I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers

I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers

In this hilarious anthology 50 top travel writers, novelists and journalists, including Isabel Allende, Jan Morris, Barbara Kingsolver, Paul Theroux, Mary Morris, Dominique Lapierre, Eric Hansen, Rick Steves, Tony Wheeler and Helen Gurley Brown, tell the stories of their greatest travel disasters. Most of the writers of these original essays are contributing their royaltie...

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Title:I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers
Author:Roger Rapoport
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I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers Reviews

  • Monica

    My pop was being a wiseass, so he gave me this book before I went on a trip because it's a tome of terrible travel experiences. I dug it.

  • Cat.

    Some hysterically funny descriptions of trips-gone-wrong (scorpions falling from the ceiling) as well as some thought-provoking ones (spending a winter night in Grand Central Station with all the resident homeless). Also, just a lot of interesting places mentioned. Reading this made me want to get on a train/plane/boat & GO! Altho' p'raps not to Ceylon or Central America....

  • Anne

    Great bedtime reading! ~

  • Kathy Webber

    I picked up this book in an airport and it has provided me with entertaining reading for years. The experiences of being lost, horrible food, strange locals, being kidnapped by locals or worse are consistently intriguing and often hilarious. I keep this in my guest room.

  • Batesharbuck

    Great fun! Some of their tales make any travel woes I may have experienced look pretty tame.

  • Shelley Guyton

    Sometimes it's more fun to remember the bad stuff.

  • John Orman

    Travel horror stories by all types of writers!

    Barbara Kingsolver was rejected from a restaurant while visiting New York.

    Paul Theroux had an unfortunate hangover while in Zambia.

    Rick Steves having a wild time on a bus with a stoned Afghan driver.

    Other than those stories, there are many more--freezing campers, army ants, warfare crossfire, avoiding sexual predators, falsely arrested, and frozen solid at the North Pole!

    Read if you dare, but most of all--travel if you dare!

  • Mellen

    The best part of this book was the opening essay by Mary Morris. She opines that the best memories come out of the worst experiences. I found it to be a marvelous viewpoint. Ironically, the best stories did not live up to the title of the book -- these were interesting and uplifting tales of redemption: Isabel Allende's story of camping in Paris and finding that the food in restaurants wasn't that much better than camp food; Muriel Dobbin's story of traveling around the world with LBJ; Mary Mack

    The best part of this book was the opening essay by Mary Morris. She opines that the best memories come out of the worst experiences. I found it to be a marvelous viewpoint. Ironically, the best stories did not live up to the title of the book -- these were interesting and uplifting tales of redemption: Isabel Allende's story of camping in Paris and finding that the food in restaurants wasn't that much better than camp food; Muriel Dobbin's story of traveling around the world with LBJ; Mary Mackey's story of the army ants cleansing her hotel; Croutier's story of making extra spending money after she was forced to buy caviar and champagne at the Soviet border; Eric Hansen's educational story of spending a cold winter's night in Grand Central Station; Carole Peccorini's story of an amorous orangutan. The least successful stories were those that told of just miserable experiences where the travelers could find no redeeming feature of their trip. No matter where they were, Nepal, Italy, Idaho, or the Dominican Republic, somehow these travelers came out seeming more whiny than put upon and surely should have stayed at home.

    2012 #3

  • Amber the Human

    So I bought the sequel to this book a few years ago and didn't much enjoy it. So why did I then buy this book? Probably because it's a dollar. Probably because it's been over a year since I've left the country and I felt like taking a trip in my mind. It had some good stories, some I still think about. Some more depressing than others. None super funny. But, you know, it was a dollar.

  • Nicole

    The best thing about this book is that each chapter is written by travel writers who have gained notoriety in their given fields, usually for longer novels or magazine articles. Those tend to not include "things that go wrong" so the book itself promises the reader to learn about how even seasoned travel writers experience hardship and unexpected bumps while on the road. However, for a lot of the stories one would be hard pressed to categorize them as a "worst trip". I mean one story is about ho

    The best thing about this book is that each chapter is written by travel writers who have gained notoriety in their given fields, usually for longer novels or magazine articles. Those tend to not include "things that go wrong" so the book itself promises the reader to learn about how even seasoned travel writers experience hardship and unexpected bumps while on the road. However, for a lot of the stories one would be hard pressed to categorize them as a "worst trip". I mean one story is about how a lady did not know how to use the washing machine in her rented Paris apartment and it ran for twelve hours - not something which should have ruined a vacation nor constituted a horrible trip experience. The stories are a bit dated as well as the book was published in 1994 and many of the stories themselves took place in decades prior. However, it is light reading and each story can be read independently of the other so it is an easy book to put down and return to or read a story nightly before bed.

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