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The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World


With experience helping thousands of his globetrotting clients plan their trips around the world, travel industry insider Edward Hasbrouck provides the secrets that can save you money and valuable travel time. An indispensable complement to destination-specific travel guides, The Practical Nomad has
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With experience helping thousands of his globetrotting clients plan their trips around the world, travel industry insider Edward Hasbrouck provides the secrets that can save you money and valuable travel time. An indispensable complement to destination-specific travel guides, The Practical Nomad has
  • Essential information on airfare strategies, ticket discounts, and the inner workings of the airline reservation system--all in plain English
  • Guidance on travel documents, border crossings, and entry requirements
  • An international perspective, making the book equally useful to travelers embarking from anywhere in the world
  • Pointers to a wide variety of information sources, including local publications from throughout the world, government offices and publications, Human-rights organizations, and Internet resources for travel planning
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If you're an independent traveler, eager to explore the world and willing to make your way on your own, Edward Hasbrouck's The Practical Nomad is a book for you.

And if you're one of those people frequently seen on military-style package tours — dozing in those huge motor coaches outside the Duomo and the Uffizi, weary from touring more museums and cathedrals in two weeks than you ever cared to see in two lifetimes, no longer certain if you're in Nice or Naples or Norway — The Practical Nomad is a book for you, too. It could change your whole attitude toward travel, and only for the better.

Edward Hasbrouck is a travel agent who specializes in independent travel rather than merely peddling cruises and package tours to walk-in customers. When he began offering general tips and advice on the art of travel on the Internet, his answers proved so popular and useful that he wrote this book. The Practical Nomad is subtitled How to Travel Around the World, and the emphasis is on the first part. This is not a destination book but rather a handbook on the general principles of travel, developed from actual experience by widely knowledgeable travelers.

Here's how Hasbrouck describes it:

It is a unique "how-to" handbook of advice and tips for independent, on-your-own travel anywhere in the world. It's for anyone considering, planning, or preparing for long-term, complex, multistop, or multicountry international travel; first-time international travelers; travelers new to different regions of the world; and would-betravelersinterested in learning more about travel planning than any guidebook to a specific destination can or does say.
That's a fair description. Hasbrouck covers in detail such topics as choosing the right destination for you; visas and permits; health and safety; how to manage and handle your money, and how to get more on the road; how to cross borders; what you do and don't need to bring with you; how to select and handle luggage; how to use local and Internet resources for more specific information; plus sensible advice on everything from phones and faxes and mail in foreign countries to culture shock and different attitudes toward sex and gender.

Along the way, Hasbrouck dispels some of the most widely held myths and misinformation about travel, especially about prices and costs. Round-trip tickets are not necessarily the cheapest. Prices are not necessarily lower at the other end. Travel agents simply are not, no matter what you think, in the business of getting you the best possible deal. But the myths won't mislead you after you've read The Practical Nomad.

The focus of this book is not on how to save money and find the best deal, but it is a fact that experienced travelers who understand the principles of travel do save money and do find the best deals — on transportation, meals, lodging, everything — and furthermore, such travelers have the richest experience of the world and absolutely the most fun. That's Hasbrouck's contention, and mine, too.

There's no substitute, of course, for the actual and exciting experience of traveling on your own, but The Practical Nomad will put you years ahead in mastering the art of travel.


Library Journal
Attention, travel lovers: Hasbrouck, an "extended travel specialist," has written the handbook for world travelers. The trips Hasbrouck has in mind don't include a lot of fancy hotels and tour groups but instead focus on independent adventure and really getting to see a country and its people. His comprehensive guide includes such information as getting discounted airfares, choosing a destination, types of transportation, what to pack, sample budgets, and dealing with culture shock and coming home. An excellent index is also included. Smart travelers will make sure to have this necessary guide in their backpacks when boarding the plane, and all public libraries will benefit from its purchase. Melisa Fiumara, North Tonawanda P.L, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598808889
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 764,971
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning travel journalist, author, blogger, and consumer advocate Edward Hasbrouck is a leading expert on around-the-world travel, with a background that includes 15 years of experience as a travel agent specializing in around-the-world airfares. Since its first edition in 1997, The Practical Nomad has been heralded as the definitive guide for independent international travelers.

Edward's most recent trip around the world to update the 5th edition of The Practical Nomad lasted more than a year and covered more than 80,000 miles through 28 countries on 6 continents. Edward has traveled by foot, bicycle, train, bus, boat, car, taxi, rickshaw, donkey cart, and airplane, and has stayed in hostels, bed-and-breakfasts, homestays, rental apartments, hotels, and motels large and small, urban and rural, rudimentary and luxurious.

Edward has been seen on CNN and BBC television, heard on NPR, and quoted everywhere from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Aviation Week and Scientific American. He has spoken at venues in the United States, Canada, and overseas ranging from hostels and university campuses to the headquarters of the National Geographic Society, and has testified on travel issues before legislatures in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Edward is an avid traveler, bicyclist, and peace activist, and a member of Bay Area Travel Writers, the National Writers Union, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Tourism Concern, Ethical Traveler, and the War Resisters League. In addition to writing, he works with the Identity Project on travel-related civil liberties and human rights issues.

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