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By the Seat of My Pants

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Humorous tales of travel and misadventure

Lonely Planet knows that some of life's funniest experiences happen on the road. Whether they take the form of unexpected detours, unintended adventures, unidentifiable dinners or unforgettable encounters, they can give birth to our most found travel lessons, and our most memo
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Lonely Planet (first published January 1st 2005)
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Terri Schneider
Jan 15, 2016 Terri Schneider rated it really liked it
I loved the premise for this collection—travel snippets, each with a humorous twist. Most of the pieces I enjoyed while a few fell short. All in all it was a fun read. A great travel book to bring along while traveling (which is what I did).
Mark Farley
Nov 30, 2016 Mark Farley rated it really liked it
I love a good travel anecdote, especially when some sort of misfortune or extreme circumstance has occurred. It's a desire that has been fulfilled somewhat over the last few years with my new found love for this travel writing genre and of my need for escapism, despite my reasonable amount of travel experience myself. I was just unlucky (or lucky) enough for nothing really that dramatic to have happened to me. Certainly nothing like the stories in 'By The Seat of my Pants', from the people at ...more
E. Ce Miller
Mar 10, 2015 E. Ce Miller rated it really liked it
In the short story that lies at the center of this collection, “No Food, No Rest, No…” traveller Pico Iyer writes “We travel…for adventure and fun, to get away from the drudgery of our lives at home. We travel to court hardship and face the dangers and excitements that are themselves a kind of vacation and challenge for us.”

This sentiment is true for each of the intrepid travellers and writers featured in the Lonely Planet collection of stories “By the Seat of My Pants: Humorous Tales of Travel
Dec 23, 2012 David rated it liked it
I read this book while on vacation and it brought many smiles to my face. I passed it on to my girlfriend and she only liked only a few stories. We were in agreement that some stories stood out and they were very funny but what I found engaging was that there was something to reflect upon in each story. Some notable stories include "Left Luggage" aout the insane baggage claim office, or "Let the Buyer Beware" story of the Tibetan demanding a pen or "Idyll in Ibiza" aout the rich, eccentric ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
These stories are as the sub-title of Don George's book implies, "Humorous Tales of Travel and Misadventure." There's a wide range of stories that should appeal to readers, from meeting a European prince on a train to traveling across Australia's Outback with Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" blaring on the CD player to being mistaken for celebrity in Bengladesh. Some are laugh-out loud stories while others are a bit more informative about the ways and customs of different countries. ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Meghan rated it really liked it
This short collection of essays was exactly what I needed traveling when I had time to read in short bites. I needed something funny by people who seemed to know what I was going through--traveling. If I had finished it in Portland, i probably would've given it four stars.
But on coming home I was slightly less enchanted and found a few stories predictable. That said, if you're looking for short, humorous travel essays (which is a fairly specific desire), this would be my number one pick.
John Orman
Apr 19, 2013 John Orman rated it liked it
Lot of potential for humor in these tales from exotic locales, but none of the stories really grabbed me in a serious or humorous way. The author lists these 4 lessons learned from a lifetime of travel:

1. The world offers an inexhaustible supply of surprises.
2. We can cope with those surprises if we maintain our sense of humor.
3. Adversity is the mother of invention.
4. Trust your intuition.

Not too surprising, but useful to consider relative to our travel plans and experiences.
C.M. Thompson
Feb 02, 2016 C.M. Thompson rated it did not like it
I picked up this book at Amsterdam Airport, had a brief scan and thought it would be interesting. I think someone took my interesting book during the flight home and swopped it with this one. I haven't been able to finish it, I have tried to keep reading, hoping these stories would get better but they didnt. I didnt find any of them funny or engaging. A few of them were just plain stupid. Tbh it has put me off picking anything else edited by Don George or produced by Lonely Planet.
Aug 18, 2015 Mia rated it liked it
Read this during my backpacking trip to Japan. It was a fun read although some stories are a bit meh to me.All in all a fun read to occupied my time.
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Short minf broadening stories giving you a glimpse of the backpacking experience
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