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Travel isn’t always what we dream it will be, but...oh the stories that follow! For the 25 women in this book who packed their sense of humor as they traveled from Alaska to Zanzibar, the journey brought tales of misadventure that their children and grandchildren, and readers of this book, will never forget. Smile, chuckle, and laugh out loud to the candid and comical acco Travel isn’t always what we dream it will be, but...oh the stories that follow! For the 25 women in this book who packed their sense of humor as they traveled from Alaska to Zanzibar, the journey brought tales of misadventure that their children and grandchildren, and readers of this book, will never forget. Smile, chuckle, and laugh out loud to the candid and comical accounts of these memorable trips. Brigid Kelso gets bitten and beaten by a healer possessed by a goddess in Kathmandu in "Llamo Dolkar" "Fifteen Minutes Can Last Forever" when JoAnn Hornak is being chased by a herd of fifty African elephants Ellen Degeneres’s fear of flying comes out in ripe language shocking the nun in the next seat in "The Plane Truth" "Herbal Girl" Deborah Bear tests the strength of ginger when sea sickness overcomes her on a not-so-idyllic voyage Sandra Tsing Loh vacations in "Tahiti!" where she finds the freedom to be fat "A Prude in Patpong," Jennifer Leo discovers the outrageous world of Bangkok’s sex shows Cooking up a "Rainbow Special" in Guatemala, Cara Tabachnick inadvertantly poisons her new friends with explosive and hilarious results


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Travel isn’t always what we dream it will be, but...oh the stories that follow! For the 25 women in this book who packed their sense of humor as they traveled from Alaska to Zanzibar, the journey brought tales of misadventure that their children and grandchildren, and readers of this book, will never forget. Smile, chuckle, and laugh out loud to the candid and comical acco Travel isn’t always what we dream it will be, but...oh the stories that follow! For the 25 women in this book who packed their sense of humor as they traveled from Alaska to Zanzibar, the journey brought tales of misadventure that their children and grandchildren, and readers of this book, will never forget. Smile, chuckle, and laugh out loud to the candid and comical accounts of these memorable trips. Brigid Kelso gets bitten and beaten by a healer possessed by a goddess in Kathmandu in "Llamo Dolkar" "Fifteen Minutes Can Last Forever" when JoAnn Hornak is being chased by a herd of fifty African elephants Ellen Degeneres’s fear of flying comes out in ripe language shocking the nun in the next seat in "The Plane Truth" "Herbal Girl" Deborah Bear tests the strength of ginger when sea sickness overcomes her on a not-so-idyllic voyage Sandra Tsing Loh vacations in "Tahiti!" where she finds the freedom to be fat "A Prude in Patpong," Jennifer Leo discovers the outrageous world of Bangkok’s sex shows Cooking up a "Rainbow Special" in Guatemala, Cara Tabachnick inadvertantly poisons her new friends with explosive and hilarious results

30 review for Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This book lured me in with its promising title. Then I saw the pink cover, which just irritated me. (All books for women must include an underwear reference and be pink right?? How else would we know they were women-appropriate?) And then I started reading the stories. This is a book that is trying too hard. And the stories are far too short. Two or three pages really just aren't enough. And then the Anne Lamott story, which I had been looking forward to, turned out to be a reprint. A beloved st This book lured me in with its promising title. Then I saw the pink cover, which just irritated me. (All books for women must include an underwear reference and be pink right?? How else would we know they were women-appropriate?) And then I started reading the stories. This is a book that is trying too hard. And the stories are far too short. Two or three pages really just aren't enough. And then the Anne Lamott story, which I had been looking forward to, turned out to be a reprint. A beloved story of mine ("The Aunties") but a reprint all the same. On a hunch I went back and looked for the other travel book that seemed it was trying too hard and had stories that were too short, Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure. Sure enough: they're from the same series. One that I will try (harder) to avoid in the future. OK, that was a little harsh. It wasn't awful. Some of the stories were cute. They were just way too short (for the most part) and most of them were trying way too hard to be cute, likable, quirky, and hip, and that doesn't go off any better in a book than it does at a cocktail party.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie

