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The Idle Traveller Paperback – 1 Jul 2013
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'a brilliant insight... deeply alluring... all beautifully told. Wherever you travel, you'd gain a lot from reading this book.' --Telegraph
'Dan Kieran is spot on... a timely, thoughtful, and even important book.' ****--Daily Mail 'thought provoking and often comical.' --Lonely Planet
'entertaining and endearing... the importance he places on really travelling will echo with anyone who shudders at the idea of booking a package holiday.' --Wanderlust
About the Author
Dan Kieran is deputy editor of the "Idler." He is the editor of "Crap Vacations," "The Book of Idler Pleasures," and "The Idler Book of Crap Jobs," and he has written for the" Guardian," the "Observer," the "Sunday Times," and the "Times." Tom Hodgkinson is the author of "The Freedom Manifesto," "How To Be Idle," and "The Idle Parent."
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I mostly enjoyed Kiernan's accounts of his own travels and was inspired to check how I might get to Romania by train for a holiday later this year - which did emphasise that flying would be much, much cheaper. But then Kiernan's is someone who when he needs to get from Soho to Euston spends an 'unnerving' 20 minutes finding a taxi on Shaftesbury Avenue. You could have walked to Euston in 20 minutes... The Idle Traveller indeed!
But overall, enough of the book is engaging, prompting reflection on what really makes holidays enjoyable, for the time reading it to be well spent.
I found this book good to start with, but certainly heavy going towards the end. I am still looking for alternative ways to holiday without having to fly or visit airports.
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