Sunday, 16 March 2008

AP and Chicago Tribune review new edition of "The Practical Nomad"

It’s always fun to get good news from back home while travelling. In my case, the news that’s reached me here in Sana’a, Yemen (a delightful place to visit, if you ever get the chance, with the first high-speed Internet connection we’ve had in weeks) is of a couple of reviews of the latest edition of my best selling book:

New books to take you around the world

(by Beth Harpaz, Associated Press; published in multiple newspapers including the Dallas Morning News, 8 January 2008)

NEW YORK: It’s time to start thinking about the year’s opportunities for travel, and several new books are out to guide you….

The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World by Edward Hasbrouck (Avalon Travel, $22) is an updated fourth edition described by the author in his preface as a “how-to handbook of advice and tips for independent, on-your-own travel.” It’s especially suitable for anyone planning, or dreaming about, the trip of a lifetime.

The book offers information on everything from budgeting to luggage to health issues to air travel.

It can even help you make the decision to get up and go, arguing that world travel will enhance your career, be good for your children and cost less than you may think.

Resourceful traveler: Specialty travel

(by J.D. Brown And Margaret Backenheimer, Chicago Tribune, 9 March 2008)

The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World, Avalon, $21.95; ISBN: 978-1-56691-828-2

In its fourth edition, this extensive handbook is something of a bible for independent, on-their-own travelers seeking to circumnavigate the world. Its tips and advice apply to anyone considering a long journey abroad.

After eliminating the stereotypes applied to “backpackers” — most are not students, many are professionals and overall the majority spend more than average visitors — author Edward Hasbrouck surveys the actual costs, potential itineraries and most useful resources for an independent international sojourn. He then addresses modes of transport, with a full chapter on understanding airfares and booking the smartest routes.

Further chapters give world travelers the scoop on travel insurance, baggage handling, local guides and guidebooks, money changing and choosing travel companions. Detailed listings of print and online resources covering all these topics are packed into a 100-page appendix, and each chapter is flagged with anecdotes from the author’s own round-the-world adventures.

Link | Posted by Edward on Sunday, 16 March 2008, 09:42 ( 9:42 AM)

The website for the foreign transaction class action lawsuit has some information now about the algorithm for determining the settlement refund based on number of days travelled. (As far as I can tell you haven't posted on the matter for a month or so, so I'm posting the info here.)

"The algorithm is designed to provide an estimate of a Claimant's refund using the information supplied in the Claimant's Refund Option 2 claim form and other data, including from the U.S. Department of Commerce's survey noted above. The algorithm calculation for a Refund Option 2 claim will be based on a 1% foreign transaction fee."

1%, even though the fees were usually between 1 and 3% as far as I know.

Thank you for your own info, and your objection work. I found your site through google after I realized I lost the settlement documents that were sent to me in the mail and went to look for information on the web.

Posted by: I Am Dali, 21 March 2008, 20:51 ( 8:51 PM)
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