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No Sense of Direction by [Raff, Eric]
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Editorial Reviews


"No Sense of Direction is a delicious treat." -- E.B. Moss, Food Network

"Reading No Sense of Direction is almost as much fun as traveling." -- Bill Deutsch, AOL Time Warner

"You'll love No Sense of Direction...sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!" -- Peggy Altenpohl, Billboard Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 845 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Epic Adventures (January 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00737RLXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a wonderful collection of the author's anecdotes from his travels. I was envious of the author while I was reading his book, wishing I could travel like that. He takes you from Denmark where he starts his travels, into Russia, and the Orient. He not only describes the places and people he sees and meets on his trip, he tells of the trip itself. Sometimes the journey is the best part of going somewhere. I found particularly amusing his escapades of getting in and out of Russia illegally, his time in Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. Some of the places he visited I have been to and found his description of the country, people, and culture right on target.

The author did an excellent job at getting his ideas across. This is a great book to read to escape or take a short trip in your own mind. It is laid out in short, seven to ten page passages, which make the book easy to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in travel, adventure, or someone who just wants a good read. You can tell the author loves what he does by the strong emotional impact the book has on the reader. We rated this book five Hearts.
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Unfortunately, Mr. Raff is only a mediocre writer. His descriptions are repetitive and he recounts mundane things in too much detail. We don't need to know that after the plane landed the flight attendant walked through the cabin to collect the empty cups and trash. It's tiresome to read about walking across the tarmac (describing it as dark), checking into the hotel (after walking up the sidewalk) and bargaining for a $5 room. If the author had such a great job in New York why is it that he became such an extreme penny pincher on the road? Was it to make a better story?
He's not a very smart traveler, either. After being kicked out of Russia for not having a visa he sneaks in again. Spring for the visa fee for goodness sake! Consequently, he spends a good part of his trip fretting about being deported. Who needs that unnecessary stress? He doesn't know that Europeans and many other nationalities put the day of the month before the month in their numerical dates, causing yet more anguish and concern about whether he's going to be allowed to cross the border into China before his transit visa expires. He and his friends suffer through a horrendous tuk-tuk ride to the airport in Bangkok, three of them piled onto one little vehicle with their backpacks and other bags. Fork over a couple more dollars and hire a second driver! Why suffer to save a dollar or two? Once again, were some of these adventures undertaken with the sole purpose of writing about them later? Didn't he do any research before he left? He gets to Taiwan just in time for typhoon season. Raff gives the impression that he thinks it doesn't do anything but rain there and he couldn't get away from the place soon enough.
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What would you do if you had no agenda, no schedule, no time constraints,and loved to travel. LIVE! No Sense of Direction takes you along on a delightful journey that shows how it takes little more than a free spirit and an adventurous soul to see the world. With a whimsical, almost childlike innocence, Eric Raff ventures to places that most of us wouldn't dare to go. You'll laugh out loud as he sneaks in and out of countries, be
amused at the trouble he gets himself into, and be stirred by the eccentric characters he meets. No Sense of Direction is a must read for anyone who dreams of leaving their job to travel and experience life on the road. If you can't imagine affording such a fantasy, this is your ticket to freedom. Pick up No Sense of Direction and GO!
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"Seize the day" is the underlying theme of this truly inspirational book. The author, Eric J. Raff, quits his respectful job and jettisons the creature comforts of New York City to live out his dream- a trip around the world sans itinerary! No Sense of Direction recounts his fascinating journey.
This book works on many levels. If you are a backpacker with a limited budget, there are plenty of helpful hints to aid your journey. Some of which are rather counter-intuitive: For example, if you need train tickets in Post-Glasnost Russia, don't be a rube and wait at the ticket counter. Be smart and look for the scurrilous characters lurking in the background- the chances are that they have "pre-purchased" all of the available tickets. (Hopefully, this has been reformed) Or if you are boarding a Songthaew in Bangkok -look for the truck that is dangerously overcrowded or you might be waiting awhile.
The book has a cast of a thousand crazy characters. There is the 6'4 Dane who drives what resembles a Mini Cooper. Or "Scarface" the ten year old Vietnamese street tough who could probably shake down the original Chicago gangster for his milk money. And lets' not forget the author himself, who brazenly sneaks into Russia without a visa.
In Post 9/11 America, we are all re-assessing our priorities. The current Zeitgeist screams "borrowed time". No Sense of Direction will give you the inspiration to get some dreams done.
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