    I found this book just okay, nothing to brag about. Out of all the stories I only chuckled on three of them and that's not many when there's 28 total. Most of them where way too short or just didn't make much sense to me. I didn't feel I traveled anywhere reading them and that's the whole reason I read travel books. Not at all what I expected from this book. I found this book just okay, nothing to brag about. Out of all the stories I only chuckled on three of them and that's not many when there's 28 total. Most of them where way too short or just didn't make much sense to me. I didn't feel I traveled anywhere reading them and that's the whole reason I read travel books. Not at all what I expected from this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jimmi

    The book contains a collection of short stories from women travel writers discussing their travels in the U.S. and around the world. Definitely not your most serious collection of memoirs, and many of the stories delved in to most embarrassing moments and specifically female issues while traveling (this isn't the best book to recommend to your male friends, ladies), it also dealt with traveling alone, miscommunication in another language, making friends, experiencing new cultures, and why we tra The book contains a collection of short stories from women travel writers discussing their travels in the U.S. and around the world. Definitely not your most serious collection of memoirs, and many of the stories delved in to most embarrassing moments and specifically female issues while traveling (this isn't the best book to recommend to your male friends, ladies), it also dealt with traveling alone, miscommunication in another language, making friends, experiencing new cultures, and why we travel. One of my favorites was the opening story "Mom's Travel Advisories," which probably all of us that have people back home worrying about us can identify with. No matter how prepared we might be, certain family members are always going to worry about all the "what ifs" and maybe take that worry to the next level. For example, Karla Zimmerman writes, "What if you get killed while you're away? Your dad and I want to see you before that happens." As you try to reassure her that you have brought a first aid kit including medication and have gotten the recommended immunizations, she counters, "I'm talking about the hard stuff - to ease the pain when you get shot by Peruvian guerrilas or lose a limb to a Columbian landmine." And after these intense discussions at home, you have them with yourself, since you didn't disclose that you would be in a country during Terrorist Week, but "the voice in your head shouts 'Wear dark colors, so you won't stand out to kidnappers who will remove your appendix using an unsterilized hacksaw. Organ trafficking is big in Chile." And you know that, at the very least someone will be "available to receive my remains, should there be any."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    From the description of the book I thought I was going to like it a lot better than I did. This book just did not deliver enough interesting stories to give it a higher rating than a 2. The book was very uneven in quality. Some of the stories were interesting and well written while others were just ho hum. The piece on Burning Man was interesting as I was curious about the event. The idea for this book was great, I just wish the stories were more interesting and the writing more compelling.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I like travel novels but until now have only read them by men. Not anything intentional on my part but I am a little sad to say that I'm a bit disappointed with this first travel book by a woman that I've read. Or I should say women, it's a collection of short stories by several different women. These short stories range all over the place. Most take place out of the United States in places such as France or Australia in the outback. But there are a few in the US like a Burning Man event out in t I like travel novels but until now have only read them by men. Not anything intentional on my part but I am a little sad to say that I'm a bit disappointed with this first travel book by a woman that I've read. Or I should say women, it's a collection of short stories by several different women. These short stories range all over the place. Most take place out of the United States in places such as France or Australia in the outback. But there are a few in the US like a Burning Man event out in the desert or some mentions of Montana. And since this book seems to think its about misadventures, the stories usually attempt to be humorous in their tellings and more about little embarrassing stories than travel narratives. There's the lady who is obsessed with poo, another who bartends in Australia, another who details the joy of airline travel and many others. Each of the stories pretty much has a different writer but I found that their writing styles were all very similar. I don't think its a result of editing but rather that they are all the same type of writer. They try to be humourous and I did enjoy some of the stories they chose to tell better than some of the others, but if asked to pinpoint which author I'm not sure I could tell you which one stood out for me. None of the writing was outstanding though. I do have to say that this book didn't really satisfy the travel aspect for me. For example, telling a tale about your underwear falling down your legs is not travel writing, even if the event did take place in a foreign country. While I understand that this was supposed to be a book about misadventures, most of these stories were things that could happen in your hometown and still not be very interesting. I really don't care about some guy's junk you saw on a beach and how that 30 second glimpse is the main focus of your short story. There were barely any stories that fascinated me and I really was looking forward to hearing some travel stories from women. But alas they were more concerned about their cellulite and makeup than in having an adventure. Kind of a sad little book despite its attempts to be funny. At least it was a quick read. Sand in My Bra Copyright 2003 194 pages Review by M. Reynard 2011 More of my reviews can be found at ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This book has me laughing out loud every time I pick it up. I took it to the beach and I was sitting outside my motel room with my coffee one morning, reading it and laughing so hard that the cleaning lady said, "It's so nice to see someone reading and laughing!" I read a whole chapter out loud to my girlfriend Rita. She was cracking up too. Anyone who needs a good laugh, get your hands on this book! This book has me laughing out loud every time I pick it up. I took it to the beach and I was sitting outside my motel room with my coffee one morning, reading it and laughing so hard that the cleaning lady said, "It's so nice to see someone reading and laughing!" I read a whole chapter out loud to my girlfriend Rita. She was cracking up too. Anyone who needs a good laugh, get your hands on this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Welch

