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Product Details

  • Series: Practical Nomad
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fifth Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598808885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598808889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Many dream of traveling the world, but few actually do so. If you've decided to put your money where your fantasy is and save for the trip of trips, Edward Hasbrouck is your travel guru. He's circumnavigated the world twice, and coordinates a travel agent's around-the-world department. He explains why you ought to chose (and stick to) your route in advance but needn't start and finish in the same city, and above all why you ought to take the travel plunge. He shares hard-won truths about saving money--and in Thailand or Bali $100 saved earns an extra month of freedom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Attention, travel lovers: Hasbrouck, an "extended travel specialist," has written the handbook for world travelers. The trips Hasbrouck has in mind don't include a lot of fancy hotels and tour groups but instead focus on independent adventure and really getting to see a country and its people. His comprehensive guide includes such information as getting discounted airfares, choosing a destination, types of transportation, what to pack, sample budgets, and dealing with culture shock and coming home. An excellent index is also included. Smart travelers will make sure to have this necessary guide in their backpacks when boarding the plane, and all public libraries will benefit from its purchase.?Melisa Fiumara, North Tonawanda P.L, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Edward Hasbrouck, "The Practical Nomad", is an author, journalist, blogger, consumer advocate, and travel expert.

Web site: http://www.hasbrouck.org

Blog: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/

Bio: http://hasbrouck.org/bio/

Book signings and events: http://hasbrouck.org/events/

Contact: http://hasbrouck.org/contact.html

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for independent international travelers--lots of good information and tips.
Annie B
This book is essentialy a compendium of information to guide you through the process of planning and executing an independent trip around the world.
Aliza
I found the material dated, often times inaccurate (particularly about attaining visas) and too often based on opinion as opposed to fact.
A. Weiner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

118 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Todd Adams on March 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book expecting to find something other than what it is. Instead of the subtitle "How to travel around the world" maybe it should have been subtitled "What you need to know before you travel around the world." The author is very knowledgable and the book offers a lot of valuable insight. It's been helpful for me planning my own global crossing. But not helpful in a pragmatic "here's what you need to do" kind of way. It was helpful in educating me about travel industry practices, paperwork preparation, and conditions in certain areas of the world.
However, I'm a bit dismayed by two aspects of the book. Hasbrouck seems to tout train travel on almost every page. He has a real love of trains I guess. He even said on one page that given the same distance (up to about 600 miles) he'd take the train over flying because, he says, they're more comfortable, the food is better, and you meet interesting people. Maybe my travel experience is vastly different than his, but I don't hold the same romantic fondness of trains. My experience has been they're a crowded, hot, time-consuming confinement with people that looked a bit sketchy. And I consider myself an adventurous traveler. I'm not one to watch the world from the bay window of a luxury cruise liner.
It also becomes annoying how the author seems to inject his political opinion into every page, almost every paragraph. He seems to editorialize on everything - capitalism, socialism, class bias, feminism, health and disease, food distribution, etc. I happen to agree with a lot of his opinion but to have it be so ubiquitous is droning.
Overall, this is a helpful book, probably one of the better ones out there for general around-the-world information. But if you're looking for the nuts and bolts "how to" information, find something else.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Marnen Laibow-Koser on May 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book really intrigued me. I was hoping it would be just the thing for offbeat solo travelers such as myself. To some extent, it is: it contains much useful information and pithy anecdotes, and it's an enjoyable read. However, I can't help but feel that the research and editing are a bit slipshod -- pages and pages are devoted to relatively simple issues, while other topics that are at least as important get glossed over with a couple of sentences.
I question the quality of the information that's in the book, too. In the section on North American road travel, Hasbrouck states that the American Automobile Association's TourBooks are generally poor, while their CampBooks are generally excellent. In my own experience (including a 7-week, 12 000-mile trip from New York to Alaska), the reverse is so. Hasbrouck further claims that AAA's CampBooks are the only series of camping directories that cover all of the United States, when in fact there are several others (notably Woodall's). On my trip to Alaska, I had both AAA's and Woodall's directories with me, and Woodall's was more comprehensive almost everywhere.
I could cite other examples, but you get the idea. I really wanted to like this book, but it needs some more work before it lives up to its potential. Hasbrouck seems to know a lot about travel; if his research and editing skills were on a par with his knowledge, this would be a five-star book.
A final thought: judging from the anecdotes in the book, Hasbrouck has been all over the globe. Yet he himself says, "People who seem to have been everywhere generally haven't been anywhere long." Makes one wonder.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I went ahead and bought both this book and World Stompers, and I think where one lacks, the other picks up. This book is incredibly boring and at times repetitive, but the travel agent's insight and explanation of how the international and domestic airline ticketing systems work is well worth the cost of the book. Also, I found some of the country information a bit outdated. For more nuts and bolts advice on how to get by as a backpacker on an RTW trip, as well as some helpfl and humorous anecdotes, read World Stompers instead.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Aliza on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is admittedly a little dry, but it provides the practical information that anyone planning a lengthy trip around the world needs. The author doesn't mess around, there are no cute cartoons or tons of funny anecdotes. If that's what you want, look elsewhere! This book is essentialy a compendium of information to guide you through the process of planning and executing an independent trip around the world. The book does not give very much information that is specific to any country of region, but it does give resources to help you plan your destinations and transportation. This book is a definite must have. The section on airlines/airfares is especially worthwhile.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am planning a year-long, around-the-world trip, and The Practical Nomad is by far the most useful of the many books I have read.

The book is not for casual readers who are looking for the next A Year in Provence. The book is dense and fact-filled, a result of the author's twenty years of experience as a round-the-world travel consultant. The section on airline ticket pricing is as challenging as any text I read in law school -- and more rewarding. _Every_ travel topic is covered.

Several of the Amazon reviews complain about the author's politics. Even though I disagree with almost all of the author's political opinions, his views add color and coherence to the book; they are candidly disclosed and never intrusive.

This is a book about long-term travel by a factual pack rat who has done it himself and has helped thousands of others take their dream trip. If you plan to engage in independent travel for more than one month, you should certainly buy this book.
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