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No Sense of Direction [Kindle Edition]

Eric Raff
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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: 848 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: #262,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sense of Direction December 15, 2005
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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2.0 out of 5 stars El Cheapo Hits the Road May 13, 2003
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
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
"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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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad for a year long foray into places I will ...
A diverting and enjoyable adventure across Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Despite the cover photo there is nothing about India therefore the four stars. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Guy Hayden
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun tales
A good, light read. Enjoyed his humor and admired his ability to have no agenda. Relieved all went so well for him.
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Published 4 months ago by Warren Yardley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Truly enjoy reading about an ordinary person going to the places I'll never get to. He covered the good and the bad....Thanks for sharing!
Published 6 months ago by Don Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good. Also had many handy hints about traveling in ...
Quite good. Also had many handy hints about traveling in faraway places. Entertaining read.
Published 9 months ago by Chef pasta
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
Exciting and fun read! Highly recommend.
Published 9 months ago by Alisa Joseph
2.0 out of 5 stars Tame and boring
A boring dairy of a couple of rich college kids travelling around Asia without getting close to the people or culture.
Published 9 months ago by paul Cathcart
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
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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 11 months 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
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