This book is a collection of twenty-nine articles, most of which have been published in American travel magazines. The plethora of stories within each article is personal, informative, entertaining and timeless. In Latin America you will travel across rural Guatemala and socialistic Venezuela by minivan, visit the driest area on earth (in Chile), travel on a shoestring around Patagonia in Argentina, and explore mysterious Easter Island?the most remote inhabited island in the world. In Europe you will cruise the coast of Norway and visit some small ports along the way; tour several capital cities in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic; explore western and eastern Turkey; and take an entertaining cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg in Russia.
In Africa you will bus across South Africa’s famous Garden Route, travel by overland truck for six weeks from Cape Town to Nairobi, visit numerous tribes in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, tour famous archaeological sites in Egypt, discover the rarely visited island of Madagascar, and relax in the sun-baked Seychelles islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In Asia you will experience India, Nepal and Tibet, cruise down the Yangtze River in China, tramp through the jungles of Borneo, attend the colorful Goroka Festival in exotic Papua New Guinea, and peek behind the “bamboo curtain” in North Korea. In Oceania you will go camping in central Australia, visit Tasmania by minivan, and endure a hurricane in Tonga and meet the charming king of that island nation.
You will also take a fascinating sea voyage to Antarctica where you will visit various research stations and meet the local “residents” (penguins). Finally, you will take a whirlwind tour around the world, traveling on the Trans-Siberian train across Russia and another train across the vast of Canadian landscape.