised "Humorous Tales of Travel and Misadventure." Recommended for large travel collections (and as a gift for armchair travelers).-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781741046069
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Anthology Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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