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Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious

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Having captivated millions during his five-year 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 vacationing on the ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Liveright
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Devyn
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from Goodreads.

Let me just save everyone some time.

Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious is almost all lecture and no fun- at least in the beginning.
If you want to read Seth Kugel drone on and on about how his way of travel is better than anyone else's, read the book cover to cover.
But if you're just in it for the useful tips, skip to the last few chapters.
Bryan Summers
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right in my wheelhouse. Kugel wrote the frugal traveler column for the New York Times. This is about how to have spontaneous adventures while traveling. I loved it.

One of the best times of my life was backpacking around Eastern Turkey and Northern Iraq. I didn't have a hard schedule. I mostly wandered around meeting a lot of people. At one point I was dropped off in Erbil, Iraq, seven miles from my destination. I could see the citidal high above the city and just kept walking towards that. I stu
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Kathy
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I agree with much of what Kugel has to say about the travel industry and with his travel philosophy. I do fall in the camp of female readers though who would not feel comfortable doing many of the things Kugel does (I don’t know many moms who are going to show up in a random location with no plans and then accept overnight accommodations at the homes of strangers they meet on the street). Not a criticism of him, just an acknowledgment that his way may not be right for everyone.
His points on tou
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Lesley
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won a Goodreads giveaway copy of this book - Go me! I tend to just rate and not write reviews, so I'll do my best.
I wanted this book because we've been trying to travel more with our kids before they graduate. I'm a planner, and as a family we lean more towards independent and quirky travel rather than group tours and standard American hotel brands. This book not only scratched the travel bug itch, but gave a lot of good advice and covered some thought provoking topics. I got some really saav
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Chris Jaffe
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kugle is a travel writer (he does The Frugal Traveler for the New York Times) who gives his perspective on travel here. There is a mixture of two items in this book: 1) an overall critique of how people travel, and 2) Kugel's own travel preferences. Those aren't exactly the same things as Kugel at times points out that what works for him won't necessarily work for everyone. He's generally successful at being aware of when he's talking about Item 1 or Item 2, but the line between the two areas is ...more
Bonnie
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
As a lover of travel, I can't say that I learned much new from Kugel's book. However, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a seasoned traveler - much like Kugel and his sense of adventure - or anyone who wants to expand their experiences. The author was the "Frugal Traveler" and has authored several travel books. In "Rediscovering Travel" - he shares his own stories, his ventures off the beaten path - and ways to lose the 5-star resort type of vacation. He unearths and explains the t ...more
Literary Soirée
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Rediscovering Travel” is an amazing companion for those who want to see the world by Seth Kugel, beloved in his six-year fifty-country tenure as the New York Times’s “Frugal Traveler.”

Geared to newbie and veteran globetrotter alike, “Rediscovering Travel” shares Kugel’s own tales of perfectly imperfect adventures, while helping readers seek their own. He is especially adept at helping travelers make the most of new digital technologies without being hamstrung by them. With vivacity and humor, K
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Thomas Ryan
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent well balanced look at modern travel — why we do it, how we do it, should we do it, and given the yin and yang of technology and globalization, the way to perhaps do it better. Seth Kugel comes off as both a wee bit jaded and very pragmatic in his approach to travel. Highly recommended, especially the first part on his philosophy of travel and the later chapter on technology and travel.
Matt Wills
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lacey
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it didn't take until page 207 to acknowledge that women traveling by themselves may feel unsafe doing many of the things the author talks about.
Paloma
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Must read for any conscious traveller, or at least anyone who tries to do things outside of tour agencies and pre-packaged holidays.
Sandi
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not a traveler but would be if it were possible well Ottis book gives many ideas and suggestions. It is as fun to read about the author travels and experiences.
Lane
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good read, written with humor and cleverness. There's a lot here that made me think about how and why I travel, and it will probably spur me to do some things differently in the future.
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