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The Lonely Planet Guide To Experimental Travel

(Lonely Planet)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  28 reviews

Forget package holidays and classic travel routes. Wave adieu to predictable journeys and escape the clutches of tourist traps. The time has come for different travel rules and The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel is your passport to a new world.

Do you yearn for the glories of yesteryear? Pack an octogenarian guidebook and replace the subway with a penny farthing

Hardcover, 276 pages
Published July 29th 2005 by Lonely Planet (first published May 1st 2005)
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Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I flipped through this book as I was shelving it in the library and got hooked.
I can't think of anything more fun than having random adventures in strange and/or familiar places. I just wish all my friends weren't always busy being grown-ups...
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a gift from my sister, with the note "Long live your sense of adventure!" It's a marvelous collection of travel games, from the simple (take the first left turn, then the first right turn, etc.) to the complex (a couple showing up separately at a foreign place and seeing if you can find each other) to the plain old bizarre (traveling while wearing a horse head mask). Each game is accompanied by a description of "laboratory results" (that is, someone who actually did it), most of which a ...more
Tomas Bella
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zbierka nápadov na alternatívne cestovanie. Napríklad: v novom meste sledujte náhodnú inú osobu, navštívte úrady a nemocnice namiesto pamiatok, sadnite na vlak a odvezte sa na konečnú, namiesto dovolenky si na víkend vymeňte byt s kamarátom a objavujte jeho byt. Mnohé nápady sú výborné a párkrát som ich už použil, keď som v nejakom meste bol už toľkokrát, že mi došli zjavné tipy, čo tam robiť s voľným popoludním.
Sprievodné texty - zápisky z experimentov - sú skôr nudné, ale možno len pre človeka
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Books like this are why I love second hand stalls - I'd never have paid full price for a guidebook to nowhere, but I really liked it.
I bought this last year, then forgot about it. When I started reading it last month, I really wished I'd started at the beginning of the lockdown, because this could almost be titled 'lockdown travel' - many of the 'experiments' can be conducted without leaving your neighbourhood (and the others can be conducted without leaving your country if you live in a reasona
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Light entertaining read with some very strange experiments that are bizarre and socially awkward. However, there were a couple of gems and the entire book has a good vibe - travel is what you make it and an essential part of being alive - whether you are travelling across the globe or around the block from your home.
Tim Corke
This is travel but not as you know it.
It’s a wonderful guide to changing the way you see the world full of inspirational theories that are presented in a clear and understandable way for you to implement.
So pleased to have had this given to me for Christmas a few years back..
Caroline Bennett
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a fun, fun book. Some ideas you can start from your front door and others you'd have to plan a trip to do. Minus one star because the illustrations weren't what I would have chosen (sorry you're not psychic, bookmakers).

We've had fun playing at them. We went on a wander of our town taking the first left then the first right and repeating it. We found a public footpath I'd never noticed before.

We also had a go at chance travel. We took the county street map one Saturday night and rolled
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who liked Autonauts of the Cosmoroute
Oulipians, Surrealists, Dadaists, Travelers. All of these can be just so self-involved and annoying. But I still like them and try to join their ranks from time to time.

Some of the travel ideas in this book were good, while others made me aware of how obnoxious I must have been as a gob-smacked traveler - and how precious some of my travel gimmicks. Thank god I didn't walk around with a broken clock when I went to Japan, instead going the Esthetourisme route, writing poems in Brautigan's style
Jun 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a really bizarre book about many different approaches that you can take to make travel a little more interesting and a lot more memorable!

I love the cover, I love the format, I love the tidbits of strange information that are sprinkled through the book, I love the strange graphics, I love the interactive yellow sticky arrows on the inside of the back cover, I love that this book was so creative and really got me thinking about all of the other approaches to travel that I may have never
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Unique, quirky approach to travel... focused on the adventure and fun experienced during transit rather than the final destination. In fact, you could end up at a sewage treatment plant and still walk away with a new perspective. You just need a wandering attitude and the desire to try something new.


'Alternating Travel'

Hypothesis: Discover your own or a foreign town by following alternating travel directions.

