Travel never goes quite like we expect. Planes are late, maps are misread and unexpected detours are made. When this happens, the twisting roads of travel can lead to adventures we never imagined - and lessons we never expected to learn. Sometimes, if we're lucky, we cross paths with people who show us life from a different angle or provide kindness when it's needed most. Those we meet while traveling can change our journey, our experiences or even our lives. Come along with some of the world's top travel writers as they share their stories from around the globe. • Meet three Americans who help a Belgian woman find her voice • Bust a move with harmonica-playing pygmies in Uganda • See how a former enemy can become your friend • Watch a Kenyan girl face a heartbreaking custom with bravery • Learn from a wise young monk as he hikes in Bhutan • Marvel at the kindness of strangers on a pilgrimage in Japan • Take an unforgettable elevator ride with a courageous woman in Paris. • Gain new understanding during an unspoken conversation in Cambodia • Experience Nepal through the eyes of a child • Take a wild ride in Turkey depending only on the kindness of strangers And many more... Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World includes works from the following contributors: • Rick Neal • Kimberley Lovato • Michele Peterson • Janna Graber • Rob Woodburn • Cece Romanyshyn • Margie Goldsmith • Annia Lekka • Christina Hamlett • Gabriella Brand • Rick Zullo • Peter Mandel • C. Lill Ahrens • Nithin Coca • Shilpa Gupta • Bill Wasserzieher • Sofie Couwenbergh • James Michael Dorsey • Rebeca Dunn-Krahn • John A. Kumiski For more information on each contributor, see http://tinyurl.com/k4q8xsx
Table of ContentsCONTENTS
Beginnings - Paris, France
The Perfect Gift - Guatemala
My Friend, the Enemy - Berlin, Germany
The Shortcut - Japan
Guide with the Golden Teeth - Albania
Quest for the Sacred Sea Snail - Mexico
The Third Lesson We Learned in Turkey - Turkey
Blowing the Blues with the Batwa - Uganda
The Three Wise Men - USA
A Simple System - Korea
C. Lill Ahrens
The Parisian Angel - Paris, France
Best Foot Forward - Malawi
Unfinished Chapters - Hawaii, USA
A Witness to Courage - United Arab Emirates
A Monk, a Superstar and a Life-Altering Lesson - Bhutan
Saints and Sea Monsters - Sicily
House at the End of the Road - Chile
John A. Kumiski
Calling My Name in Maasai - Kenya
Open Eyes - USA
A Light in the Darkness - Cambodia
James Michael Dorsey
Alice - Nepal
The Indelible Danièle - France
White Nights - Finland
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I took this along on a recent trip and loved it. I really enjoyed the diverse group of stories from so many talented writers. Some of the pieces were funny, some were really poignant or fascinating. The best thing was getting to read about so many destinations I might never get to see in person. Well done!
My favorite part about this book was the diversity of voices present in the story. When you think of travel stories you think of rich, older people who are able to afford the luxury of travel. These stories come from all over and really make you want to go along for the ride, no matter what your socioeconomic status. They are fun, educational and inspiring and will make you want to travel the world today!
It's great to read a book with such a focus on the people we meet when travelling. While it still has everything great about a travel collection, amazing locations and adventures, there is also a strong element of human connection. These stories are all extremely well done and really stir up emotions when you read it.
Regardless if you are an armchair voyager or global trekker – “Chance Encounters” takes you to those places you love to hear about. The explorers Ms. Graber amassed write in inspiring and heartfelt fashion. Their words will stir your emotions of places you may have already visited or simply have always heard about. Whether distant traveler or living room explorer, “Chance Encounters” offers the reader a glimpse into the world of exploration, empathy, desire, and compassion. Spanning the globe you will explore the mysteries of why we enjoy reading about traveling. Through these minuets, the reader will learn of a common denominator when meeting people. You will discover the undercurrent of our connection to wanting to be connected. The writers Ms. Graber calls to arms pen in a fashion representing the best of human interaction and a sense of camaraderie. Buy this book and continue your pursuit of global adventure, either from the comfort of a cozy chair or from your travel log of points not yet explored. The trip will be memorable.