Rediscovering Travel by Seth Kugel

Rediscovering Travel

Having captivated millions during his five-year tenure as the New York Times’s “Frugal Traveler,” Seth Kugel has become one of our most internationally beloved travel writers. While his famously unassuming journeys around the globe have forged a signature philosophy of whimsy and practicality, they have also revealed the seemingly infinite booby traps of vacationing on the grid. In a book with widespread cultural reverberations, Kugel takes...


Details Rediscovering Travel

TitleRediscovering Travel
ISBN9780871408501
Author
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherLiveright
GenreTravel, Nonfiction, Audiobook
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Reviews Rediscovering Travel

  • Devyn
    2018-10-07
    I received this book from Goodreads.Let me just save everyone some time.Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious is almost all lecture and no fun- at least in the beginning.If you want to read Seth Kugel drone on and on about how his way of travel is better than anyone else's, read the book cover to cover.But if you're just in it for the useful tips, skip to the last few chapters.
  • Bryan Summers
    2018-09-06
    Right in my wheelhouse. Kugel wrote the frugal traveler column for the New York Times. This is about how to have spontaneous adventures while traveling. I loved it.One of the best times of my life was backpacking around Eastern Turkey and Northern Iraq. I didn't have a hard schedule. I mostly wandered around meeting a lot of people. At one point I was dropped off in Erbil, Iraq, seven miles from my destination. I could see the citidal high above ...
  • Karen
    2019-02-20
    This probably falls somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me. I agree with a lot of what the author has to say about seeking out the things that are of particular interest to you rather than ticking off a list of "must sees" in an area that maybe wouldn't make your list otherwise. As a woman, I wouldn't however feel comfortable taking a lot of the chances Kugel takes while traveling. At any rate, I found this to definitely be worth a listen and inspi...
  • Kathy
    2019-01-05
    I agree with much of what Kugel has to say about the travel industry and with his travel philosophy. I do fall in the camp of female readers though who would not feel comfortable doing many of the things Kugel does (I don’t know many moms who are going to show up in a random location with no plans and then accept overnight accommodations at the homes of strangers they meet on the street). Not a criticism of him, just an acknowledgment that his ...
  • Joyce
    2019-01-28
    I loved Kugel's weekly Frugal Traveler columns in the Sunday NYT. This books reflects his pleasure in travel and offers interesting anecdotes, strong opinions, and practical advice--and everything reflects his sense of humor. If found Appendix 2 with the information on risks of travel and the appropriate preparations for any travel to be particularly useful. This is perhaps better read than heard.
  • Lesley
    2018-10-19
    I won a Goodreads giveaway copy of this book - Go me! I tend to just rate and not write reviews, so I'll do my best. I wanted this book because we've been trying to travel more with our kids before they graduate. I'm a planner, and as a family we lean more towards independent and quirky travel rather than group tours and standard American hotel brands. This book not only scratched the travel bug itch, but gave a lot of good advice and covered som...
  • Chris Jaffe
    2019-01-12
    Kugle is a travel writer (he does The Frugal Traveler for the New York Times) who gives his perspective on travel here. There is a mixture of two items in this book: 1) an overall critique of how people travel, and 2) Kugel's own travel preferences. Those aren't exactly the same things as Kugel at times points out that what works for him won't necessarily work for everyone. He's generally successful at being aware of when he's talking about Item ...
  • Mary Keen
    2019-01-28
    I heard an interview on NPR with the author talking about his unscheduled stop in a small town in very rural Hungary. I've been in various parts of Hungary, so was interested.The first chapter re his stay in Mezobereny was great; he'd known nothing about the town and area and had no Hungarian language. Altho' there were some challenging moments, he seemed to recommend this type of random travel.I read Ch 1 a couple of times, but only dipped into ...
  • Bonnie
    2019-01-19
    As a lover of travel, I can't say that I learned much new from Kugel's book. However, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a seasoned traveler - much like Kugel and his sense of adventure - or anyone who wants to expand their experiences. The author was the "Frugal Traveler" and has authored several travel books. In "Rediscovering Travel" - he shares his own stories, his ventures off the beaten path - and ways to lose the 5-star resor...
  • Literary Soirée
    2018-10-02
    “Rediscovering Travel” is an amazing companion for those who want to see the world by Seth Kugel, beloved in his six-year fifty-country tenure as the New York Times’s “Frugal Traveler.”Geared to newbie and veteran globetrotter alike, “Rediscovering Travel” shares Kugel’s own tales of perfectly imperfect adventures, while helping readers seek their own. He is especially adept at helping travelers make the most of new digital techno...
  • Thomas Ryan
    2018-11-21
    An excellent well balanced look at modern travel — why we do it, how we do it, should we do it, and given the yin and yang of technology and globalization, the way to perhaps do it better. Seth Kugel comes off as both a wee bit jaded and very pragmatic in his approach to travel. Highly recommended, especially the first part on his philosophy of travel and the later chapter on technology and travel.
  • Kelly
    2019-02-17
    Seth Kugal's book has inspired me to get off the beaten path a little more. My husband and I used to stay in cute B&B's but save been staying in chain hotels more and more (gotta get and use those points). For our upcoming trip to France I booked a B&B, and a cheap one at that. Get into the culture more, Seth says. The B&B a my first step in doing just that.
  • Darius Ostrowski
    2019-02-02
    Not bad, but it kinda made you feel guilty and that you were wasting your time if you didn't get "real" per Mr. Kugel's recommendations. It seems that he wasn't sure if he was trying to tell travel stories or tell you how to travel (cheap, local, spur of the moment), so he did a little bit of both.
  • Shawn Fettig
    2019-02-12
    For people who don't travel, this reads as a "Do; Don't Do," but for those who so travel, all of the author's suggestions seem to be common knowledge. A few nuggets of useful advice, but nothing too insightful.
  • Matt Wills
    2019-01-05
    An inspiring book that will help me unplug from using technology during travel more often. Great tips on how to self-discover during trips, and great commentary as well on the travel industry and the capitalism at play.
  • Lacey
    2019-01-12
    I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it didn't take until page 207 to acknowledge that women traveling by themselves may feel unsafe doing many of the things the author talks about.
  • Paloma
    2019-01-02
    Must read for any conscious traveller, or at least anyone who tries to do things outside of tour agencies and pre-packaged holidays.
  • Tracy Peterson
    2019-02-03
    Hilarious and insightful.
  • Lynne Cosmano
    2019-01-26
    my kind of book....bits and pieces from all over the world
  • Sandi
    2018-12-28
    I am not a traveler but would be if it were possible well Ottis book gives many ideas and suggestions. It is as fun to read about the author travels and experiences.
  • Lane
    2018-12-13
    A good read, written with humor and cleverness. There's a lot here that made me think about how and why I travel, and it will probably spur me to do some things differently in the future.