Book Review : “Going Local – Experiences and Encounters of the Road” – By Nicholas Kontis
By Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer
There are travel books and there are travel books. The newest to debut is Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road by Nicholas Kontis. Go for it on Amazon. Part primer, part travelogue, part tipster, part autobiographical, part tour guide – and all very good – this is a ground breaking tome for all interested in the wide and ever expanding world of travel.
Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, provided praise on the book jacket: “Going Local is going to be a hit.”
A multifaceted look at the burgeoning world of travel by a writer who has lived it, Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road, has many subjects covered charmingly and authoritatively. The backbone of the book, however, is eight 8 key interviews — Tony Wheeler * Richard Bangs * Patricia Schultz * Rick Steves * Judith Fein * James Dorsey * David Noyes * Don George. As Kontis writes, “This is all about getting takes on travel from travel experts that I admire. I sit down with idols of mine, great travelers who give me their take on travel.”
And there is more appealing subject matter:
The growing peer to peer travel movement – Airbnb, Couchsurfing and Home Exchange
The Food Movement – Meal Sharing, Cooking Classes, Food Tours. As Kontis writes: “Ten years ago none of us were foodies. Now, food is a main season to visit a destination. Many new relationships happen over a meal.”
Living overseas – taking the plunge to become a local in a new country and becoming an expat and changing your life.
Nick Kontis spends the dominant part of his year travelling between San Francisco, Los Angeles, Napa, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Not a bad way to live.
Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road is his first book. It is exceptionally deserving of the “Rookie of the Year” award for a travel tome. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
See the testimonials from acclaimed writing travelers and “A List” travel industry experts.
Many people – Mark Twain included – have noted how travel is a certain cure for bigotry and narrow-mindedness. I hope Nick’s book may help persuade people to take the treatment.
Nick Kontis writes about the way we should be traveling. It’s not about package tours and brief stops, but deep immersion into getting to know locals and finding out about why they – and now you – love the places they call home.
Nicholas Kontis fully showcases a better way to travel by immersing into local society
Nick Kontis is committed to the kind of travel that brings peace, communication, and joy.
Nick Kontis is championing a travel concept that I have held for decades, “Immersion” in local culture. I believe this is the path to international understanding and applaud him for his work
With more Nick Kontises on the road, we’d have a much more peaceful world. Support his kind of “going local.”
The single biggest impact on my children’s education is the experiences they share, with locals, around the world. Nick Kontis opens up a world many don’t realize is accessible to them.
About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. They are professors at Dartmouth College in the MALS program and. authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami…
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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