Thursday, 26 January 2012
Review of "The Practical Nomad" by Wayne Bernhardson
Southern Cone expert Wayne Bernhardson is one of the best guidebook writers I know: knowledgeable, observant, thoughtful, and opinionated -- in the fine tradition of personal voices of Moon Handbooks authors -- yet able to communicate enough of the basis for his opinions that I can tell from his description when I might dislike something he likes, or vice versa. (He's also unfailingly friendly and generous, although guidebook readers don't necessarily care about that.) Whenever I travel in, or write about, Argentina or Chile, my starting point is always Wayne's guidebooks, even if to pursue my own tastes I often diverge from his suggested itineraries. I follow his blog, and he follows mine.
I'm honored that Wayne has just posted a review of the new 5th edition of The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World in his Southern Cone Guidebooks and Moon Over South America blogs. Wayne's review is worth reading as a general commentary on spontaneity in travel and the life of a working travel writer, but also has this to say about my book:
One person who's adapted to the times is my travel-writing colleague Edward Hasbrouck, probably the best-traveled person I know, who's just released a new fifth edition of The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World.
The Practical Nomad is exactly what it says: a nuts-and-bolts manual on traveling abroad -- not necessarily literally "around the world" - for extended periods of time. It is not destination-oriented; rather, it offers suggestions on how to get the best out of whatever destination you choose. I recall that, after renting our apartment in Buenos Aires, he and his companion Ruth Radetsky found plenty to see and do in muggy subtropical Posadas - a city that foreign air travelers rarely even see and most overlanders visit only long enough to change buses for Iguazu Falls. To quote a phrase from the classic People's Guide to Mexico [one of my favorites as well - EH], "Wherever you go, there you are."
That said, The Practical Nomad offers informed tips that, given Edward's background as a professional travel agent and right-to-travel activist, are far more reliable that the scuttlebutt rumors I used to get from other travelers whose paths I crossed. They are light years better than any crowd-sourced information on the Internet, even though I might quibble with some of his details....
The Practical Nomad focuses on topics such as getting time off for foreign travel and financing it, flights and other transportation options, the bureaucracy of documents, visas and border crossings, and especially tech suggestions. Edward also writes the informative blog of the same name, "The Practical Nomad", which focuses on freedom-of-travel issues but also provides perspective on topics such as The Amazing Race "reality" TV show.
Thanks, Wayne, and happy travels!Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 26 January 2012, 08:46 ( 8:46 AM) | TrackBack (0)