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Pre-order Rediscovering Travel

Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious is coming out on Nov. 13, 2018 from W.W. Norton & Co. You can pre-order it from:

[ 🇧🇷Amigos brasileiros, podem pedir pelo Amazon aqui.]

What’s it about? If you ask me, it’s about how to make WHY we travel match HOW we travel. It’s about how we should stop letting the travel industry and user reviews and Instagram and others’ expectations stop us from having the experiences we want to have. It’s about how to rediscover the beauty of old-fashioned travel and enhance it with modern technology.

Here’s the official summary:

An indispensable companion for rookie and veteran travelers alike that promises to revolutionize both how and why we vacation.

By captivating millions during his six-year, fifty-country 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 on-the-grid tourism. In a book with widespread cultural reverberations, Kugel takes the modern travel industry to task, determined to reignite humanity’s age-old sense of adventure that has virtually been vanquished by the spontaneity-obliterating likes of Google Maps, TripAdvisor, and Starwood points. Woven throughout with vivid tales of his perfectly imperfect adventures, Rediscovering Travel explains―often hilariously―how to make the most of new digital technologies without being shackled to them. For the tight-belted tourist and the first-class flyer, the eager student and the comfort-seeking retiree, Kugel shows how we too can rediscover the joy of discovery.

Don’t Let TripAdvisor Kill Adventure

Right now millions of Americans are traipsing around the world creating the stories they’ll be telling captivated dinner guests and captive grandchildren for decades to come.

But as user reviews are added by the millions, social media becomes a substitute for live interaction and cheap international data tames a once-wild world into digital submission, the good travel yarn is in decline. Greater access to information means fewer impromptu decisions and fewer surprises.