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Traveling While Married Hardcover – April 25, 2003
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"Day two was always a sobering experience. We would learn for the first, second or third season in a row that we could not read on a beach. Too hot even for Jackie Collins. And so, like two amphibious creatures in a PBS nature documentary, we would lie on the sand until some eternal signal as old as life itself would tell us that we had preheated to 350 and it was time to make our way to the sea. There, we would submerge and swim about for several minutes before retracing our steps up the beach to resume our patient vigil on the sand. After a preordained period of time, the amazing cycle of nature would begin again, and back we'd go to the sea. And we'd do all this without ever laying eggs."
Weisman covers rental properties, spa vacations, whitewater rafting, cooking in other people's kitchens, inviting people to vacation with you, packing and just about every other travel topic under the sun. The result is wonderful--highly recommended.
This collection of essays is insightful about its subject, but mostly just funny, self-effacing, and full of honest observations about the ways people (especially married couples) tend to act when traveling. It's not a book of tips on travel; it's a book to read out loud on the plane over, or the plane home, or just at home.
If you like to travel and have the ability to laugh at yourself a little--as Weisman can and does--you will love "Traveling While Married" and will probably end up sharing it with people you love and love to travel with.
It's been a long time since I have laughed out loud. One of my favorite chapters is about the time they rented a house in Italy.
Ms. Weisman says about the disappointment of the house ..
"Sometimes you have a view and sometimes you are the view".
Anyone who has travelled, is about to travel, or who dreams of travel in partnership has to read this book. It's perfect for anyone 20-80. She is a first rate American humorist.
I simply love this book!
And so veteran travel writer Weisman gets her first laugh before the first page. This is a great book to read in an airport, waiting for a delayed flight, say, with an impatient spouse. The pieces are short, clever, affectionate, and funny. From packing to coming-home fantasies, Weisman puts things in perspective. She understands her own shortcomings - and her husband's - and mines them to full effect.
Larry likes camping, authenticity, moving where the spirit takes him. Mary-Lou does not. "I travel the way I cook. I follow directions like a fascist....I don't improvise and I don't make substitutions." As for authenticity, Weisman tells a funny story of Paris in their youth, a night in a cheap hotel that turned out to be a whorehouse, followed by a morning in the public baths and concludes, "If you're the sort of person who insists upon having a wonderful time while you're on vacation, authenticity may not be your thing."
On packing, she's wistfully reminded of a friend who traveled to India taking only clothes she was tired of wearing and leaving an outfit behind in each place she stayed. Neither of the Weismans is so disciplined. "I'm always the one to give in to temptation first, a precedent established by Eve in Genesis 3....I am seized by a perverse and irresistible urge to pack more."
Weisman, needless to say, likes her comfort. So it's a real act of love when she agrees to a white water rafting trip for Larry's 50th birthday. She already knows she's going to have a horrible time.Read more ›
Even if you're staying at home this book is a trip. As for those who are travelling with their mates Traveling While Married is as vital to a successful voyage as getting those shots if you're going to a places where you're warned not to drnk the water. Watch the divorce rate go down as sales of this book go up. Strike a blow for family values buy this charming,riotously funny, must-read book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These many years after original publication, discovered this book. Very amusing descriptions of traveling as a couple - every couple has to figure out traveling together!Published 5 months ago by LG
Loved it! I often laughed aloud and ended up reading segments to my husband. I hope there is a sequel in the works.Published 7 months ago by Carrie Lindsay
This was a light-hearted and fun book to read. I would recommend to those who love travel home and abroad.Published 7 months ago by Rick
Yes a great read, flowed well, with lots of interesting anecdotes. But there is just so much you can do with a topic like this before the story line repeats itself.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is really good. I started to read it and could not put it down. What she says about traveling with her husband sounds just like me and mine. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Glenda lee- Lewis
As much a guide to marriage as a guide to traveling. Fun, quick read. I will check out her other books.Published on January 19, 2013 by pt
I enjoyed it as a quick light read. It is not hilarious, laugh out loud humor, but it did bring a smile to my face. It's a good summertime read on the beach.Published on January 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This woman is someone I would never be friends with.
Her arrogance is all-encompassing and her cruelty[over a DRESS-for God's sake]- is stunning. Read more