Europe from a Backpack: Real Stories from Young Travelers Abroad

Europe from a Backpack: Real Stories from Young Travelers Abroad

by Mark Pearson, Martin Westerman
     
 

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If you've ever wanted to backpack in Europe... If you want to relive your adventures... If you love good travel writing... Better than guidebooks, these first-person accounts paint vivid pictures of a traveler's experience in Europe. Like familiar music and favorite scents, they'll awaken a taste for adventure in those who have yet to travel, and bring back memories

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If you've ever wanted to backpack in Europe... If you want to relive your adventures... If you love good travel writing... Better than guidebooks, these first-person accounts paint vivid pictures of a traveler's experience in Europe. Like familiar music and favorite scents, they'll awaken a taste for adventure in those who have yet to travel, and bring back memories for those who have. Romance, surprise, discovery and wisdom all bubble through these authors' inviting pieces. At last, a collection of first-person eye-witness adventures that will keep you laughing, wondering, and walking with the well-traveled story tellers who take you inside Europe's must-see places. Billy Anderson stares down death at the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Lisa Cordeiro takes a "will work for food" approach to travel as a waitress at a Paris restaurant. And Mike Riley's desperate search for underwear in a Portuguese market... well, that's another story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pearson and Westerman's anthology of short essays by young travelers confirms every stereotype about American college students studying and traveling abroad: they are naive, determined to party and reckless. Given the ubiquity of these themes within these 58 pieces, the book's main readership would appear to be any 20-something with wanderlust and a propensity for nightlife. Recent grad Pearson and University of Washington lecturer Westerman organize the often colorful narratives (by novice travel journalists and former students) by country, allowing readers to explore Germany's club life, France's bar world and other social scenes. Tyler Toby, writing of his wild time in Majorca, sums up the tone of many of these tales: "Our mission was to booze up on the way there and dance all night with women from all over Europe. The music was fantastic and the good times were there for the taking." Some pieces, however, offer more cultural and historical meat, with important lessons about travel safety and strategies that will enrich soon-to-be young travelers' ideas of what to expect, including how to best enjoy the running of the bulls in Pamplona, and tips for artists on capturing offbeat Paris on canvas. And the book fills a void in the study-abroad genre, as it isn't a guide book or a how-to. For the thousands of students who make the trek across the ocean in search of adventures, this collection will foreshadow much of what is in store and, when they return, echo their experiences. Maps. (Apr.) Forecast: Roughly 150,000 Americans study abroad each year, suggesting a healthy readership for this anthology. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974355283
Publisher:
Pearson Venture Group
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Series:
From a Backpack
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
701,941
File size:
780 KB

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Rick Steves
An inspiration and a springboard . . . This book can help backpackers put their travel dreams in focus and then turn them into reality.
— author, Europe Through the Back Door

Meet the Author

Mark Pearson is an avid reader and traveler. After studying art history in Rome and backpacking around Europe for four weeks, Mark decided to compile a collection of the best backpacking stories he could find. So, he created the Europe From a Backpack series. He also publishes other non-fiction books through Pear Press. Martin Westerman, who has lived in and backpacked around Europe, is the author of How to Flirt, Easy Green, TheBusiness Environmental Handbook and hundreds of articles. He lectures on communications and sustainable business practices for the University of Washington Business School in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his wife, two sons, and edible garden.

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