Around Europe with a 1963  guidebook. What could go wrong?

When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day, he stumbled on an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that' was nearly a half-century out-of-date.

 

Add to the mix his mother's letters from her own Grand Tour in the late 1960s, and an exploration of the odd and unexpected history of guidebooks and tourism , and the result is a funny and fascinating journey into a Brave New Old World , and a disarming look at the way the classic tourist experience has changed--and has not--in the last generation.

 

This is a book about ... A first-timer's tour of Europe, in both the 1960s and the 2000s ... The perils and (most of all) the joys of getting lost ... Arthur Frommer's legacy and the curious history of guidebooks and the offbeat characters who started the most famous brands ... How the internet and constant connection have changed the way we travel ...  The discreet joys of postcards and Real Mail ... Why the beaten path is actually kind of awesome  ... Read more ...

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“Refreshing in its intelligence, candor, good-humored self-deprecation, and insightful redemption of the much-maligned tourist, Mack’s account is a trail-reblazing testament to the transformative power of travel in the modern world” - DON GEORGE   + More Press...

Society of American Travel Writers

 

2013 LOWELL THOMAS AWARD WINNER

FIG. 1

1967. It starts here, with

my mother. Hippie Grand

Tourist and letter-writer

extraordinaire.

FIG. 2

2009. It leads here. Yours truly, mildly inept traveler, using those letters and that guidebook for my own Not-So-Grand Tour.

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