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The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World Paperback – October 25, 2011
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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.
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.
Other information included in the book is great as well--but keep in mind that this isn't a traditional travel guide. Instead, "Practical Nomad" educates the reader on the mechanics of international travel--ticketing, travel agents, border crossings, hotel bookings, tour companies, the various online services that offer these things, etc.--and how you, as a traveler, can use those mechanics to your best advantage. If you're looking for tips on hotels and attractions in specific areas, buy the guidebook for that country or region. If you want to learn how to go anywhere and not get manipulated by systems you don't understand, this book is revelatory.
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When I gave this book to my granddaughter she was happy with it and plans to use it when traveling during her summer breakPublished on June 13, 2014 by Israel Feld
This book has some great tips about long term travel and ways to accomplish it. The tips are pretty great.Published on June 1, 2014 by Jonnie Lacy
After reading much of this book and not all of it, I would conclude that this book is worth having around and can be helpful in planning a trip abroad. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Jeff Commissaris
Great Book, packed full of information, thick book, small print, lots of fine, recent info. Makes me want to take off. Very happy I got it, would recommend to a friend. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by akbj
I've been a fan of The Practical Nomad since its second edition (there's nothing wrong with the first edition; I just hadn't discovered it yet). Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Erin V.
This is a great book for independent international travelers--lots of good information and tips. Edward is also a fantastic speaker. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Annie B
I purchased this book when contemplating an extended, 6-month trip to SE Asia. The book really gave us the "get-up-and-go" we needed to leave town for that long. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by J. Hock
THE PRACTICAL NOMAD has a wealth of information pertinent to anyone leaving the country, especially if they are independent travelers. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Gayle Owens
The Practical Nomad is not a guide like any other. There are no hotel suggestions or destination reviews. There are no city maps or walking tours. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Lorin Kalisky