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Rite of Passage: Tales of Backpacking 'Round Europe

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From the company that kick-started the trend, a funny, touching and mad collection of first-time European backpacking experiences that bring new life to a well-told tale.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Lonely Planet
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Awesome idea. Mostly terrible writing.
This collection of very short stories all contain events that happened to their various authors while backpacking around Europe.

Sometimes, I've been to the places mentioned. Sometimes, I've had the same thoughts or felt the same feelings.

And sometimes, none of the above.

That's what makes this collection worthwhile reading. You enjoy both the familiar and the unfamiliar. It's a lot like traveling, I suppose.

Reading as a kind of travel adventure...I like that.
Mixed bag, which is probably to be expected. Some stories I totally loved (especially "A Slight Leaning Backwards"), other sailed by without making any impression at all. Also, as a very solitary traveler, I have little sympathy for stories of people who join up with others with very little thought, then realize they're saddled with a jackass. Bad company is not better than no company.
Katie Dreyer
A traveler's dream! I read this book in all of one night, I was so interested in the stories. Full of helpful tips and short stories of other's crazy jaunts around Europe, anyone looking to travel, or has traveled, must read this book. Only problem: makes you wish you were back traveling again!
I love this book!! It's a collection of short stories from people's adventures backing Europe. Made me want to catch the next flight to France.
Jan 07, 2011 rachel added it
Recommends it for: travellers
i'm still reading it. a collection of short travel stories. some better than others.
Sep 28, 2010 Jessie added it
Shelves: travel
Purely raw writing. But hey, they are travelers,not writers after all!
Oct 02, 2007 Gibgaluk rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Travellers
Great book, especially if you have experienced a backpack trip before!
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