an interesting read. by the end i found myself wondering
why the author made most of the decisions that she had. she seemed
surprised by the outcome of her actions...i wasn't surprised at all..
I have actually read this book and am not copying the description from the back of the book. Believe me, except for some funny family history at the beginning and here and there throughout there is nothing hilarious about this book. The woman who wrote it is completely lacking in common sense and is so desperate for love that she will do the most unimaginably idiotic things to pursue it. She may be bright, but she sure isn't smart. She's lucky to be alive. I don't know if she learned anything because the last page of the book states that she lives in Los Angelos with a guy she "picked up" in Bolivia. I imagine he's long gone by now, but I'm sure she's found a replacement or two in trips back to Central America. She should just save her money and time and check-out the homeless shelters.
I found the book intensely engaging if you like travel stories and regardless of what you think of the author's common sense, it is quite an adventure story.
An amusing and sometimes poignant book about finding "home" in places near and far. I liked Dale's honesty as she recounted her adventures in the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Fun and informative easy read. She whines about her parents a little too much, but the book is really entertaining and interesting. Hope she writes more.
A bumpy and hilarious ride in which Wendy discovers that a successful vacation-much like that elusive thing, happiness-can be found in some of the most unlikely places imaginable.
From salsa dancing in a rum-induced haze and struggling to exercise in Colombia ("the guerillas were using the track again today"), to crossing international borders unconventionally and dodging bombs in Lebanon ("the good news was that they were 'small bombs'"), Wendy somehow manages to find herself in the midst of hysterical, adventurous, and often illegal situations. Case in poing--every time she heads to Costa Rica, she is forced to visit another prison. Although a jail may not be everyone's idea of a place to find a date, Wendy soon falls in love with a man, a country, and its people and risks everything she has to clear his name.
Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals is a bumpy and hilarious ride in which Wendy discovers that a successful vacation--much like that elusive thing,happiness--can be found in some of the most unlikely places imaginable.