Veteran travel writer Walt Christophersen chronicles his experiences as he journeys around much of the world in the 1960s and 70s, with an emphasis on getting from one place to another. The reader tags along as he hops across the Pacific visiting dozens of islands between Tahiti and Yap, sails down the Amazon and travels mostly overland from Beirut to Tokyo, witnessing Afghanistan at peace and Vietnam at war. The book provides a look at what travel was like half a century ago when admission to Madame Tussaud’s London wax museum was 70¢, a high class hotel room in Rangoon went for $10.25 and Royal Nepal Airlines flew over the Himalayas for $2.13. Included are a number of travel articles as they were printed in the early 70s, along with updates and background information.
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About the Author
Born in Chicago, Walt Christophersen is a lifelong journalist who began as a columnist on the campus newspaper at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Most of his career was devoted to TV news, working at stations owned by or affiliated with CBS and NBC. Like many others in the business, his jobs took him to half a dozen cities between North Carolina and Southern California, holding a variety of positions such as writer, producer, reporter, copy editor, assignment editor and news director. For nine years spread over the 80s and 90s, he lived and worked in Germany, first as a reporter for a weekly TV newsmagazine produced in Cologne for PBS and later as a writer/editor for Radio Free Europe in Munich. He recounts what it was like to live and work in Europe in his first book, A Temporary European, published in 2009. His second book, By Ship, Train, Bus, Plane & Sometimes Hitchhiking, out in 2011, is strictly about travel, with an emphasis on getting from one place to another. It covers trips he made in the 1960s and 70s which included exploring dozens of islands in the Pacific as well as making a six-month journey from Beirut to Tokyo. During the mid-70s, his travel articles and photographs were published by a number of major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe. His last full time job was editing copy for CNN International in Atlanta.