How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker Paperback – August 12, 2015
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- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Paperback : 322 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515359005
- Product dimensions : 5.06 x 0.81 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2015)
- Language: : English
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I will say, however that the actual disasters that Lauren encounters, aren't really disasters at all. I mean, falling into a rice paddy is not a big deal - even if there are leaches (which there apparently weren't). Eating fried cockroaches? They're a delicacy. And (spoiler alert): there wasn't really a tsunami, despite the description saying she's caught up in one. However the tsunami story was a great arc to the flow of the book, because it was a defining moment for Lauren, which is very valuable. I just feel that I was sold a bit of a bogus bill of rights with regards to all the disasters I was supposed to be regaled with. Lauren's travels have been NOTHING on mine! (I really did survive three natural disasters, two tropical diseases, a near-fatal accident, had a con-man rip me off for $10k, and more).
But overall, like I said, I'm really impressed with the book. Even if Lauren doesn't really encounter tons of disasters, the development and growth Lauren experiences, including the journey past crippling anxiety - through travel..is amazing and inspiring.
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Which were pretty quickly dashed. I couldn't quite understand how someone who professed themselves to be so inexperienced at travel could get themselves in so many scrapes so quickly. The way the author kept reminding me of her incompetence seemed wildly at odds with what she could achieve eg finding her way to places, negotiating local travel.
And the incidents themselves, the nude owner, the sexual assault during a massage, being scammed in a tea house- they just seemed to me to be a little contrived to the extent I felt i was reading a fiction and not a factual book.
And then there's 'Dave' - the older, more experienced guy who she meets online. I found the rest of the book then almost worse, forced even.
I will happily admit that this is just my opinion and if those things happened then I am sorry for what the author experienced but I just found the book to be too unbelievable and the scrapes she had just didn't sound real. Perhaps it was simply her style.
But if you enjoyed it then that is great.
It was very funny and I could can see myself reading this book quite a few times.
It's kind of like a younger and naïve version of Eat, Pray, Love.