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Travel Anywhere (and Avoid Being a Tourist) is 200 beautiful pages of our favorite travel recommendations, suggestions, anecdotes, and photos — our best tips for how to be a better traveler. It's basically the collective Gentedimontagna brain on paper.
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Here's a preview: Trips of a Lifetime. This excerpt is from chapter two, Spin the Globe, which tackles the first question of every trip: Where should I go? You could place your finger on the map randomly and go (we admire your faith!) or head someplace trendy (The Arctic, Slovenia, and Cuba) or timeless (The Amalfi Coast, African safaris, London and Paris). Then where? Here are more ideas. Don't think of these thirteen spots as a bucket list but rather a checklist of unforgettable destinations.
The B-side, in other words, once you’ve played the greatest hits.
Still floating, still beautiful.
The drill: You’re supposed to feel lost.
The colorful land of Indian royalty.
Fabric mill: Bring home textiles as souvenirs.
THE SILK ROAD
Retrace the steps of ancient traders.
Historic shill: Goods, ideas, and religion moved from Indonesia to China to Persia to Egypt to Italy on this route.
THE SWISS ALPS
For dramatic peaks and ski breaks within an hour of major cities.
Stand still: The hills are alive. The lakes are to die for.
The kingdom of happiness and Himalayas.
Goodwill: The global capital is the only one that doesn’t need a traffic light.
THE UNITED STATES WEST
Where the myth of the American cowboy lives.
Find a grill: Dinner calls for a nice, juicy steak.
The perfect cliché of Italian country living.
Time to swill: Chianti. Bolgheri. Brunello. Vin Santo. Super Tuscan.
THE GREAT WALL
An architectural marvel to this day.
Fits the bill: But it can’t actually be seen from the moon.
The imposing peak that can actually be conquered.
Get your fill: Follow the climb with a trip to the beach.
THE GREAT PYRAMIDS
Of mummies both mysterious and magical.
Be still: Ponder those wonders on a sail down the Nile.
An icy wonderland of penguins and polar bears.
Added thrill: Approach the architecture of icebergs by ship.
THE FJORDS OF NORWAY
Where mountains meet sea in dramatic style.
Rare chill: Absorb the ancient Viking vibes.
The once hidden village built by the clever Incas.
On the hill: Behold one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
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Edited excerpt taken from Travel Anywhere (and Avoid Being a Tourist), by Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati, founders of travel website Gentedimontagna, published by Hardie Grant Books, April 2019.