    This book says it's about traveling women. But it's not: it's about whatever the writers wanted to write about while they were traveling. Some of them are hysterically funny and some of them are not. I finally put this in the bathroom and read them.... then. Eh. This book says it's about traveling women. But it's not: it's about whatever the writers wanted to write about while they were traveling. Some of them are hysterically funny and some of them are not. I finally put this in the bathroom and read them.... then. Eh.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mark Darrah

    I'm not a member of the target readership of this book, but this book made me laugh. The quality of the short essays varied, but overall the collection provided insights I wouldn't have any other way than by joining these women on their travels. I'm not a member of the target readership of this book, but this book made me laugh. The quality of the short essays varied, but overall the collection provided insights I wouldn't have any other way than by joining these women on their travels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Some of the selections were funny. But if I liked them, I thought they were too short, and if I didn't like them, they were wordy. Some of the selections were funny. But if I liked them, I thought they were too short, and if I didn't like them, they were wordy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joni Graybill

    "Today, I saw my reflection across the wide river channel and across a broad cultural gap and my crazy hair no longer mattered. As the sampan lady passed, we lifted our hats off to each other, tipping them to our differences and our similarities and smiled." This was absolutely the perfect book to read while floating around in the pool on the 4th of July. I'm generally really fussy about my books. I want them to be as pristine when re-shelved after reading as they were when they were purchased ne "Today, I saw my reflection across the wide river channel and across a broad cultural gap and my crazy hair no longer mattered. As the sampan lady passed, we lifted our hats off to each other, tipping them to our differences and our similarities and smiled." This was absolutely the perfect book to read while floating around in the pool on the 4th of July. I'm generally really fussy about my books. I want them to be as pristine when re-shelved after reading as they were when they were purchased new. I don't like broken spines or dog-eared pages. Water damage is unthinkable. So, obviously, I do not take actual books anywhere near the beach or the pool. However, to be so prissy about this book seemed like a disservice to the book itself. The spirit of THIS book obviously WANTS to be wet, sandy and dog-eared and so I had to oblige. I pride myself on being known as a traveler, but the adventures of these women are on another level entirely. They do and experience all the things that my desire to be clean and hygienic at the end of the day will always prevent me from doing and that's okay because books like this allow me to live vicariously, hilariously through others. But, it sure was a lot of fun reading about their misadventures. This book is laugh out loud funny, frank and refreshingly honest about what a damn pain in the ass, often literally, that bodily functions can be on vacation. In their travel trials and tribulations, I found new ways of looking at my own experiences abroad that have gone hopelessly pear shaped. I also learned that I was woefully uneducated about what Burning Man actually is. For some reason I had it in my head that it was a music festival. It is decidedly not a music festival. It's more like a benevolent version of Mad Max: Fury Road as far as I can tell. But for my previously mentioned intolerance for staying dirty overnight, I think I might be tempted to check it out because the pictures on Google look surreal and amazing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A friend gave me a copy of this book with the title story earmarked. Curious, I started reading. The “Sand in My Bra” chapter is set in Black Rock City - Aha, there’s the connection! The author went to Burning Man and so did I. Our experiences were very different, however. She came across as a tourist rather than a full participant, and she gave short shrift to the 10 guiding principles of Burning Man’s inclusive alternative society. I was unimpressed by her tale. I enjoyed some of the other sto A friend gave me a copy of this book with the title story earmarked. Curious, I started reading. The “Sand in My Bra” chapter is set in Black Rock City - Aha, there’s the connection! The author went to Burning Man and so did I. Our experiences were very different, however. She came across as a tourist rather than a full participant, and she gave short shrift to the 10 guiding principles of Burning Man’s inclusive alternative society. I was unimpressed by her tale. I enjoyed some of the other stories, but many seemed frivolous and/or predictable women’s fare - feeling body-conscious, enduring a period mishap, etc. Some stories did not age well, having been rendered moot by advances in technology. Overall, the collection elicited more eye rolls and groans than laughs from this reader.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth Yoakum

