The End Of Elsewhere: Travels Among The Tourists

by Taras Grescoe

McClelland & Stewart | January 10, 2006 | Trade Paperback |

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Hilariously informative: the travel book of the year

Where do you go when there's nowhere left to go?

Now that seven hundred million tourists leave home every year, there doesn't seem to be a single patch of earth untouched by the tourist industry. Lager louts vomit on Mediterranean beaches, extreme athletes race up the Matterhorn, and blue-collar sex tourists head to Bangkok to hook up with under-aged girls.

Rather than fleeing the hordes, Taras Grescoe plunges into the ruts where the tourists are thickest. Starting at the tip of Spain's Land End and finishing, nine months later, on the soldier-patrolled beaches of China's End of the Earth, he crosses the entire Eurasian landmass, touring France using Michelin guides, taking the cure at Baden-Baden, stuffing his face on a cruise ship, and following the Lonely Planet crowd from India to Kathmandu. Along the way he tells the story of leisure travel - from the Grand Tour of old to the Cook's tour of today, from ascetic religious pilgrimages to all-inclusive charters to tropical islands. Can a thirty-something Canadian writer survive bunking with a homophobic roommate on an If-This-Is-Tuesday bus tour? Partying with college-aged pub crawlers in Rome? Trekking among the opium-growing hilltribes of Thailand?

A hilarious on-the-road odyssey, The End of Elsewhere is also a brilliant history of world tourism. It's a lament for the way we've turned the remotest corners of the world into places in which authenticity is a quaint performance put on by the locals. And it's a superb account of how one compulsive traveller came to see that, in the end, you must go home again.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 328 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: January 10, 2006

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771035519

ISBN - 13: 9780771035517

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The End Of Elsewhere: Travels Among The Tourists

The End Of Elsewhere: Travels Among The Tourists

by Taras Grescoe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 328 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: January 10, 2006

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771035519

ISBN - 13: 9780771035517

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Naples, a little too scary and real for North American college kids, ­wasn’t a popular stop. I’d overheard the backpackers at Fawlty Towers regaling one another with stories of pickpockets and muggings. It was true: in Naples, you had to be on your toes, if only to avoid the helmetless 12-­year-­olds riding three-­to-­a-­Vespa. Shelley witnessed a murder within minutes of his arrival, and one Grand Tourist reported seeing a street urchin steal a handkerchief from an English dandy at one end of the Largo di Castello and peddle it back to him at the other. Even today, Naples, with its genially shambolic street life, had something of Bombay to it. Patrick, a hostel guest from Limerick, told me about being offered a cut-­rate carton of Marlboros in the market. “Jesus,” he marvelled, “the fellow was completely mesmerizing. I ­couldn’t take me eyes off him.” The salesman took Patrick’s money, handed him a well-­wrapped Marlboro carton, and melted into the crowd. When Patrick tried to check his purchase, an accomplice appeared, ripped open the packaging, and showed him the cigarette packs were filled with nails. “Then he panicked, as if the carabinieri were coming, and ran off with me bloody nails!” he said. “It was worth it, though, just to see the sheer artistry of those fellows.” At the desk, Diane, from Seattle, also cautioned me about scam artists. “If you
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Hilariously informative: the travel book of the year

Where do you go when there's nowhere left to go?

Now that seven hundred million tourists leave home every year, there doesn't seem to be a single patch of earth untouched by the tourist industry. Lager louts vomit on Mediterranean beaches, extreme athletes race up the Matterhorn, and blue-collar sex tourists head to Bangkok to hook up with under-aged girls.

Rather than fleeing the hordes, Taras Grescoe plunges into the ruts where the tourists are thickest. Starting at the tip of Spain's Land End and finishing, nine months later, on the soldier-patrolled beaches of China's End of the Earth, he crosses the entire Eurasian landmass, touring France using Michelin guides, taking the cure at Baden-Baden, stuffing his face on a cruise ship, and following the Lonely Planet crowd from India to Kathmandu. Along the way he tells the story of leisure travel - from the Grand Tour of old to the Cook's tour of today, from ascetic religious pilgrimages to all-inclusive charters to tropical islands. Can a thirty-something Canadian writer survive bunking with a homophobic roommate on an If-This-Is-Tuesday bus tour? Partying with college-aged pub crawlers in Rome? Trekking among the opium-growing hilltribes of Thailand?

A hilarious on-the-road odyssey, The End of Elsewhere is also a brilliant history of world tourism. It's a lament for the way we've turned the remotest corners of the world into places in which authenticity is a quaint performance put on by the locals. And it's a superb account of how one compulsive traveller came to see that, in the end, you must go home again.


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Jacket

Hilariously informative: the travel book of the year

Where do you go when there's nowhere left to go?

Now that seven hundred million tourists leave home every year, there doesn't seem to be a single patch of earth untouched by the tourist industry. Lager louts vomit on Mediterranean beaches, extreme athletes race up the Matterhorn, and blue-collar sex tourists head to Bangkok to hook up with under-aged girls.

Rather than fleeing the hordes, Taras Grescoe plunges into the ruts where the tourists are thickest. Starting at the tip of Spain's Land End and finishing, nine months later, on the soldier-patrolled beaches of China's End of the Earth, he crosses the entire Eurasian landmass, touring France using Michelin guides, taking the cure at Baden-Baden, stuffing his face on a cruise ship, and following the Lonely Planet crowd from India to Kathmandu. Along the way he tells the story of leisure travel - from the Grand Tour of old to the Cook's tour of today, from ascetic religious pilgrimages to all-inclusive charters to tropical islands. Can a thirty-something Canadian writer survive bunking with a homophobic roommate on an If-This-Is-Tuesday bus tour? Partying with college-aged pub crawlers in Rome? Trekking among the opium-growing hilltribes of Thailand?

A hilarious on-the-road odyssey, The End of Elsewhere is also a brilliant history of world tourism. It's a lament for the way we've turned the remotest corners of the world into places in which authenticity is a quaint performance put on by the locals. And it's a superb account of how one compulsive traveller came to see that, in the end, you must go home again.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Taras Grescoe has made a specialty of writing about foreign cultures for such publications as the Times of London, National Geographic Traveller, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine. His critically acclaimed book, Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec, won the Quebec Writers' Federation's Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction, the First Book Award, and The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.


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Editorial Reviews

“Essential reading.” – Globe and Mail “Sheila Copps would have done better to give every household west of Ottawa one of these with the $20 million she squandered on flags.” – Edmonton Journal “Read this entertaining book.” – Enroute “ Sacré Blues forms a GenXer’s guide to Quebec, one that’s witty, well-researched and topical…If Grescoe’s book were put on school reading lists, we’d all be richer for it.” – Toronto Star “A terrific study of contemporary Quebec.” – Vancouver Sun “Entirely entertaining, insightfully chatty and often delicious…. a revealing, gloves-off journey.” – Hour magazine “A thorough, thoroughly entertaining Ski-Doo ride through [Quebec’s] economy, language, climate, and popular and spiritual culture…his is a book to be revisited.” – Quill and Quire “Grescoe know what it is to investigate a subject and nothing scares him: Sacré Blues unearths les differences in mores and morals, cuisine and language, immigration and ethnicity, economics and social policy…and much more with zest, precision and remarkable compactness. Grescoe is always interesting and accurate in his wide-angle descriptions of everything from the St-Trite rodeo to the corporate culture of Bombardier…Along the way, he catalogues everyone and everything of value that all of us ought to know about
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