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Adventures of a Continental Drifter: An Around-The-World Excursion Into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food

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Praise for Adventures of a Continental Drifter

“Elliot Hester tells funny and sometimes harrowing stories. Wrapped up in the core of each tale is some bit of illumination: about other countries and other people, about travelers and dreams. The man has no permanent home and travels incessantly, a world citizen adrift in a cross-cultural maze, frequently bewildered but curiously at ‘home in the oddest places. Hes one of my travel heroes.”

---Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh

Continental Drifter is travel beyond the brochure---a real look at the places we go but stripped of the hype and pretty pictures. What remains, under Elliott Hesters careful telling, are stories that are far more compelling than the sanitized-for-our-protection versions of reality that often pass for travel writing. This is the real deal, refreshing but no less enticing.”

---Catharine Hamm, travel editor, Los Angeles Times

“The unexpurgated version of Elliott Hesters around-the-world journey, with all the good parts we couldnt print in the newspaper.”

---Randy Curwen, travel editor, Chicago Tribune

“When it comes to travel, and for that matter, life itself, one of the worst five letter words is…plans. Elliott Hester is the personification of travel without plans … wild adventures, great stories, and some important lessons for even the most sophisticated travelers.”

---Peter Greenberg, travel editor, NBCs Today Show

Review:

"After suffering cuts in pay and benefits as a flight attendant after 9/11, Hester turned in his wings and became a travel writer. This follow-up to his industry tell-all, Plane Insanity, is based on his syndicated column, 'Continental Drifter,' and details his experiences traveling across six continents in the space of a year, spending just $60 a day. Although Hester manages to land on couches as often as he rents hotel rooms, this isn't a guide to frugal travel tricks. Instead, it's a romp with an adventurer who rarely becomes jaded or travel weary, and has a way of falling into amusing situations. For example, Hester's affection for Kangol hats has people mistaking him for Samuel L. Jackson at a film festival in eastern Europe; true to his jaunty nature, he doesn't correct them. Hester's writing is lively, and he keeps his observations light. However, the travelogue does have serious moments, as when the author describes being stared at unrelentingly in Argentina because, he says, 97% of the inhabitants are of white European origin. But the seriousness, like Hester's stay in each country, never lasts long. Agent, Faith Hamlin. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world. Drifting across six continents, his tales range from the bizarre to the dangerous, to the flat-out shocking.

Synopsis:

One year. Six continents. Twenty-two countries. Endless stories to tell.

In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to more than fifty destinations. Elliott's tales about his travels range from the bizarre to the hilarious to the flat-out shocking.  Travel with him as he:

 

* Chases off transvestites in the South Pacific

* Gets drunk on Estonian moonshine at the maker's eightieth birthday party
* Impersonates Samuel L. Jackson at the 38th International Film Festival in the Czech Republic
* Ponders the Finnish tradition of sprinting from steamy sauna to plunge into the frigid Baltic Sea---naked!
* And much more

Only an around-the-world excursion could produce such outlandish, hair-raising, hysterical adventures.  And only Elliott Hester could make such vivid observations and write such vibrant insights about life---and people---on the road.

Synopsis:

In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to over fifty destinations. Elliott's tales about his travels range from the bizarreto the hilarious to the flat-out shocking. Travel with him as he:

Chases off transvestites in the South Pacific

Gets drunk on Estonian moonshine at the maker's eightieth birthday party

Impersonates Samuel L. Jackson at the 38th International Film Festival in the Czech Republic

Ponders the Finnish tradition of sprinting from steamy sauna to plunge into the frigid Baltic Sea--naked!

And much more.

Only an around-the-world excursion could produce such outlandish, hair-raising, hysterical adventures. And only Elliott Hester could make such vivid observations and write such vibrant insights about life---and people---on the road.

About the Author

Bestselling author Elliott Hester is an award-winning travel writer. He writes “Continental Drifter,” a syndicated travel column carried nationwide, and has no fixed address.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312312411
Subtitle:
An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food
Author:
Hester, Eliott
Author:
Hester, Elliott
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages around the world
Subject:
Hester, Elliott
Publication Date:
20050901
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.716 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After suffering cuts in pay and benefits as a flight attendant after 9/11, Hester turned in his wings and became a travel writer. This follow-up to his industry tell-all, Plane Insanity, is based on his syndicated column, 'Continental Drifter,' and details his experiences traveling across six continents in the space of a year, spending just $60 a day. Although Hester manages to land on couches as often as he rents hotel rooms, this isn't a guide to frugal travel tricks. Instead, it's a romp with an adventurer who rarely becomes jaded or travel weary, and has a way of falling into amusing situations. For example, Hester's affection for Kangol hats has people mistaking him for Samuel L. Jackson at a film festival in eastern Europe; true to his jaunty nature, he doesn't correct them. Hester's writing is lively, and he keeps his observations light. However, the travelogue does have serious moments, as when the author describes being stared at unrelentingly in Argentina because, he says, 97% of the inhabitants are of white European origin. But the seriousness, like Hester's stay in each country, never lasts long. Agent, Faith Hamlin. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world. Drifting across six continents, his tales range from the bizarre to the dangerous, to the flat-out shocking.
"Synopsis" by ,
One year. Six continents. Twenty-two countries. Endless stories to tell.

In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to more than fifty destinations. Elliott's tales about his travels range from the bizarre to the hilarious to the flat-out shocking.  Travel with him as he:

 

* Chases off transvestites in the South Pacific

* Gets drunk on Estonian moonshine at the maker's eightieth birthday party
* Impersonates Samuel L. Jackson at the 38th International Film Festival in the Czech Republic
* Ponders the Finnish tradition of sprinting from steamy sauna to plunge into the frigid Baltic Sea---naked!
* And much more

Only an around-the-world excursion could produce such outlandish, hair-raising, hysterical adventures.  And only Elliott Hester could make such vivid observations and write such vibrant insights about life---and people---on the road.

"Synopsis" by ,
In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to over fifty destinations. Elliott's tales about his travels range from the bizarreto the hilarious to the flat-out shocking. Travel with him as he:

Chases off transvestites in the South Pacific

Gets drunk on Estonian moonshine at the maker's eightieth birthday party

Impersonates Samuel L. Jackson at the 38th International Film Festival in the Czech Republic

Ponders the Finnish tradition of sprinting from steamy sauna to plunge into the frigid Baltic Sea--naked!

And much more.

Only an around-the-world excursion could produce such outlandish, hair-raising, hysterical adventures. And only Elliott Hester could make such vivid observations and write such vibrant insights about life---and people---on the road.

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