    This is a collection of travel stories written by women from a variety of backgrounds. Everything is first person, so basically accounts of stories that actually happened. As a lover of traveling I found many of these stories interesting because they reveal commonalities most women can relate to. The writers don’t necessarily make the location the star of the story as typical travel writing may, but rather focus on things like bad hair days, monthly cycles, or as the title suggests, sand in your This is a collection of travel stories written by women from a variety of backgrounds. Everything is first person, so basically accounts of stories that actually happened. As a lover of traveling I found many of these stories interesting because they reveal commonalities most women can relate to. The writers don’t necessarily make the location the star of the story as typical travel writing may, but rather focus on things like bad hair days, monthly cycles, or as the title suggests, sand in your bra. Situations that happen at home, but are much funnier and complicated away, especially when you add a language barrier. Most of the stories were entertaining, and I’d classify this as an easy summer read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sally Kilpatrick

    There are a few really good essays in here, but most were kinda meh for me. LOTS of bathroom humor for those who don't like that. (I usually don't care, but even I don't want to read about [redacted because you don't want to read about it either--you can ask me sometime]) Maybe I'm just not into travel narratives because I'd rather go myself? Or, and this is more likely, a good chunk of these stories dealt with being embarrassed and reading about the embarrassment of other people is so painful fo There are a few really good essays in here, but most were kinda meh for me. LOTS of bathroom humor for those who don't like that. (I usually don't care, but even I don't want to read about [redacted because you don't want to read about it either--you can ask me sometime]) Maybe I'm just not into travel narratives because I'd rather go myself? Or, and this is more likely, a good chunk of these stories dealt with being embarrassed and reading about the embarrassment of other people is so painful for me. As always, YMMV.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I really wanted to like this book more. The stories are very short, sometimes just excerpts from a larger story. There are some fun bits, but I am always disappointed when a travel themed book doesn't inspire me to want to go anywhere. I really wanted to like this book more. The stories are very short, sometimes just excerpts from a larger story. There are some fun bits, but I am always disappointed when a travel themed book doesn't inspire me to want to go anywhere.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane Eskridge

    The book was fine but just not quite funny enough and engaging enough to keep me going. I have too many books that I really want to read. This would be great for some light reading if that is what you are looking for.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Koula

    a lot of fun

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mollie

    This is a collection of travel stories. Some of them are funnier than others.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dani Scott

    Funny, fearless women!

  19. 4 out of 5

    McKenna Quandt

    I wanna plan a trip so bad now!! This book is funny and relatable if you love to travel

