Grounded!: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

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In the spirit of AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, an intrepid writer rediscovers the magic of travel by circumnavigating the world with one simple rule: no planes, ever. How to really see the world by not flying over it ...'I have good news and bad news. the good news is, they let me aboard the ship.' 'I can't believe it,' Rebecca says excitedly. 'I thought there was no chance! I'm almost done packing - I'll catch a taxi to the terminal now!' 'See, this is the bad news part,' I say, watching the docks slowly recede into the distance ...Let's face it, for all its convenience, flying sucks the adventure out of a journey. Check your shoes. Bag your liquids. So when Seth Stevenson decided to embark on the ultimate adventure - circumnavigating the world, no less - he vowed to recapture what he once loved about travel by sticking to one simple rule: no planes, ever. In the spirit of Around the World in Eighty Days, he sets off with fellow traveller Rebecca as expert navigatrix determined to savour every unexpected bump in the road - and see everything you miss by flying over it. He bunks on cargo freighters, cruise ships and ferries, rides on rickshaws, motorbikes and double-decker buses, drives a car across the Australian outback, pedals a bicycle through Vietnam, rattles across Russia on the trans-Siberian Railway - and even abandons Rebecca in Singapore to maintain his 'no fly' rule. this funny, wise and thoroughly entertaining armchair tour around the world is a timely reminder of what travelling should be. 'With travel writing it's not just about where you go, it's who you're on the journey with. Seth Stevenson makes a delightful travelling companion and Grounded is a charming read' AA Gill, author of AA GILL IS AWAY and tHE ANGY ISLAND

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About the Author:

Seth Stevenson, is a contributing writer for Slate. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is the winner of the 2005 Online Journalism Award for commentary.

From Booklist:

Anyone familiar with Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days will already know the basic premise of Stephenson’s book: an around-the-world voyage in which we visit strange lands, meet unusual people, and have interesting adventures. Unlike Phileas Fogg, however, Stevenson and his traveling companion (his girlfriend, Rebecca) have no deadline: they can take as long as they want to make their way around the globe. But, like Fogg, they intend to stay earthbound the entire time (his balloon trip wasn’t on the original agenda), eschewing airplanes for cargo freighters, buses, bicycles, and other terrestrial forms of transportation. It’s a very entertaining story, told in a spirited, engaging style (the author is an experienced travel writer). While falling in the very contemporary category of “extreme travel,” this entertaining account manages to combine a hip modern approach with a charming nostalgic feel. A must for armchair travelers. --David Pitt

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Editore: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (2010)
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Descrizione libro HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used; Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 2349392

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Descrizione libro HarperCollins Publishers Australia 2010 Paperback, 2010. Condizione libro: Very Good. ?I have good news and bad news . The good news is, they let me aboard the ship.? ?I can?t believe it,? Rebecca says excitedly. ?I thought there was no chance! I?m almost done packing - I?ll catch a taxi to the terminal now! ? ?See, this is the bad news part,? I say, watching the docks slowly recede into the distance . Let?s face it, for all its convenience, flying sucks the adventure out of a journey. Check your shoes. Bag your liquids. So when Seth Stevenson decided to embark on the ultimate adventure - circumnavigating the world, no less - he vowed to recapture what he once loved about travel by sticking to one simple rule: no planes, ever. In the spirit of Around the World in Eighty Days, he sets off with fellow traveller Rebecca as expert navigatrix to recapture the true spirit of travel by savouring every unexpected bump in the road - and seeing everything you miss by flying over it. He bunks on cargo freighters, cruise ships and ferries, rides on rickshaws, motorbikes and double-decker buses, drives a car across the Australian outback, pedals a bicycle through Vietnam, rattles across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway - and even abandons Rebecca in Singapore to maintain his ?no fly? rule and make a vital connection. This funny, wise and fascinating armchair tour around the world is a timely reminder of what travelling should be. 320 pages. Codice libro della libreria 826519

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Descrizione libro Harper Collins Aus, 2010. Softcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: No Dust Jacket. Early Edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 320 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Travel & Places; ISBN: 0732287979. ISBN/EAN: 9780732287979. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: RB15968. Codice libro della libreria RB15968

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