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Interview with Claudia Ricci, Writer and HuffPo Trailblazer

Monday, April 11, 2011
Interview with Claudia Ricci, Writer and HuffPo Trailblazer

If you haven’t already heard about or become a fan of the first serialized novel to be presented on the Huffington Post, you better get on the ball, Nancy! It’s called Seeing Red by Claudia Ricci and you can find all weekly updates here. Readers, if you’ve gleaned anything at all over these past... »

Mindful Tourist Book Review: The Geography of Bliss

Saturday, April 10, 2010
Mindful Tourist Book Review: The Geography of Bliss

Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss is exactly the book we would write if we were half as good a writer as he is.  See? We just ended a sentence with a preposition.  Oh, that’s not a preposition?  See?  We’re hopeless. Billed as “one grump’s search for the happiest places in the world,” Weiner... »

Can Tourism Play a Part in Saving the Environment?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Can Tourism Play a Part in Saving the Environment?

We have been reading Mike Tidwell’s Bayou Farewell over the last couple of weeks.  Published in 2003, it’s Mike’s journey through Louisiana Cajun country, getting to know the many different groups of people, immersing himself in the Cajun/Southern/French/Vietnamese/Houma Indian/etc. cultures he finds there.  It’s a fascinating inside look at the people, the land, but... »

Middle Eastern Tourism Gets a Book-Based Boost

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Middle Eastern Tourism Gets a Book-Based Boost

We are excited about two new books out focusing on Middle Eastern tourism.  Just by reading the book review by Ted Swedenburg of University of Arkansas, it makes us want to run out and get them.  We’ve included a few excerpts from his excellent and comprehensive review: “Waleed Hazbun’s Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics... »

Interview with Writer and Budding Anthropologist Peter Rudiak-Gould

Monday, November 9, 2009
Interview with Writer and Budding Anthropologist Peter Rudiak-Gould

The Mindful Tourist is thrilled to have been able to sit down (virtually) with Peter Rudiak-Gould, author of Surviving Paradise, a memoir we recently reviewed right here on this site.  We talked with Peter about his new book, his experiences on Ujae, and his travels.  Mindful Tourist: As I mentioned in my review of your book, as I read it,... »

“Surviving Paradise” a Wonderful Read

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
“Surviving Paradise” a Wonderful Read

Peter Rudiak-Gould’s new memoir, Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island, is a unique and conflicted account of his year as a young adult volunteer living among the Marshallese people of the small island of Ujae.  When he says small, he means small:  the island is home to only around 400 people and... »

The Ridiculous Race – A Must-Read

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Ridiculous Race – A Must-Read

Many travel books follow the same basic recipe: 1 life event 1-3 countries 1 epiphany Dash of love Blend and cook at 350 degrees. Yawn. The Ridiculous Race will have none of that.  This hilarious book is written by two friends as they carry out a pact to circumvent the globe – one going west, the other east,... »

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