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Globetrotter Diaries: Tales, Tips and Tactics for Traveling the 7 Continents

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Stunning photography by acclaimed photographer Michael Clinton Michael Clinton's travels are ones to which many people today aspire, making Globetrotter Diaries an inspiring, informative, and entertaining guide to world travel today After publishing five previous photography books with Glitterati, this is the author's first foray into text-based book publishing and promises to be an excellent counterpoint to his image-based work In an era when the earth is our oyster, Michael Clinton is the premier globetrotter ...
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Overview

Stunning photography by acclaimed photographer Michael Clinton Michael Clinton's travels are ones to which many people today aspire, making Globetrotter Diaries an inspiring, informative, and entertaining guide to world travel today After publishing five previous photography books with Glitterati, this is the author's first foray into text-based book publishing and promises to be an excellent counterpoint to his image-based work In an era when the earth is our oyster, Michael Clinton is the premier globetrotter in search of its pearls. Over the course of more than 35 years, Clinton has traveled the seven continents documenting his experiences in photographs. Now, for the first time, Clinton tells it like it is. In Globetrotter Diaries, the author shares with us his adventures, his knowledge, and his witty reminiscences of his life on the road.

As the author of five photography books with Glitterati, Clinton is well-versed in the native customs, rituals, and landscapes of the most popular and remote places around the world. This book provides the perfect companion piece to his photographic work. Here Clinton reveals himself as he learns the nature of humanity from its billions of inhabitants who make travel one of life's greatest pastimes.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Bitten by the travel bug as a young boy, Clinton (publishing director, Hearst Magazines; Wanderlust: One Hundred Countries) has traveled to over 120 countries (he’s aiming for 150) and writes engagingly of his adventures from Antarctica to the North Pole. Whether skiing in Thredbo, Australia, exploring the Namib Desert, hiking in Bhutan, climbing Scotland’s Ben Nevis, or traveling by boat from Vietnam to Cambodia, Clinton embarks on adventures that are often not the usual tourist choices, although he also writes about Paris and Berlin. Interspersed are random bits of advice from Clinton and his globetrotting pals, i.e., always leave time in your itinerary for serendipity and make sure your children carry identification. Clinton also includes a sampling of his own black-and-white travel photographs in this book.

Verdict While most readers don’t have the kind of job and salary that would allow them regularly to mix work and international travel as Clinton does, his enthusiasm will inspire others to travel more often and to more unusual destinations; his heartfelt, breezy narrative will entertain all readers.—Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Reviews
Hearst Magazines president Clinton's first nonphotography book (American Portraits, 2010, etc.) mixes travel guide and travel diary. Beginning with a youthful dream to visit family in Ireland, the author relates how he became obsessed with travel and then highlights some of the 122 countries he's visited, with each chapter representing a different country or region. Fortunately, with so many experiences to choose from, Clinton is able to warn readers to avoid the disappointing or overexposed. In many countries, he suggests itineraries to add on to the usual jaunts--e.g., in Tuscany, certainly visit Florence or Pisa, but also the coastal town of Forte dei Marmi. Unfortunately, these tips are buried among Clinton's personal asides, thoughts that often come off as arrogant. In an anecdote about trying to leave Europe when a cloud of volcanic ash had stopped most flights, he writes, "Ahhh, now I know what it must have been like when people tried to get out of Europe in 1939!" In relating his memories, the author clearly wants to express the wonder of his experiences, but the stories often fall flat and seem unfinished. Still, each chapter contains the kind of information that could change a journey from average to amazing. At the end of many chapters, Clinton includes a list of tips from other world travelers that will be handy for explorers in different stages of their own globe-trotting adventures. Though it will take perseverance to uncover them, the tips contained in this book are treasures worth the work. A good choice for those who look for expert advice in finding more adventurous choices for their global journeys.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985169664
  • Publisher: Glitterati, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2013
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 998,214
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Clinton is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Publishing Director for Hearst Magazines. His responsibilities include overseeing fifteen publications, including Harper's Bazaar, Marie-Claire, O: The Oprah Magazine, Seventeen and Esquire Clinton has served on the boards of the Volunteer of America and The Starlight Foundation. Currently, the author is on the acquisitions committee of the International Center of Photography in New York and is an advisor to Friends Without Borders. He lives in New York City and Southampton, New York.
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Table of Contents

Contents: On Becoming a Globetrotter; Salad Days; Tips for the Flying Class; Long Iceland Days; Scotland Discovery; Why I love Terminal 5 at Heathrow; For the Love of Paris; Viva Italia!; The Art of the Business Side Trip; Stranded: Part 1 - Roaming Rome; Baltic Inspiration; Stranded: Part 2 - Reaching New Heights in Africa; I'll Always Have Namibia; You Can Travel, or You Can Stay at Home; The Wonders of Nepal; A Lesson Learned in Bhutan; If You Like It, Buy It; The Lure of Southeast Asia; Money Talks in Many Languages; Shanghai: The City of the Future; The Snowy Mountains of Australia; The Zen of the Long-Haul Flight; Antarctica and the Arctic Circle; Take Me to Fiji; Running through Buenos Aires; Mendoza, A Wine Lover's Heaven; Excuse Me, Have You Seen Indiana Jones? Merry Christmas from the Atacama; The Land of the Equator; Solving the New Year's Eve Dilemma; There Are Those Places That We Love, and Then There Are Those...; Go West, My Friends; The Santa Fe Connection; W hat to Do if You Leave Something on a Plane; Hamptons Simple; Of Course You Should Come to New York; Epilogue to the Globetrotter Diaries; The A to Z of Globetrotting; Tips from World-Class Globetrotters
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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    I picked up this book after reading about it in a recent issue o

    I picked up this book after reading about it in a recent issue of Outside Magazine and loved descriptions of some of the hundred and twenty countries that the author Michael Clinton has traveled to. The one thing that I did feel the book could use more of is background information. If the author writes another book , I would welcome more stories and tips from his earlier travels after his college euro trip but before he point where he was far enough in his career that travel costs and amount of vacation time were not as much of a constraint. Also, more context as to who the people were in his travel group would be great. I was not sure if he met most of them in a travel club he had joined or if it was a group of friends he had made who also happened to love to and have time to travel as much as he didOverall, the book made me decide to start planning a trip and not put off adding countries to my list. I am nowhere near having a hundred or even ten countries checked off my list but one has to start somewhere.

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