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christie Munson Muller

    This book was a fun and quick read. I agree with others this book is a bit dated but is still worth the read. Some travel mishaps (language barriers, getting locked out of lover's apartment, undies hitting the pavement) are timelessly funny! A highlight of the book was finding a story by Ellen DeGeneres. As you cam imagine her travel story was quite entertaining! Some of the stories were written better than others but a great book for summer reading. This book was a fun and quick read. I agree with others this book is a bit dated but is still worth the read. Some travel mishaps (language barriers, getting locked out of lover's apartment, undies hitting the pavement) are timelessly funny! A highlight of the book was finding a story by Ellen DeGeneres. As you cam imagine her travel story was quite entertaining! Some of the stories were written better than others but a great book for summer reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Some of the stories are funny, some WAY too bridgetjonesy. I could imagine Bridget Jones doing the walk in a burqa trying to keep the oversized undies from falling... or doing the shopping in an Italian expensive clothes store for bikinis while having a female bodily function fail... One of my favorites in this one was the French talking about female body parts and functions. So everything is a "stomach itch". Umm? Wait, Americans talk about things more with their proper names, but how is it then Some of the stories are funny, some WAY too bridgetjonesy. I could imagine Bridget Jones doing the walk in a burqa trying to keep the oversized undies from falling... or doing the shopping in an Italian expensive clothes store for bikinis while having a female bodily function fail... One of my favorites in this one was the French talking about female body parts and functions. So everything is a "stomach itch". Umm? Wait, Americans talk about things more with their proper names, but how is it then that there are so many teenagers who have never had any sex ed at all? Do they explain in biology lessons the names of the various bits but without going into technicalities how is it that those parts work and what they are for? (Or maybe those with no sex ed are those who keep calling the parts with the childish names) One of the things that always irritate me in any books is when using bits in other languages but getting it with typos or poor grammar. About all of the ones in Italian either had bad grammar or typos. (That's as annoying as pronouncing things wrong) http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    Rereading for a second shot many years later... What struck me was I couldn't remember any of the tales...am I getting old and forgetful or were they just unremarkable stories???? Well it was a long time ago. Maybe it's age! I did laugh at the tales that girls seem to find themselves in exclusively for their sex. However it did feel a bit dated, 2003, whooaa 13 years ago already. I guess we are too over exposed these days to the wild and the wacky, the extreme and the eccentric, the cool and the co Rereading for a second shot many years later... What struck me was I couldn't remember any of the tales...am I getting old and forgetful or were they just unremarkable stories???? Well it was a long time ago. Maybe it's age! I did laugh at the tales that girls seem to find themselves in exclusively for their sex. However it did feel a bit dated, 2003, whooaa 13 years ago already. I guess we are too over exposed these days to the wild and the wacky, the extreme and the eccentric, the cool and the coolest that nothing surprises me anymore. We have 24/7 updates on social media of every possible conceivable scenario that drives us further and further away from our dull selves. Reading this book from 2003 did seem that we have moved on a lot in terms of travel and what it means to be a female traveler. Partially what was intrepid and unusual is now the norm thanks to gender equality and girls doing it for themselves. All power to us, I say.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    This is a collection of comical short pieces by women out there on the road. I love to read about travel (as well as do it) and thought I'd appreciate hearing a feminine point of view. The first third of the book made me doubt the wisdom of this since it focused a lot of fine-tuned attention on the physical characteristics that made its authors feminine- and I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have wanted to read that much had it been converted over to the masculine, frankly. Eventually the material move This is a collection of comical short pieces by women out there on the road. I love to read about travel (as well as do it) and thought I'd appreciate hearing a feminine point of view. The first third of the book made me doubt the wisdom of this since it focused a lot of fine-tuned attention on the physical characteristics that made its authors feminine- and I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have wanted to read that much had it been converted over to the masculine, frankly. Eventually the material moved along, the subjects swung all over the map and it got better. As is the case with all collections, if you don't care much for what you're looking at, wait five minutes and something new will come along. This is solidly reading for women, though- they'll get more out of it than most any guy would.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I had really high hopes for this book. Up until now, I've read travel books written by Bryson and Cahill, but was always wondering where the female voices were in this genre. And I'm still wondering, because they certainly weren't here. Sand in my Bra offers a collection of short stories written from the female point of view--and out of all of these, I maybe laughed at 2 of them ( Ellen Degeneres' The Plane Truth and Colette O'Connor's Internal Affairs). Don't be fooled by the "misadventures" ta I had really high hopes for this book. Up until now, I've read travel books written by Bryson and Cahill, but was always wondering where the female voices were in this genre. And I'm still wondering, because they certainly weren't here. Sand in my Bra offers a collection of short stories written from the female point of view--and out of all of these, I maybe laughed at 2 of them ( Ellen Degeneres' The Plane Truth and Colette O'Connor's Internal Affairs). Don't be fooled by the "misadventures" tag line on the cover, either. Unless, of course, you consider going out in the wrong kind of underwear, or not being smart enough to bring a tampon with you when you go out to be a real misadventure. Apparently, reproductive cycles and finding love are elements of women's travel. Anyone know of ANY fun ADVENTURE stories written by women out there???

