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Make Sure You Have a Map (and Other Bits of Travel Advice I'm Glad I Ignored)

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Whats the worst travel advice youve ever been given?

Well-meaning counsel from friends, family, and fellow travelers such as be careful what you eat, dont accept gifts from people you dont know, and never hitchhike can be helpfulbut what happens when you choose to go your own way?

Through her journeys across six continents, author Bryanna Plog has seen first-hand that there
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 7th 2016 by Planet Earth Sojourns
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Leylan
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Initially, I felt that this was one of those books that tries to hard to find the silver lining in any situation. However, as the book went on, and the author shared her travel stories I became engrossed in her experiences in different countries and the states that I had never considered visiting. It built a desire to travel more often and not worry so much about "plans" because sometimes where you end up is better. It was a quick read with small chapters assigned to advice she was given and the ...more
Ruth Dresher-Brown
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this take on travel advice received from friends and others that should be ignored. The essay format was clean and neat for describing events that take place to make the usual "must do" lists moot. We've been traveling full time for seven years now and I agree in every aspect of her thoughts on how to be a successful traveler in the wide world.
PC
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: next-to-read
Great book if you want to relax and simply... read. Something akin to the way you drift along while sitting around a campfire and envisioning the real-life adventures being told you by your well-traveled leader. You needn't strain your brain to periodically retain a myriad of alien entities sporting unpronounceable identities nor plots and plans of governmental clans. No. These tales take place right here on good 'ole Mother Earth with all her gritty discomforts and all told from the viewpoint ...more
Todd Smith
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travelogue
It was a fast read and she covers a lot of territory in a short time. I found her storytelling very personable and she did a good job of showing you around the world. My only critique is that it would have been nice to learn more about the different countries she visited and her time there. I felt she scratched the surface of her life abroad, but I felt there was more to see and it would have been nice to see that. I guess it is good that I was left wanting more!
Joyce A. Wendeln
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I have been reading travel books with humor as their base. This may have been what she was trying for, but she missed the mark. It gives you a good view of the countries, but the humor is sparse.
Megan Johnson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Probably 3.5 stars. Not my favorite travel book but I still enjoyed it!
Walter Rhein
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travelogue
This is a nice little collection of anecdotes anyone who has ever traveled will enjoy. From the fears of reserving a low-budget flight, to concerns over drinking the local water, to dealing with annoyance over travel delays, this is a book that covers everything the seasoned traveler will endure. All the tales are written in a breezy, easy style that is fun to read and quick to finish. This book would be an excellent companion for your own next great adventure.
Stephanie
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I got this book from good reads first reads. It was a fast read that is a great way for travelers and tourists to focus back in on the fun of their trip and to shake things up. I did feel that much of its alive is better heeded on longer trips than shorter ones. It is a good reminder to just roll with things as long as you have some common and cultural sense.
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Bryanna Plog is an international traveler and author of two travel books. Her first book, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia, was celebrated for being an honest and entertaining account of life and travels in a forgotten Colombia. Make Sure You Have a Map (and Other Bits of Travel Advice Im Glad I Ignored) followed up with a delightful collection of stories exploring bad travel ...more

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