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The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel Paperback – May 4, 2010
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-The New York Times
"...Doug Lansky has an innate knack for zeroing in on the strangely humorous... When you think your trip isn't going, just remember: You could be checking into the Resist Bacteria Hotel in Singapore."
"...Details some of the misadventures that make your recent misadventure (and you know you have one) seem like a walk inn the park."
"So out of respect for all those who wouldn't guess from the title, here's a spoiler alert about Doug Lansky's new book, The Titanic Awards: Things go wrong. More precisely, the book is all about things going wrong or things being wrong. That's the point: It's always more interesting that way."
"A lively compendium of ineptitude, turpitude, and just bizarre behavior that would be even funnier if it weren't so depressingly familiar."
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The bad travel experiences in The Titanic Awards don't often result in either hilarity or tragedy. They sometimes are no more than complaints or mild rants, such as that internet access at five-star hotels costs too much. The book is laid out like a long magazine article with lots of lists, charts, and quotations. You can easily read a few pages at a time while you're watching TV, or do as Lansky suggests and keep it in the bathroom.
Many Titanic Awards will inspire you to nominate your own candidates for worst beach, for example. It would have to be pretty bad to beat the one in the United Arab Emirates, which collects so much oil from passing tankers that, according to the book, it has beach showers equipped with industrial cleaners and pot scrubbers to get the tar balls off your feet.
Many of the "Titanic Awards" were given to Ryanair for their numerous innovations. Their proposal to reconfigure aircraft for passengers to stand for the entire flight, for instance, or the plan to charge passengers to use the on board toilets. If you follow travel and aviation news at all, you may already be familiar with many of the trinkets in the book.
Some of the lists are a bit mysterious. The one that most perplexed me was "Lamest Natural Wonders of the World" which had the Grand Canyon as the 4th lamest natural wonder. The Grand Canyon? Lame?Read more ›
And so, in honor of the gap between what is and what should be, travel writer Doug Lansky put together THE TITANIC AWARDS to dishonor the worst people, places, and things in travel -- the worst hotels, cities, airports, cruise lines, passenger behavior, tourists, and just about anything else you can think of. The Awards were given in three ways -- first, some categories were crowd-sourced through a survey taken by over 2000 people from 80 countries; others were from official statistics compiled by industry groups and associations; still others were Lansky's personal choices from years of bad travel experiences; and the last group were other personal reminiscences by other travel writers of the horrible experiences they've had.
So TITANIC AWARDS aims to give a holistic, in-the-round view of bad travel and tourism: airplanes, ground transportation, hotels, food and drinks, destinations, and those pesky fellow tourists. And it succeeds quite well: no one will want to read this book straight through, but it's a lovely schadenfreude-filled voyage of discovery, in which only other people have horrible things happen to them. If you want to know who the worst drivers in the world are, or which major airline has the smallest seats, or which country's tourists are the most rude, or where the world's most crowded swimming pool is, THE TITANIC AWARDS is the book for you.
What makes a book like this illuminating, and funny (and why else would you want to relive aggravation if it weren't to see someone else stewing and fuming?) is examples: pictures, stories, collected anecdotes. And there is some of that to be found in this slender book, just not enough of it. Roughly half of the book hands things off to lists and bar charts, and reading lists and bar charts is what too many of us do at our jobs. The airport and airline photos are pure gold, as is the precious cargo of "personal worsts" in flights, drives, toilets, etc. from around the world.
The good news, for future editions, is that Lansky is soliciting horror stories from readers for future editions. So like the "Darwin Awards," which this book is patterned after, the "Titanic Awards" may well evolve into a more useful and gleeful book. The 2010 edition, however, is little more than a leaky boat.
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Fun book. I do a morning radio show and have referenced this book a number of times.Published 19 months ago by Larry Whitler
I travel quite a bit so some of the stories hit home. It is a quick read and maybe will make you think before you travel.Published 24 months ago by Deedee
Just like watching conflict on TV from the comfort of one's couch, it is reassuring to read travel mishaps. There, but by the grace of God, go I...Published on August 17, 2013 by Brenda Williams
A very entertaining missive of the calamities that all of us who have travelled, or do so regularly, experience. Well worth a read and get a good laugh.Published on October 11, 2011 by Steven D. Wittberger
Interesting a little but without depth. Mostly clips taken from the web which I could have done myself. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Amazon Customer