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This book was so much fun. Dozens of women sharing their travel stories, with little details of local culture thrown in to let us know we really don't know anything! For instance, one story of seeking medical help in France had me saying, "what?". For one thing, when the story was written, they didn't call a bra a bra, it's a throat cover! I wish I had kept the book to review (it's already back at the library), so I could give you more details. Many of the women are from the San Francisco bay are This book was so much fun. Dozens of women sharing their travel stories, with little details of local culture thrown in to let us know we really don't know anything! For instance, one story of seeking medical help in France had me saying, "what?". For one thing, when the story was written, they didn't call a bra a bra, it's a throat cover! I wish I had kept the book to review (it's already back at the library), so I could give you more details. Many of the women are from the San Francisco bay area, and except for 1-2, all of them are excellent story-tellers. You WILL enjoy this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    I picked this book up from a free pile. I'm glad I didn't pay any money for it. I actually wasn't expecting much, as I have read at least one other book in the Traveler's Tales Humor Books series. If by humor the publisher means "mildly amusing," this collection is right on target. I laughed out loud exactly once while reading these stories. (Unfortunately, I cannot remember which author actually made me laugh.) There's a piece in this book by Ellen Degeneres which made me ask once again, who tol I picked this book up from a free pile. I'm glad I didn't pay any money for it. I actually wasn't expecting much, as I have read at least one other book in the Traveler's Tales Humor Books series. If by humor the publisher means "mildly amusing," this collection is right on target. I laughed out loud exactly once while reading these stories. (Unfortunately, I cannot remember which author actually made me laugh.) There's a piece in this book by Ellen Degeneres which made me ask once again, who told that woman that she is funny? I'm glad she's out and proud, but she just doesn't make me laugh. Neither does Jerry Seinfield, but that's an issue for another review...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    An uneven collection of travel stories from female authors. A few of the stories were very good, most were kind of mediocre. I was also disappointed that I had read a few of the selections in other compilations. Easily the most enjoyable story in the collection was from Ellen Degeneres. If you have a feeling that the guy sitting next to you on your next plane ride is only going to leave you in peace for a few minutes at a time, this book will probably suit your needs. If you're in the mood for som An uneven collection of travel stories from female authors. A few of the stories were very good, most were kind of mediocre. I was also disappointed that I had read a few of the selections in other compilations. Easily the most enjoyable story in the collection was from Ellen Degeneres. If you have a feeling that the guy sitting next to you on your next plane ride is only going to leave you in peace for a few minutes at a time, this book will probably suit your needs. If you're in the mood for something more substantial, look elsewhere.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Okay, so I started reading this book and couldn't really get through it...it is a collection of short stories about various authors' travelling disasters. I love reading about others' misfortunes, so I thought I would love it. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read it. (FYI: I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I also started a book similar to this one called "The Thong Also Rises." Same review.) Okay, so I started reading this book and couldn't really get through it...it is a collection of short stories about various authors' travelling disasters. I love reading about others' misfortunes, so I thought I would love it. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read it. (FYI: I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I also started a book similar to this one called "The Thong Also Rises." Same review.)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    This struck me as being the Reader's Digest of travel books. It's a collection of (sometimes painfully) short excerpts from larger works. Most of the excerpts are so short that just as you're starting to get into the story, it's yanked out of your hands. Very jarring. I thought this was a collection of original essays, but it's a hacked together mess of snippets, and not particularly entertaining ones at that. I guess I'm jaded from all the excellent travel memoirs I've read, but this just seeme This struck me as being the Reader's Digest of travel books. It's a collection of (sometimes painfully) short excerpts from larger works. Most of the excerpts are so short that just as you're starting to get into the story, it's yanked out of your hands. Very jarring. I thought this was a collection of original essays, but it's a hacked together mess of snippets, and not particularly entertaining ones at that. I guess I'm jaded from all the excellent travel memoirs I've read, but this just seemed like a waste of time.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This is a collection of short stories by very talented and funny writers! Stories of travel and the mishaps and sometimes great adventures while abroad!! I laughed myself silly at some of the antics! I myself have had some really awful vacations that now when you look back are hilarious and some of the situations I have gotten myself into, well I wouldn't have done them if I were sitting in my living room! This is an easy read and you can do it in one sitting or read a chapter and put it down and This is a collection of short stories by very talented and funny writers! Stories of travel and the mishaps and sometimes great adventures while abroad!! I laughed myself silly at some of the antics! I myself have had some really awful vacations that now when you look back are hilarious and some of the situations I have gotten myself into, well I wouldn't have done them if I were sitting in my living room! This is an easy read and you can do it in one sitting or read a chapter and put it down and get back to it anytime you need a pick me up!!

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