cover image Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious

Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious

Seth Kugel. Liveright, $26.95 ( 320p) ISBN 978-0-87140-850-1

In his insightful and fun book, Kugel, former New York Times “Frugal Traveler” columnist, takes on the increasingly commercial and technological aspects of 21st-century travel. His advice will stimulate travelers’ curiosity while rescuing a sense of adventure that has been eclipsed by technology and corporate tourism. Kugel bemoans the spawning of neighborhoods that have become “cultural amusement parks” brought on by the exploding business of apartment rental services in cities around the globe. Kugel stresses the benefits of traveling inexpensively: more trips can be taken, and travelers will be closer to the everyday life and will have more opportunities for discovering intriguing people, tasty food, and exhilarating sites. He admits that technology and travel media have made traveling “easier, faster, and cheaper” but cautions against overuse of online resources such as hotel and restaurant reviews, Google Maps, and GPS (“Studies show that drivers using GPS to get somewhere don’t pay attention to their surroundings and thus have more trouble finding their way back”). Although Kugel acknowledges that the travel industry will always be necessary “to transport people to their destinations,” he believes that adventurous souls will have more luck finding inspiration, personalization, and self-discovery with “just a tiny push toward less-planned travel experiences.” Kugel’s advice for discovery-filled travel is thought-provoking and surprisingly simple. (Oct.)