Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need

Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need

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TAKE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FROM DAVE BARRY,
A GUY WHO IS REALLY GONE!

Complete with maps, histories, quaint local facts (France's National Underwear Changing Day is March 12), song lyrics, helpful hints on how to get through Customs (all insects must be spayed), and tidbits from Dave Barry's own fond vacation nightmares, DAVE BARRY'S ONLY TRAVEL GUIDE YOU'LL EVER

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TAKE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FROM DAVE BARRY,
A GUY WHO IS REALLY GONE!

Complete with maps, histories, quaint local facts (France's National Underwear Changing Day is March 12), song lyrics, helpful hints on how to get through Customs (all insects must be spayed), and tidbits from Dave Barry's own fond vacation nightmares, DAVE BARRY'S ONLY TRAVEL GUIDE YOU'LL EVER NEED is just that. You'll find everything you need to know in this incredibly comprehensive reference, including:

- Air Travel (Or: Why Birds Never Look Truly Relaxed)
- Traveling as a Family (Or: No, We Are NOT There Yet)
- Traveling in Europe ("Excuse me! Where is the Big Mona Lisa?")
- Camping: Nature's Way of Promoting the Motel Industry

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A distinctly minor effort by the Miami Herald columnist and author of such previous successes as Dave Barry's Greatest Hits , this guide works too hard for comic effect. There are strained references to inedible airline food, a ``Five Booger'' ranking from the ``Michelin Guide to How Snotty a Restaurant Is,'' Chicago as ``The City with a Great Big Butt.'' There are tired gags, one involving the translation of a phrase about ``the fish of your brother Raoul'' and another about using the same map for downtown Vienna, London and Berlin. But the book is not completely devoid of laughs: ``Akron: Meeting Yesterday's Challenges Tomorrow'' is cited as a typical article from an airline magazine. There is a clever parody of a highway historical marker; and a discussion of the problem of locating a tree in Oregon that doesn't have an ecologist wrapped around it. The book, however, is hardly sidesplitting. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Holder of a Pulitzer for funny commentary, Barry (Dave Barry Slept Here, 1989) follows the footsteps of Baedeker and Marco Polo and offers a travel book that is more current and just as useful. In a time-honored and noble tradition of comical assessments of the world away from home, Barry presents a light text, augmented with the customary cheesy charts, footnotes, and diagrams. (Maybe it's just coincidence, but the handy street-maps of Cairo, London, Berlin or Munich [one map], Vienna, Paris, and downtown Ireland all appear alarmingly similar.) There's advice on planning a trip (the author differs from his wife about packing a waffle iron), foreign languages, air travel, family travel (the best time to visit Disney World: 1962), and camping. There's a guide to all fifty states, Canada, and Mexico. Then there are also foreign countries, located in Europe. (See "How to Use a Bidet.") "Most of these countries," Barry astutely points out, "eventually realized the marketing advantage of not being so foreign." Little-known foreign fact: "England manufactures most of the world's airline food." Filled with shameless fabrication (we happen to know, because we checked the road atlas we got from the insurance company, that Alaska is not in Canada, for example), but Barry's lies, like all good comedy, are emblematic of some kind of truth or other. Besides, "you can trust us," he says. "We're a guidebook." The title is accurate. Get this travel guide and you'll never want another. Funny stuff.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345431134
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
549,133
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Miami Herald. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the recent Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Website:
http://www.davebarry.com

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Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite Dave Barry books, coming in maybe 2nd or 3rd on the list, and I am speaking as somebody who owns an embarrassing number of them. I think it ought to be funny to just about anyone (except the humor-impaired, of course), but the more one knows about the places mentioned, the funnier it is. The state-by-state summaries are particularly good.
JudyJY More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book. I had trouble putting it down, but found I had to because my stomach muscles hurt so much from laughing. Just great stuff, very warped, very funny! Totally love Dave Barry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this book for two years and it is still funny every time I open it. You'll laugh so hard that you might consider going to the hospital. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such as 'Sitting next to a man whose arm alone is the size of Roseanne' And ' Whichever lane you are driving in is always the slowest' I highly recommend this book. I was laughing until my sides started hurting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still funny
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won More than 1 year ago
...apologies to Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres, but Barry knocks it out of the park, and into the drive, and crashes it into many innocent vehicles and unsuspecting properties along the way.
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