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Rediscovering travel : a guide for the globally curious
2018
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  Library Journal Review

Kugel, the New York Times's "Frugal Traveler," wants people to change the way they travel. Kugel has been around the world and has found his most memorable visits involved simply walking down random streets and talking to locals. By no means is Kugel a Luddite-he loves to use Google Translate and other helpful apps on his smartphone. What he does try to convince the listener of, though, is not using reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp as the sole methods of -choosing trip destinations. Instead, he suggests avoiding a detailed vacation plan and letting travelers explore at their own pace. Beginning with his stop at a small town in Hungary, Kugel shares many of his best trips and stories, most of which came about as he detoured from his own travel itinerary. He also talks about why some places (Paris) and items (the Mona Lisa) are famous, while other places and items go unvisited by the masses. Narrator Kyle Tait reads with great gusto and humor throughout. Verdict Fans of Kugel's work in the Times or his YouTube channel "Amigo Gringo" or Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, as well as anyone looking for unique travel experiences, will truly enjoy this fun audiobook.-Jason L. Steagall, formerly with Gateway -Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In his insightful and fun book, Kugel, former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist, takes on the increasingly commercial and technological aspects of 21st-century travel. His advice will stimulate travelers' curiosity while rescuing a sense of adventure that has been eclipsed by technology and corporate tourism. Kugel bemoans the spawning of neighborhoods that have become "cultural amusement parks" brought on by the exploding business of apartment rental services in cities around the globe. Kugel stresses the benefits of traveling inexpensively: more trips can be taken, and travelers will be closer to the everyday life and will have more opportunities for discovering intriguing people, tasty food, and exhilarating sites. He admits that technology and travel media have made traveling "easier, faster, and cheaper" but cautions against overuse of online resources such as hotel and restaurant reviews, Google Maps, and GPS ("Studies show that drivers using GPS to get somewhere don't pay attention to their surroundings and thus have more trouble finding their way back"). Although Kugel acknowledges that the travel industry will always be necessary "to transport people to their destinations," he believes that adventurous souls will have more luck finding inspiration, personalization, and self-discovery with "just a tiny push toward less-planned travel experiences." Kugel's advice for discovery-filled travel is thought-provoking and surprisingly simple. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>By captivating millions during his six-year, fifty-country tenure as the New York Times's "Frugal Traveler," Seth Kugel has become one of our most internationally beloved travel writers. While his famously unassuming journeys around the globe have forged a signature philosophy of whimsy and practicality, they have also revealed the seemingly infinite booby traps of on-the-grid tourism. In a book with widespread cultural reverberations, Kugel takes the modern travel industry to task, determined to reignite humanity's age-old sense of adventure that has virtually been vanquished by the spontaneity-obliterating likes of Google Maps, TripAdvisor, and Starwood points. Woven throughout with vivid tales of his perfectly imperfect adventures, Rediscovering Travel explains--often hilariously--how to make the most of new digital technologies without being shackled to them. For the tight-belted tourist and the first-class flyer, the eager student and the comfort-seeking retiree, Kugel shows how we too can rediscover the joy of discovery.</p>
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