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Rule No. 5: No Sex on the Bus: Confessions of a Tour Leader Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (April 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865085537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865085531
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Hilarious observations about European travel" -- Travel & Leisure

"Takes readers along for a jolly ride" -- USA Today

About the Author

Brian Thacker has vast writing experience: he has written more than 1,000 postcards in his travels. He has worked as a tour leader, ski guide, advertising art director, silver service waiter, painter, barman, paper shredder, newspaper delivery boy, and butcher's assistant.

More About the Author

Brian Thacker is a travel author based in Melbourne (when he's not gallivanting around the world). After many years working as an art director in advertising, Thacker worked as a tour leader escorting busloads of drunk Aussies around Europe. That 'experience' became his first best-selling book, Rule No. 5: No Sex on the Bus (2001).

Since then, the author has written six other books including Planes, Trains and Elephants (2002), The Naked Man Festival (2004), I'm Not Eating Any of That Foreign Muck (2005), Where's Wallis? (2006), Sleeping Around (2009) and Tell Them to Get Lost (2011). His books have been translated into German, Thai, Mandarin and Slovenian.

Aside from being an author, Thacker is a regular speaker at writer's festivals and runs travel-writing workshops around the country and overseas.

Thacker's accolades include the Australian Society of Travel Writer's 2009 Travel Book of the Year for Sleeping Around and inclusion into the Top 10 Travel Books of All-Time in the 'Traveller Blog' of the Sydney Morning Herald/The Age for Rule No.5 No Sex on the Bus.

Customer Reviews

If you need a book for a plane trip...or anything really, grab this one!
Gucci Girl
I wonder if the author still runs tours because I'd sign up, sell everything I own and show up at the bus in a heartbeat.
Sogomo
This book was amazingly funny, I was laughing out loud from the first chapter.
Jennika J.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I spent 2 years traveling all over the globe, and Thacker's stories are some of the funniest I have ever heard. This is a non-stop laugh-a-page book, and your insides will hurt afterward from all the stories. True blue Aussie humor, and a great read over and over!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Buonafortuna on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Brian Thacker joyfully recounts his adventures through Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and France in his compendium of tour-leader wisdom. He offers countless tidbits of advice (never leave your pasta unattended, head for the Macdonald's if you need a clean bathroom, include Bavaria on your German itinerary). He describes the perils of pretending to speak French (he ordered sixty baguettes instead of six) and advising his charges to "get lost." (He meant for them to wander through Venice without worrying about the map, but instead they missed the last vaporetto.) His only heartfelt complaint is that his passengers would ask him numerous ridiculous questions (Will my brother like this shirt?). Luckily, he was able to get revenge in many different ways. For example, he claimed that "Ausfahrt" was the name of a German town (it means "exit"), then delighted in watching the passengers' bewilderment as they kept passing towns of the same name! For would be tour-leaders, he offers tricks of the trade, such as re-Christening any church you can't remember the name of. As to Rule #5, perhaps it is impossible. On his tours, it was broken most often by his own bus driver!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JGarpo@aol.com on August 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Fun book about the adventures and misadventures of a European tour guide. Some really hilarious situations and some really unbelievably ignorant and shameless tourists. Some great tips on places to go and things to see. Enjoyed the book a lot! Four and 1/2 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caryn on December 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have traveled to Europe many times, with adult groups and even as the leader of student groups. What Brian Thacker describes in his book is so true and funny, yet I know you will not believe all of it. I personally do not believe some of what he claims to have written in german on behalf of his travelers, but it makes for funny reading.

Do not pick up this book if you are looking for a travel planner for various locations and it is a bit dated, since some of the funniest stories are about German border crossings (most of which no longer exist due to the EU). But if you want a funny look at what can happen on the road when traveling with a group of strangers, this will fit the bill.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sogomo on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
...because you will most certainly choke. I have never laughed so hard or repeatedly in such a long time. I absolutely enjoyed it and had to fight my family's grubby hands from taking it whenever I left it unattended. I wonder if the author still runs tours because I'd sign up, sell everything I own and show up at the bus in a heartbeat.
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It was fun to see travel from a different perspective. The author writes in an easy to read and entertaining style. It is too bad he is no longer in the travel guide business.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Brought this book to cheer me up after I had finished one of the exact tour groups this book talks about!

What a feaking laugh!!!! Don't think ive ever read a book this funny before! My flatmates think i'm weird because I keep laughing out loud.. haha

Some people will be suprised that a lot of what this book describes actually happens on these tours.. they are pretty crazy!!

Best time of my life though and the book helps me relive it all over again! Hot summer nights, cold drinks, a stuffy bus, 45 strangers and the whole of europe.. what a mix!!!
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By Spraggle99 on September 1, 2012
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For those who have travelled on a bus tour through Europe - this is a hilarious read, about the places visited and the antics of various tour groups both on and off the bus.
Rule No. 5: No Sex on the Bus
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