Travel Tales: Idiots Abroad


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THIS SERIES Over the last few decades, I’ve interviewed nearly 2,000 world travelers and adventurers. I am weaving the best of their nearly 10,000 fantastic travel tales into a psychology of travel as revealed by these very telling stories. These are travelers I’ve encountered on planes, trains, buses, ships, tours, safaris, and in campgrounds, bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. These courageous travelers have freely shared their most personal travel experiences, some good and wonderful and others even horrific and life-threatening, which I, in turn, get to share with you now through my True Travel Tales series.

THIS BOOK is a very funny book. It’s a collection of Michael Brein’s funniest travel accounts of the nearly 2000 interviews with travelers he has met in his own travels around the world over the last four decades. Although the typical travel stories collected in the books that make up the True Travel Tales series are ordinarily oriented towards safety and security in travel, the very scary accounts of the risks and dangers in your travels and managing to often just barely escape, the tales are mainly of the fearful and dangerous sorts of things that can and do happen to travelers. Mostly these things will not happen to you. You’ll read in the series plenty of examples of the real, raw fear and very unsettling occasions that may pop up now and again in your travels. This book, Travel Tales: Idiots Abroad, however, pauses all of this. Instead of dealing with all sorts of true accounts of close calls and great escapes in connection with all sorts of travel situations the series now pauses to simply make you laugh!