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No Sense of Direction [Kindle Edition]

Eric Raff
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No Sense of Direction is a highly enjoyable tale of an adventurous advertising executive from New York City who traded his briefcase for a backpack and a one-way ticket. With a sharp eye for detail and a keen sense of humor, Eric Raff recounts what its like to hit the road with no plan and no destination.

If you've ever thought of giving it all up to take off and travel, No Sense of Direction might just give you the incentive to do it.


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"No Sense of Direction is a delicious treat." -- E.B. Moss, Food Network

"Reading No Sense of Direction is almost as much fun as traveling." -- Bill Deutsch, AOL Time Warner

"You'll love No Sense of Direction...sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!" -- Peggy Altenpohl, Billboard Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Epic Adventures (January 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00737RLXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sense of Direction December 15, 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of the author's anecdotes from his travels. I was envious of the author while I was reading his book, wishing I could travel like that. He takes you from Denmark where he starts his travels, into Russia, and the Orient. He not only describes the places and people he sees and meets on his trip, he tells of the trip itself. Sometimes the journey is the best part of going somewhere. I found particularly amusing his escapades of getting in and out of Russia illegally, his time in Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. Some of the places he visited I have been to and found his description of the country, people, and culture right on target.

The author did an excellent job at getting his ideas across. This is a great book to read to escape or take a short trip in your own mind. It is laid out in short, seven to ten page passages, which make the book easy to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in travel, adventure, or someone who just wants a good read. You can tell the author loves what he does by the strong emotional impact the book has on the reader. We rated this book five Hearts.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars El Cheapo Hits the Road May 13, 2003
Format:Paperback
Unfortunately, Mr. Raff is only a mediocre writer. His descriptions are repetitive and he recounts mundane things in too much detail. We don't need to know that after the plane landed the flight attendant walked through the cabin to collect the empty cups and trash. It's tiresome to read about walking across the tarmac (describing it as dark), checking into the hotel (after walking up the sidewalk) and bargaining for a $5 room. If the author had such a great job in New York why is it that he became such an extreme penny pincher on the road? Was it to make a better story?
He's not a very smart traveler, either. After being kicked out of Russia for not having a visa he sneaks in again. Spring for the visa fee for goodness sake! Consequently, he spends a good part of his trip fretting about being deported. Who needs that unnecessary stress? He doesn't know that Europeans and many other nationalities put the day of the month before the month in their numerical dates, causing yet more anguish and concern about whether he's going to be allowed to cross the border into China before his transit visa expires. He and his friends suffer through a horrendous tuk-tuk ride to the airport in Bangkok, three of them piled onto one little vehicle with their backpacks and other bags. Fork over a couple more dollars and hire a second driver! Why suffer to save a dollar or two? Once again, were some of these adventures undertaken with the sole purpose of writing about them later? Didn't he do any research before he left? He gets to Taiwan just in time for typhoon season. Raff gives the impression that he thinks it doesn't do anything but rain there and he couldn't get away from the place soon enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an adventure! January 14, 2002
Format:Paperback
What would you do if you had no agenda, no schedule, no time constraints,and loved to travel. LIVE! No Sense of Direction takes you along on a delightful journey that shows how it takes little more than a free spirit and an adventurous soul to see the world. With a whimsical, almost childlike innocence, Eric Raff ventures to places that most of us wouldn't dare to go. You'll laugh out loud as he sneaks in and out of countries, be
amused at the trouble he gets himself into, and be stirred by the eccentric characters he meets. No Sense of Direction is a must read for anyone who dreams of leaving their job to travel and experience life on the road. If you can't imagine affording such a fantasy, this is your ticket to freedom. Pick up No Sense of Direction and GO!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpe Diem February 4, 2002
Format:Paperback
"Seize the day" is the underlying theme of this truly inspirational book. The author, Eric J. Raff, quits his respectful job and jettisons the creature comforts of New York City to live out his dream- a trip around the world sans itinerary! No Sense of Direction recounts his fascinating journey.
This book works on many levels. If you are a backpacker with a limited budget, there are plenty of helpful hints to aid your journey. Some of which are rather counter-intuitive: For example, if you need train tickets in Post-Glasnost Russia, don't be a rube and wait at the ticket counter. Be smart and look for the scurrilous characters lurking in the background- the chances are that they have "pre-purchased" all of the available tickets. (Hopefully, this has been reformed) Or if you are boarding a Songthaew in Bangkok -look for the truck that is dangerously overcrowded or you might be waiting awhile.
The book has a cast of a thousand crazy characters. There is the 6'4 Dane who drives what resembles a Mini Cooper. Or "Scarface" the ten year old Vietnamese street tough who could probably shake down the original Chicago gangster for his milk money. And lets' not forget the author himself, who brazenly sneaks into Russia without a visa.
In Post 9/11 America, we are all re-assessing our priorities. The current Zeitgeist screams "borrowed time". No Sense of Direction will give you the inspiration to get some dreams done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What a way to travel !!
What a wonderful way to travel ! If you have the nerve to travel foreign countries like this you will
certainly end up seeing much more than the average traveler could ever... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Wanted to Read About
I was always curious to know what was in someone's mind when they decide to go and travel the world backpacking without any clear plan on when and where they will go. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Crespo
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sense of Direction
Loved the way he conected with people along the way and the way he could change his direction at any given time. What a year he had!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Eisley
3.0 out of 5 stars One man's story of wanderlust
I liked that he left a good job to take time and wander abroad and experience other cultures.
It was interesting to hear about the people he met while traveling, and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lifestorylady
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for those who understand what experiencing life is all about
No Sense of Direction is a must read for those who have caught the travel bug and understand the writer's perspective. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kah262
4.0 out of 5 stars My First "Traveling" Read
A long book, but I found this fascinating to take off for a year and travel with no destination in mind! Awesome experience and a little daring to sneak in Russia. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gail Clifton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a lazy read!
I think that this is a great read if you like a lazy kind of travel dialogue, and I personally do! Like one of the above reviewers, I found Raff's tales to be rather mediocre at... Read more
Published 3 months ago by wzy1
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent & thoughtful. A great, informative travel adventure.
This is well-written and sometimes very funny indeed. Not being the usual right-out-of-school back-packer, Raff has the maturity and curiosity to be an acute observer of a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Whistlers Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was there with him
This was a lot of fun. Eric describes everything beautifully as well as providing good information and advice for anyone else traveling through that region. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good travelogue
Written in a style that made me feel like I was there. I enjoyed learning about a part of the world I haven't seen
Published 6 months ago by traveler
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