I laughed so hard I got an ab workout! I loved hearing about his adventures abroad, although I'd rather be living some of them myself. If you can't travel then reading about it by a great writer is the next best thing.
After suffering cuts in pay and benefits as a flight attendant after 9/11, Hester turned in his wings and became a travel writer. This follow-up to his industry tell-all, Plane Insanity, is based on his syndicated column, "Continental Drifter," and details his experiences traveling across six continents in the space of a year, spending just $60 a day. Although Hester manages to land on couches as often as he rents hotel rooms, this isn't a guide to frugal travel tricks. Instead, it's a romp with an adventurer who rarely becomes jaded or travel weary, and has a way of falling into amusing situations. For example, Hester's affection for Kangol hats has people mistaking him for Samuel L. Jackson at a film festival in eastern Europe; true to his jaunty nature, he doesn't correct them. Hester's writing is lively, and he keeps his observations light. However, the travelogue does have serious moments, as when the author describes being stared at unrelentingly in Argentina because, he says, 97% of the inhabitants are of white European origin. But the seriousness, like Hester's stay in each country, never lasts long.
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Tara C. reviewed Adventures of a Continental Drifter : An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food on + 6 more book reviews
I thought it was interesting that the author would drop everything just to travel the world with nothing really more then some extra clothes and some cash! Most of the events that happen to him while traveling are pretty funny, but some of them are kind of disturbing.
Kathy R. (kathyr144) reviewed Adventures of a Continental Drifter : An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food on
I thought this would be a great book - I love to read books on other's travels. However I was very disappointed - I could not even finish this book. The author's observations on other people are just plain mean and I have never been a fan of reading other people's erotic fantasies. This is a horrid book.