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Adventures of a Continental Drifter

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  254 ratings  ·  48 reviews
One year. Six continents. Twenty-two countries. Endless stories to tell.

In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to more than fifty destinations. Elliott's tales about his travels range from the bizarre to the hilarious to the flat-out shocking. Travel with him as he:

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2005)
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Let me start off by saying that I am a middle school, special ed teacher and I fit in very well with the middle school age group. My mind is that of a 12 year old boy (despite being a 39 year old woman) and I do find fart jokes funny. That said, I couldn't stand this guy. I really don't need to hear your stupid fantasies about women, your comments about your turd smelling breath or your bowel movements. This is odd because I will talk about farts and BMs in mixed company but I just couldn't stan ...more
This book of short travel stories follows Elliot Hester, who quits his job as flight attendant and sells all of his personal belongings so he can fly around the world for one year. His travel locations run from the familiar (Argentina, Barcelona, Australia) to the unusual (Ethiopia, Estonia, Lithuania), and the author pretty much describes not really what he did in all of these places, but the crazy, weird things that happened to him while on his journey. In some of the locales, Hester describes ...more
Tom Darrow
I really enjoyed this book and have suggested it to several friends. If you are in to travel writing this book is an alternate take... It's the story of a guy who sells his stuff and goes on a year long trip to random places in the world. It is graphic, sophomoric low-brow, but the stories are funny and memorable. The chapters are fairly short, so you can knock one out before bed each night. Very quick read.
Jeff Mikules
Like many a wandering soul, I've always loved to travel. I grew up watching movies with exotic locales, readings tales of adventure in foreign lands, and making grand plans to backpack Europe, mountain bike the Great Divide, and otherwise filling my life with fantastic experiences and amazing stories to share. Alas, life gets in the way, as it often does, and my best laid plans fell by the wayside. Despite my financial mishaps, and a host of unreliable people with which plans were made and subs ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Chrisolu rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: blacks who want travel the world, people who love to travel
I loved this book. If you've ever wanted to dump everything, and abadon the rat race,to run off to visit all of those places you've seen on the travel chanel, this is your book.
Elliott Hester's stories are a look into a man's adventures while traveling around the world in the early 2000s. While entertaining, the details included leave one wondering how Hester afforded the trip. Sure, he had a budget, but he never talks about where that money comes from after the first sale of all his possessions. After a year of traveling, he indicates that he continued to travel. Was his initial sale so great as to allow for years of traveling with no other income? Maybe the reader al ...more
I am going to get my complaints out of the way first. And regarding all things Australia, of course as that was pretty much the only place this author went to that I had been. First off, you can't take the train in Sydney all the way to Bondi Beach. CHECK YOUR FACTS. And also, how do you now know how to pronounce Bondi?! Oy, that drove me crazy. And his spelling of Macquarie (not MacQuarie as it's spelled in the book) drove me batty too. Oy, doesn't anyone edit these things? Okay, whew, that is ...more
Aaron Hursr

