There’s something about travel writing that holds great allure for those who dream or even romanticize about the thought of tossing a couple of changes of clothes, a Moleskine notebook, a pen and maybe a beat up copy of Hemingway into a backpack and taking off.
101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die by the contributors to the travel website matadornetwork.com is a great concept, combined neatly with great storytelling and splash of fun; think of it as a drinking bucket list wrapped in great, entertaining travel writing.
Some of the choices included here seem a bit clichéd:
· Octoberfest in Munich
· Mardi Gras in New Orleans
· Carnival in Argentina
Really? Kinda been there done that feel…you can add the stinky folks at burning man to that list too.
Others offer some I would never have thought of that intrigue:
· McMurdo Station, Antarctica
· Katmandu, Nepal
· Harare, Zimbabwe
Well at least you’d never run out of ice at McMurdo.
And would fall into the no thanks, I’ll pass category:
· Tel Aviv, Israel
· Goa, India
· Phuket, Thailand
Sorry, but risking my life to hoist a few just isn’t on my to do list.
Serious travel guide…not so much, but it does offer an interesting look at the world from a different perspective than the “normal” itinerary…whatever that is.