Prepare to get lost on the beaten path
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to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that's nearly a half century out-of-date. Add to the mix his mother's much-documented grand tour through Europe in the late 1960s, and the result is a funny and fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed- and has not-in the last generation.
After a whirlwind adventure spanning eight countries-and costing way more than five dollars a day-Mack's endearing account is part time travel, part paean to Arthur Frommer's much-loved guide, and a celebration of the modern traveler's grand (and not-so-grand) tour. Read more ...
“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, and to the enduring richness of those well-trod places where authenticity, history, culture, and fame compose their own never-ending narratives.” - DON GEORGE » More Press ...
1967. It starts here, with
my mother. Hippie Grand
Tourist and letter-writer
2009. It leads here. Yours truly, mildly inept traveler, using those letters and that guidebook for my own Not-So-Grand Tour.
In December, Doug was a featured speaker on an Enrichment Voyage. Along the way, he kissed a fish, transited the Panama Canal, and challenged one of his fellow speakers, Sandra Day O'Connor, to a game of shuffleboard. All of this is true. Read the stories over at Doug's blog.
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