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Table of Contents
Chapter I Destination Earth 15
Chapter II World Travel 35
Chapter III A New Philosophy of Travel 59
Chapter IV Parallels between a Travel-Journey and Our Life's-Journey 101
Chapter V World Citizen 117
Addendum I Planning an Around-the-World Journey 139
Addendum II A Glimpse Into the Actual Days of a World-Traveler 152
Authors Itinerary 162
Index of Quotations 165
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Life And The World Are Meant To Be Experienced... “Travel is expansion, widening, opening-up. It is the conquering of one’s fears, insecurities, prejudices. It is the hovering above one’s life, past and present, and seeing it in the larger context of the world. It is the fierce struggle against our already formed concepts of the ‘other’; the vanquishing of our dearly held beliefs, of what is familiar, intimate, cherished.” Travel is more than visiting a place with a set itinerary. Travel is becoming lost in the culture, the beauty, the history and yes one’s own self. Let’s be honest, if the reader is seeking a travel book that one may sit and read about the world or a plan to take a trip this isn’t it. It’s a how-to, not just how to see the world, but to feel it, breathe it, experience it fully. It’s a life philosophy of discovering one’s own self within the scope of the world. Where the world becomes a single destination where one can experience the past, present and the future within it’s boundaries and never leave the planet. It is “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” meets philosophy and the great explorers. It’s seeing the world we live in, opening our minds to the concept of eight continents instead of seven. It is more than a travel book, more than philosophy; it is deeper than the religions of the world all rolled into one. I have to be honest; I wasn’t sure about this book when I first began reading. However, Nicos has a way with words that captures the imagination that gave me a hunger and set me on a world quest to experience life in my own current surroundings as well as the desire to see myself within the world. I found I couldn’t put this book down. I wanted to not only read, but also absorb and meditate upon each word. I loved the little stories of Nicos’ own travel experiences that were more than just simple adventures, but discoveries within themselves. Even each chapter’s footnotes are not to be missed, giving more detail on quotes, further discussions and more. The pictures not only capture nature’s beauty, but seeing real life in other parts of our globe – whether day-to-day activities, funerals, religious ceremonies or university students taking a break. Life and the world are meant to be experienced and through the words, thoughts and philosophies of Nicos Hadjicostis we do just that. Deep, powerful, inspiring must read. “…as a wolf searches and finds its deer, and as a bird finds its seeds, every human finds what his body and mind searches for.”
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Destination Earth: A New Philosophy of Travel by a World-Traveler is a nonfiction travel reference guide written by Nicos Hadjicostis. Bored with his everyday life, the author set off to discover the world, a continuous voyage that took him 6.5 years to complete and allowed him to discover the peoples and experience the cultures of 70 countries on six continents. This journey was to be a learning experience for Hadjicostis, who had no way of knowing quite how intensive and illuminating becoming a world-traveler could be. While carefully planning his routes, both in-country and in preparation for the next destination, Hadjicostis worked a flexibility into his travel scheme, allowing for both the serendipitous and the mundane. Extra time would be allotted, as necessary, to further study places of significance or take opportunities to interact with the native people he was visiting in a fuller capacity. Other situations demanded times of rest, a day or more depending upon the intensity of the journey at that point. His experiences as a world-traveler showed him a world that could be seen as simply one large country comprising the entire earth and its occupants, as well as an infinitely varied cosmos where all of the marvels of the universe would be revealed to the patient and intrepid explorer. Hadjicostis includes a sample Around-The-World Journey plan based upon his experiences and philosophy in his first Addendum. He sets out the factors that he based his decisions on in selecting the countries to be highlighted, including geographical features, size, history and culture. He uses those factors to describe a sample exploration of Europe based on the core countries selected, as well as selected portions of other countries to be included as well. Natural wonders, events and festivals are also included in the planning stages. His second addendum, A Glimpse into the Actual Days of a World-Traveler, illustrates how a long-term traveler’s time is spent on “actual travel, the day-to-day and long-term planning, study, errands and rest stops.” I’ve long been a dedicated armchair traveler and was intrigued by Nicos Hadjicostis’ challenge to take that interest in world travel and turn it into something infinitely more personal, alive and vital. Destination Earth does just that. I particularly enjoyed the interspersed nature of his book which alternates his main narrative with a selection of essays on particular places or his experiences on the road. His premise, that “we are all extraterrestrials on earth” is an attractive and compelling one, and his accounts of how he interacted with the land, its peoples and their cultures are fascinating. The author also offers plenty of practical advice and knowledge for those who would shrug off the armchairs and vicarious experiences of other places via documentaries and travel books and experience the thrill of the unknown for themselves. His narrative is beautifully written, and his subject, the world, lovingly explored and shared with the reader. Destination Earth: A New Philosophy of Travel by a World-Traveler is most highly recommended.
Gorgeous and very insightful on the art of traveling our planet. We first need to talk a bit about the author to understand where this book is coming from. Nicos Hadjicostis was a successful business man. But he decided to expand his world. He started by a 5-month travel in the US, and then went on visiting 70 countries, for a total travelling time of over six years, in order to discover Earth in all its natural and cultural diversity. Part of his trip was with a companion, Jane, who wrote the Foreword to the book. The result is Destination Earth, a fascinating and unique book. The author’s ultimate goal is to introduce us to his philosophy of travel (he even identifies four types of travel, see pages 38ff) and to present our planet as ONE destination. He achieves it by offering us essays based on his experience. These are very thought through essays, with fascinating vignettes interspersed (which I assume are directly taken from his diary). In the first one for instance, to give you an idea of the book, he reflects on Don Quixote and Marco Polo while discovering Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala. The author traveled while adjusting to the needs of the place, choosing the transportation means offered, staying where he could, and alternating “exploration, study, plan, rest, and errands”. He kept two diaries (one for activities and one for ideas), which helped him eventually write this book. I particularly enjoyed all the cultural comparisons offered by the author, with lots of examples. If the book would not much help me at a practical level to organize a long term travel (though the two addenda contain excellent information), I cherish it as a wonderful discovery of my Planet, when I can hardly travel out of my State. On France, I noticed a hilarious scene during a meal in a super fancy Nice restaurant (page 110). And do you know which country is the most beautiful, according to the author? Sorry, I won’t tell you the answer: buy his book and go to page 132! At the end of the book, the author included a chart of all the countries he visited, with the time he spent in each, and an index of quotations. And of course the book has gorgeous pictures!
If you’ve always dreamed of travelling the world, but have yet been unable, reading Destination Earth gets you as close as possible while at home in your favorite chair. If you’re planning to start your own journey, this book will provide many insightful tips and ideas on how to do it, what to look for, and how to make a plan. But this book offers far more than ideas about travel. The author is a smart and intuitive thinker, who uses travel as a tool to discuss ideas, people, and the world. This, coupled with his passion for exploration, is what sets this book apart. Mr. Hadjicostis has an uncanny ability to take what he sees, and experiences, and to translate it into meaningful ideas about the interconnectedness of people. He sees himself as a world traveler, but more importantly, a citizen of the world. On its face, a fanciful notion, but as you tag along on his extraordinary journey, you begin to understand how the geopolitics of borders, partisanship, and ‘us vs. them’ thinking is so much a byproduct of our own isolationism, borne of our tendency to stay at home, eat cookies, and watch tv. I, too, am guilty of this. I love cookies and tv, but reading this book made me hungry to explore. As the author points out, we are all citizens of the world, but I want to feel it, and truly understand it. Reading this book is the first step on that journey. I have not the funds, nor time, to start tomorrow, but simply realizing what awaits gets me halfway there. An excellent read.