Reviewed by Jan Jackson
“The former “Frugal Traveler” columnist for the New York Times encourages anxious tourists toward more adventurous travel in this helpful, humorous, and opinionated guide” – Kirkus Review
If you travel at all or wonder about your friends who do, read “Rediscovering Travel, A Guide for the Globally Curious,” by Seth Kugel.* I entered the travel business in 1964, and I wish I could have read a book like Mr. Kugel’s back then.
Kugel, who wrote The Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times from 2010-2016, has a writing style that is conversational and easy to read. He points out some of the reasons we travel, talks about the difference between travel writers and writers who travel, gives tips in using Online Travel Agencies (Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline, etc.), choosing hotels and restaurants and more. The insight he gives in using resources like Yelp and Trip Advisor alone is worth the read.
So many travel pieces talk about surface stuff (white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees), but do not give any useful information. This book is all useful information and it is information that hasn’t been paid for by hotel properties or visitor bureaus.
I had to learn this stuff the hard way (and even then I didn’t learn it all). Oh Mr. Kugel, where were you when I needed you? Just kidding.
If you are interested in travel and haven’t read “Rediscovering Travel,” I urge to you read it. I’ve provided a hotline to make it easy to get it. You won’t be sorry.
*Published November 2018 by Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company Independent Publishers Since 1923, New York & London, 320 pages.