Adventures Of A Continental Drifter
It was a really good book. I enjoyed reading it. My favorite character would have to be between 3 people. One of them would be the main character because as he was describing everything that happened to him it was like I was right there. One of the other characters that could be my favorite is Carolina. She does not speak English except 3 words “Son of bitch”. She is the kind of person that will get up in your face and tell u what is up. She is really funny b
Hester is an engaging and humorous travel writer. He is an ex airline steward and logged many miles before traveling for adventure and to back his blog. As a novel twist to the genre, he is black and this effects the way he interacts with people in distant lands and cultures, sometimes helping and sometimes hurting. In this book he reports a year long jaunt across six continents with little money and only a duffle bag of material possessions. He meets some interesting folks and sees a lot of teh ...more
May 03, 2008 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of travel
Recommended to Marsha by: I read an short article on Hester's book in my writers' club new
I read Elliot Hester's book of travel articles. Elliot had a good job as a flight attendant and I assume after saving up a bunch of money, he decided to quit and do some traveling on his own time. He wasn't really clear on why he left his job. Since he is African American, sometimes that can be interesting in itself, with people's reactions towards him. I liked when he met with a beautiful young woman (who was topless on a beach in fact) who asked him to room with her. As it turned out, her gene ...more
I picked this book up at my local thrift store for 10 cents and for that price, it was a fun and quick read. Yes, as many of the other reviews mention, the author is a wee bit sophomoric, driven by sex and prone to describe his stomach issues in great detail. But not to the point where he (or his stories) are unlikeable. The book really does span the globe, with each short chapter describing a new place: Argentina, French Polynesia, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Northeast Africa, Eastern Eur ...more
I read this book for one of my book clubs. Rather than being a true travel narrative with a flowing story, the book is pretty much a collection of vignettes written as the author traveled around the world. Some of the stories were amusing and some kind of horrifying. I was annoyed at several parts in the book though where he would divulge into these fantasies about women. I don't really care about his wet dream version of his trip that didn't actually happen, but apparently that is what he would ...more
This is the story of a male flight attendent who in a post 9-11 world decides to take a leave of absence from his job, sell most of his belongings and begin globe hopping. I really enjoyed it because when i am unable to travel myself i am constantly reading on places to go and other peoples stories of where they have been. Elliots stories are very descriptive and humorous. Among the stories are him being mistaken for Samuel L. Jackson in the Czech Republic, (soley based on the fact that he often ...more
This book is a collection of columns the author wrote while on an around-the-world trip. While it was amusing enough, because each chapter was so short, you felt like he was just skimming the surface of the places he visited. The book was a bit on the raunchy side -- descriptions of illness and fantasies about women he encountered on the road -- which I could have done without. Overall I would say this is a nice light read for sometime when you know you'll be picking up and putting down a book a ...more
Jul 02, 2007 Okvegascowgirl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any traveller
This book is hilarious! So much more than a "travelogue," Elliot almost overshares his experiences, good and bad, while taking the leap of quitting his job and literally becoming a drifter of sorts. If you've ever had a trip from hell, caught the local form of turista, or alternately, stumbled upon an extraordinary sight or experience that you could never have planned, you will feel as if you are on this journey of a lifetime along with the author. Hands down, one of the best travel books I've e ...more
Kai Rush
One of the best books I ever read and used many of snippets for my students to use in class. I loved the humor and his celebration of rituals within each society. Have written the author many times and he has responded kindly. I wish he would write more books. He publishes his travel stories on his website.
This was a very well-written book about a year-long trip around the world. I especially enjoyed the fact that the author spent very little time in western Europe but instead chose out-of-the way places in Australia, India, the Middle East, eastern Europe and parts of Africa. His description of the churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia made me want to go there, and I both laughed and marveled at the chapter on his visit to Coober Pedy, an opal mining town in Australia.
The title says it all. A great book for those with Attention Deficit tendencies as each brief chapter describes a new adventure in a new country. Slapstick at times, yet still an interesting read of international travel tales. The most memorable tales include those of wild sex, sea turtle hitchhiking, impersonating a movie star, and diarrhea of epic proportions. All and all an entertaining book.
Hester, former flight attendant and author of Plane Insanity, quits his job and takes an around-the-world journey. I read Plane Insanity and enjoyed it very much. This book felt a bit more forced with some rather mundane stories. A few chapters were lightly entertaining, but for the most part I wasn't entertained by most of his "adventures."
Basically, this guy travels the world and tells his interesting stories. Some are funny, others are.. not as much. I don't know, I feel like I would tell similar stories to my friends and family! Strange toilets, no money, getting sick... most travelers have been there :)
Megan Bakker
I can't really tell if I like the book or not. Don't get me wrong; the writing is engaging, the accounts of his adventures are vivid, and more often than not, are absolutely hysterical too. But I'm so jealous. Soooo jealous.
A decent global travelogue, Hester has a very readable style. My only disappointment (slight) is that he tends to dwell on his own physical ailments a bit too much. If you like the genre, you should like the book.
Jill Sumstad
It's funny, but in a predictable sort of way. I feel like Hester stretched his experiences to make good reading. In other words, the experiences aren't interesting enough to speak for themselves.
I would have given the book 4.5 stars if GoodReads would let me. I thoroughly enjoyed his storytelling and I learned many interesting things along the way.
Sometimes laugh out loud funny but mostly crass and crude I was expecting more from this book. Liked Elliot's other book plane insanity more.0
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2010- This is okay as far as travel writing goes. A somewhat humorous account of a former flight attendant's journey around the world.
The worst thing about this book is just that it's not very well written. Many of the comments are trite. I expected so much more...
This was an easy, enjoyable read. He gets into some crazy adventures around the world. I'm jealous (except for his Delhi Belly moment).
Thebestdogmom Stiner
A few good short stories, but not the best travel book ever written. It passed the time, but I wouldn't recommend it.
John Porter
Garbage at $2.99. It's sad to read about a guy that "travels" and yet makes so little effort to understand where he is.
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