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The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel Paperback – 5 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books,U.S.; 1 edition (5 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535840
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,244,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Lansky''s new book, "The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel" (Perigee Trade) is dedicated ''to all the travelers who overcame annoyances and obstacles to make it to their destinations, and then willingly decided to set out traveling again.'' Hey, that''s us! And as business travel begins to rebound after a long slump, it''s perhaps useful to be reminded that on the road, ''something invariably goes wrong, '' as Mr. Lansky says. ''At times, very wrong.''."
-"The New York Times"

."..Doug Lansky has an innate knack for zeroing in on the strangely humorous... When you think your trip isn''t going, just remember: You could be checking into the Resist Bacteria Hotel in Singapore."
-TravelandLeisure.com

."..Details some of the misadventures that make your recent misadventure (and you know you have one) seem like a walk inn the park."
-LosAngelesTimes.com

"So out of respect for all those who wouldn''t guess from the title, here''s a spoiler alert about Doug Lansky''s new book, "The Titanic Awards" Things go wrong. More precisely, the book is all about things going wrong or things being wrong. That''s the point: It''s always more interesting that way."
-SanFranciscoChronicle.com

"A lively compendium of ineptitude, turpitude, and just bizarre behavior that would be even funnier if it weren''t so depressingly familiar."
-BloombergBusinessWeek.com



"Mr. Lansky's new book, "The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel" (Perigee Trade) is dedicated 'to all the travelers who overcame annoyances and obstacles to make it to their destinations, and then willingly decided to set out traveling again.' Hey, that's us! And as business travel begins to rebound after a long slump, it's perhaps useful to be reminded that on the road, 'something invariably goes wrong, ' as Mr. Lansky says. 'At times, very wrong.'."
-"The New York Times"
..".Doug Lansky has an innate knack for zeroing in on the strangely humorous... When you think your trip isn't going, just remember: You could be checking into the Resist Bacteria Hotel in Singapore."
-TravelandLeisure.com
..".Details some of the misadventures that make your recent misadventure (and you know you have one) seem like a walk inn the park."
-LosAngelesTimes.com
"So out of respect for all those who wouldn't guess from the title, here's a spoiler alert about Doug Lansky's new book, "The Titanic Awards" Things go wrong. More precisely, the book is all about things going wrong or things being wrong. That's the point: It's always more interesting that way."
-SanFranciscoChronicle.com
"A lively compendium of ineptitude, turpitude, and just bizarre behavior that would be even funnier if it weren't so depressingly familiar."
-BloombergBusinessWeek.com

About the Author

Doug Lansky, a writer and a traveler, has chronicled his travels around the world in his hilarious and vividly descriptive column, "The Vagabond." His travels have included cruising up the Amazon on a cargo ship, living and blowgun hunting with Jaguar Indians in Peru, buying a horse and riding it to Colombia, hitchhiking through Syria and Jordan, where he befriended sergeants in the Iraqi military, riding a camel across the desert in India, and sailing down the Nile. Doug's articles have appeared in "Spy" and "Might" magazines as well as in numerous major U.S. daily newspapers. He is also the co-author of "How to Survive High School with Minimal Brain Damage," published when Doug was just sixteen years old.

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Doug Lansky has traveled enough to realize that no one wants to hear about your marvelous trip - the scenic vistas, the romantic lodgings, the fabulous food. What people really want to hear about is what went wrong and the more disastrous the better. Tell them about your moonlit night on a gondola in Venice and eyes glaze over. Until you get to the part where you fell out of the gondola into the canal.

The bad travel experiences in The Titanic Awards don't often result in either hilarity or tragedy. They sometimes are no more than complaints or mild rants, such as that internet access at five-star hotels costs too much. The book is laid out like a long magazine article with lots of lists, charts, and quotations. You can easily read a few pages at a time while you're watching TV, or do as Lansky suggests and keep it in the bathroom.

Many Titanic Awards will inspire you to nominate your own candidates for worst beach, for example. It would have to be pretty bad to beat the one in the United Arab Emirates, which collects so much oil from passing tankers that, according to the book, it has beach showers equipped with industrial cleaners and pot scrubbers to get the tar balls off your feet.

Many of the "Titanic Awards" were given to Ryanair for their numerous innovations. Their proposal to reconfigure aircraft for passengers to stand for the entire flight, for instance, or the plan to charge passengers to use the on board toilets. If you follow travel and aviation news at all, you may already be familiar with many of the trinkets in the book.

Some of the lists are a bit mysterious. The one that most perplexed me was "Lamest Natural Wonders of the World" which had the Grand Canyon as the 4th lamest natural wonder. The Grand Canyon? Lame?
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