Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide by Douglas S. MackEurope on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide by Douglas S. Mack

Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide

byDouglas S. Mack

Paperback | April 3, 2012

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Prepare to Get Lost on the Beaten Path...

When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day, he stumbled on an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that's nearly a half century out-of-date. Add to the mix his mother's much- documented grand tour through Europe in the late 1960s, and the result is a funny and fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed- and has not-in the last generation.

After a whirlwind adventure spanning eight countries-and costing way more than five dollars a day-Mack's endearing account is part time travel, part paean to Arthur Frommer's much-loved guide, and a celebration of the modern traveler's grand (and not-so-grand) tour.

Douglas Mack has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, WorldHum.com, and other publications. He is based in Minneapolis with a digital home at www.douglasmack.net.
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Title:Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399537325

ISBN - 13:9780399537325

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh The author comes across as whiny and self-pitying. He's clearly more of an armchair traveler. Absolutely loved his mother, though. Now she's the real deal! His obsession with German food was annoying. Just go to Mickey Dee's already if you're so paranoid! I understand what he was trying to accomplish using a vintage travel guide, but it became exasperating, especially when it came to using maps. Why he'd want to use a 50 + year old map is anybody's guess (I would say for comedy relief, but this book is not funny, so I'm going to say it's just for sheer bloody orneriness). It made me pick up Twain's The Innocents Abroad, so there is that to be said about it I suppose.
Date published: 2012-08-17