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This lighthearted send-up of the adventures of journeying in a state of matrimonial bliss (or misery, as the case may be) visits every aspect of traveling as a team. After all, "Because couples therapy is rarely available on vacation, it's important to be aware in advance of the special challenges associated with traveling while married." Weisman, a contributor to PRI's Savvy Traveler, begins with obvious sticking points-including what time to get to the airport and how to unite messy and neat factions in one hotel room-and then branches into more taboo territory. When is it okay to admit that a so-called dream vacation is quickly becoming a nightmare? What's the best way to discourage houseguests from tagging along on a summer beach house rental? And, of course, the "don't ask, don't tell" rule of travel: "Nobody wants to hear about your vacation unless you've had a terrible time.... Even people who like you can stand just so much of your gaseous descriptions of swimming in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters or strolling on the Ile Saint-Louis. After a few minutes their eyes glaze over and their smiles become fixed, indicating that you've used up their allotted quotient of niceness." Weisman's breezy humor may make for a quick read, but whether she's sand-boarding in Chile's Atacama Desert or snoozing through "American Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century" at an Elderhostel, her get-up-and-go spirit is contagious. Drawings by New Yorker artist Edward Koren enliven the text.
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He's a whitewater-rafting kind of guy. She prefers the bubbling waters of a posh health club hot tub. For more than 40 years, Larry and Mary-Lou Weisman have been backpacking through Europe and barging down the Amazon as both dauntless travelers and devoted spouses. Now Mary-Lou shares the secret of staying happily married while contemplating lost luggage, jet lag, and Eurodollar equivalencies in a mirthful memoir of a lifetime of journeying a deux. With self-deprecating good humor, Weisman pokes fun at her own obsessive-compulsive behavior and Larry's laid-back mentality to reveal the offbeat and off-the-beaten-track adventures of travelers as mismatched as a cheap set of luggage. From their honeymoon on an Israeli kibbutz to a stuffy Elderhostel cultural retreat, Weisman reveals the kind of travel tips readers won't find in the latest Fodor's. Whimsical illustrations by the incomparable Edward Koren of New Yorker fame perfectly complement this droll travelogue of a marriage whose Love Boat voyages more closely resemble a cruise on the S.S. Minnow than the Queen Mary. Carol Haggas
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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 29 days 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 3 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 3 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 11 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