Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious

9 CDs. HighBridge Audio. Dec. 2018. 11 hrs. ISBN 9781684414369. $34.99. digital download. TRAV
OrangeReviewStarKugel, the New York Times's "Frugal Traveler," wants people to change the way they travel. Kugel has been around the world and has found his most memorable visits involved simply walking down random streets and talking to locals. By no means is Kugel a Luddite—he loves to use Google Translate and other helpful apps on his smartphone. What he does try to convince the listener of, though, is not using reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp as the sole methods of choosing trip destinations. Instead, he suggests avoiding a detailed vacation plan and letting travelers explore at their own pace. Beginning with his stop at a small town in Hungary, Kugel shares many of his best trips and stories, most of which came about as he detoured from his own travel itinerary. He also talks about why some places (Paris) and items (the Mona Lisa) are famous, while other places and items go unvisited by the masses. Narrator Kyle Tait reads with great gusto and humor throughout.
VERDICT Fans of Kugel's work in the Times or his YouTube channel "Amigo Gringo" or Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, as well as anyone looking for unique travel experiences, will truly enjoy this fun audiobook.
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