Apparatus: The ability to tell your left from your right.

Method: Leave your home
Nov 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Interesting concept, but poorly executed. Premise is ideas for making travel more random and therefore more interesting. Based on some French experimentalist (Latoure??). They have a series of ideas - going from the first street "A" in a guide to the last street "Z", rolling dice to see where to go, etc - to add chance to travel. And each idea is accomopanied by one or two short stories from people who have tried it. Some of the ideas, just didn't work - like switching houses and lives for the w ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous crazy book! There's plenty here to enjoy for us types who do not have a full beaten-up collection of Lonely Planet Guides to Here, There and Everywhere and who haven't been nearly enough places to begin to feel jaded about travel. There's vicarious fun and things anyone could do for all but the genuinely house bound (Thalasso Experimental is particularly fine for anyone not much beyond that)

The background to experimental travel was fascinating (although I did appreciate reference
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has become my new favorite travel book! The entire book is basically different ways to totally forget about the packaged deals and typical travel experiences. Rent yourself out as a tourist and experience life as a local. Let a roll of dice decide your next destination. Travel while wearing unusual or absurd item (like a horse's head) and make note of people's reactions. I don't think I am brave enough to try any of the suggested travel plans but I enjoyed reading about them tremendously. ...more
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: travellers, even if it is only in mind and spirit
Shelves: travel-writing
A fun little book of unique ways to find your next vacation destination, even if you only make it as far as your couch. For example, the Literary Journey. (how appropro!) All that is needed is a bookshelf, preferably w/ numerous books adorning it. Choose a book, read until a foriegn country is mentioned and then find a book about said country and continue...until voila!, you've traveled around the world!
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Though published by Lonely Planet, this book is not a travel guide. It is more of an art book recording different people's travel experiences and an invitation to try it for yourself. As such, I found the introduction to and history of experimental travel to be quite interesting. I also appreciated that many of the "experiments" are easy to complete without traveling to far-off locations. ...more
Sonja Isaacson
Jul 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
I feel that doing these things would sort of make a waste of a vacation. I wouldn't want to spend the time and money to go somewhere, then miss what I came to see. However, some of these would be more practical (and less expensive) to do in your local area or state and would allow you to get to know areas you wouldn't have an excuse to visit otherwise. ...more
Ann Addley
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a very interesting book full with different travel ideas. Some where not particularly practical or hard to access, but overall the book introduced some fun new ideas on how to approach travel and see the world from different view-points. Easy to follow structure and fun quirky illustration make this a great gift for the adventurer in your life.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
I quite enjoyed reading this. There are a lot of inspiring ideas for different ways to approach travelling or even just exploring your own city or region in here. Our current project of visiting all of Sydney's beaches in alphabetical order would fit right in here ( ...more
Carlene Alexander
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Almost bought this several years ago and then it went out of print. Lonely planet helped me with the title from my description and gave me the link to second hand copies on amazon. Definitely worth reading. As someone who instinctively plans holidays I liked the idea of being a bit more wacky. It did give me a few ideas of things to try at least in my home town.
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: travelers, adventure seekers, staycationers
Shelves: need-to-buy
I read this a while back, although I've consulted it numerous times since then. Would be a great title to own because its a timeless travel guide that isn't tied to any particular destination. Basically a literal "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, non-fiction, travel
I don't know what I was expecting exactly but I had hoped the ideas in this book would be more inspired than they were. Still a fairly enjoyable read though, and I think I'd like to try some of the experiments in my local area to see what I can find. ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: recs-nonfiction
I loved the idea of "experimental travel" and I was hoping the book would have more suggestions that were feasible/realistic for one person without much money, but there were still a few that I might be able to do. ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever find one of those books that you feel was written specifically for you? Well this is one of mine - a confluence of travel, Situationism and Surrealist games applied to innovative travel concepts, with a spirit of community and adventure. Hell yes.
Dana Jerman
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
my brother stole this from me, it was so fun! Didn't do any of the exercises, but wish I had!!
Good luck!
Aug 03, 2011 added it
I am going to try some of these ideas out. Would like to get a group of people together to do this in London and SE England.
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