This book is a collection of nearly 300 of the best (mostly full-page) color photos from my 50+ years of travel to about 115 countries. It focuses on the most exotic destinations on all seven continents (and the people who inhabit them), along with insights and anecdotes about traveling off the beaten path. From colorful festivals like the Goroka Show in Papua New Guinea and Carnival in Rio to daily life in places like Lake Titicaca and rural Ethiopia, these photographs beautifully capture that amazing diversity of peoples who inhabit our world. The photographs themselves are a breathtaking riot of color, depicting tribal groups around the world and traditional ways of life that are rapidly vanishing. The accompanying text offers fascinating information about these little-known peoples and countries, as well as entertaining backstories about traveling off the beaten path.
Targeted Age Group:: 8-95+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always loved traveling and sharing my photos and stories with friends and other people who are unlikely to visit these far-flung and little-known corners of the world themselves. I consider myself a "closet anthropologist", who yearns to learn about people who live life very differently from me. As a former teacher, I feel the need to help others learn about these people as well. The world is rapidly modernizing, and in 20-30 years, these ways of life may have vanished completely. The time of COVID, when the world was stuck at home and unable to travel, provided the perfect opportunity to distill tens of thousands of photos down to the 300 best ones, and compile them into a cohesive book which could be shared with a much wider audience.
I have always been a traveler rather than a tourist. I have a passion for adventure…not the kind where you climb Mt. Everest to prove to yourself and the world that you have amazing endurance and ability to withstand cold, but the "Around the World in 80 Days" kind of adventure, the kind where you set off for countries whose names you can't even pronounce, to explore other cultures and other peoples, to learn how we are different and (perhaps even more importantly) how we are the same.
I search out the undiscovered, the unique, and the people and places that take me out of my comfort zone. On our honeymoon, my husband, Mark, and I rejected a luxurious Caribbean resort in favor of a two month trip around Europe, armed only with a dog-eared copy of the most popular budget travel guide of the era. When we took our first cruise, it was not on a luxury megaship to Bermuda or the Mediterranean, but on a small boat traveling on the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon.
Over the years, we have stayed as guests in the homes of local people, in Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Bhutan, and many other countries. Sometimes, these homes were of western style, much like our own. Other times, we were welcomed by indigenous people, whose homes and villages were very different. We have been honored guests at weddings in Mongolia, Bali, and Myanmar. We have experienced coming-of-age ceremonies in Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea. Each of these experiences has taught me something new.
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