There's No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

There s No Toilet Paper on the Road Less Traveled The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure The perfect trip where nothing goes wrong is surely not the memorable trip which is where everything goes wrong and one lives to tell the tale and laugh about it This collection captures the wackie

  • Title: There's No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure
  • Author: Doug Lansky
  • ISBN: 9781932361278
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • The perfect trip, where nothing goes wrong, is surely not the memorable trip, which is where everything goes wrong and one lives to tell the tale and laugh about it This collection captures the wackiest and most bizarre experiences of well known writers whose travels have taken a detour Stories include Nigel Barley escorting a monkey to the movies in Cameroon, Dave BarThe perfect trip, where nothing goes wrong, is surely not the memorable trip, which is where everything goes wrong and one lives to tell the tale and laugh about it This collection captures the wackiest and most bizarre experiences of well known writers whose travels have taken a detour Stories include Nigel Barley escorting a monkey to the movies in Cameroon, Dave Barry vainly trying to learn Japanese than how to order a beer, Alan Zweible high tailing it to a nudist camp, Donna Marazzo bravely attempting to use a high tech Italian toilet, and Richard Sterling feasting on deep fried potato bugs in Burma There are even practical tips here too readers can surely learn from Mary Roach, who discovers that utilizing an Antarctic ice sheet outhouse at the very moment a seal chooses to use its opening as a blowhole may not be the best way to start the day.

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    About "Doug Lansky"

    1. Doug Lansky

      DOUG LANSKY is an American travel writer and keynote speaker based in Sweden He spent about 10 years traveling the world nonstop, visiting over 100 countries, and has since lived outside the US for an additional 13 years Doug has contributed to Esquire, Men s Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, Reader s Digest, COLORS Magazine, PublicRadio, and many others He has written books for Rough Guides and Lonely Planet advice and photo books, not guides and has had a nationally syndicated travel column in 40 newspapers around the United States He has always been mindful of the effects of travel writing and the impact of tourism, and currently writes about this in a regular column for Skift and speaks about it at tourism conferences around the world.

    565 thoughts on “There's No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure”

    1. There's No Toilet Paper on the Road Less Traveled but if you have this book along you won't be out of luck. If this is "The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure" then I recommend swearing off the genre. Sufficient examples (of swearing that is) are included in the book.I imagine the experience of a starved goose picking through cow pies for corn compares well with reading this book. You will find a little goodie now and then but you have to be be pretty desperate to keep looking.


    2. Collection of stories about traveling. Some are funnier than others, but all together's a FABULOUS book. The story about the man visiting the nudist retreat was hilarious. I literally thought I was going to fall out of my chair I was laughing so hard.


    3. Printed in 1998, the short travel essays in this book were written in the 1970s through the early 1990s. I give this only as a perspective when reading the stories. As an example, motels no long ask ‘smoking’ or ‘non-smoking’ for a choice of rooms.These essays are a satire on the misadventures that happened to famous authors during their travels. Some of the stories were very funny and some were just good to read. This is a good book to find a new author, which I did.


    4. I didn't find the tales as funny as I had expected/hoped, although Bill Bryson can always be relied on to be amusing. The little "extras" that were at the end of each chapter & slotted in here & there, & the cartoons made me smile. On the whole an enjoyable enough read & quite a quick one too.


    5. Ok, so I have to admit this one was better than some of the others put out in the series (Sand in My Bra, Whose Panties are These, etc.) but it still wasn't the greatest collection of travel stories out there. It was kind of hit and miss with the stories. They were either really good, or not so good at all.Don't be misled by the name, this book is just a collection of short stories on the humors of travel. Its not about someone lacking toilet paper. These stories were written by various authors, [...]


    6. It might be a good omen that my first book of 2009 is a series of short stories called “There’s No Toilet Paper…on the Road Less Traveled.”From Peru to India, from Italy to Virgeenee, in a few short pages, I got a very good idea of the humor and adventure (or misadventure depending on the case) of some well heeled travelers. Most of the short stories were taken from the authors’ various books, and true to form, there were a couple that I really enjoyed, like Dave Barry’s account of t [...]


    7. Hmmmmm, what can I say about this book? It's simply a collection of "vacations gone wrong" or travel blunders. Living overseas right now I thought it would make for an amusing read. The cover alone made the book interesting enough to pick up and the introduction and first few chapters were pretty amusing but the last half sorta fizzled out for me. However, the author admits from the start that it's a compilation of stories from different people with different writing styles and that stories that [...]


    8. I had high hopes for this book. It was listed as travel humor, two categories that I enjoy, so I figured this book would be a dead ringer. Unfortunately, while it was about travel, very few of the stories were actually humorous. Most of them I found myself just being annoyed at the stupidity of the person telling the story rather than laughing with them at their experiences. There are lots of funny things that happen when traveling, so since it was short stories I kept reading thinking that the [...]


    9. Over the last two decades, I have read and loved MANY books in the Travelers' Tales series. I enjoy the often quirky, generally funny little snippets written from and about other cultural points of view, and usually bring at least one from the series while I travel myself. And while I enjoyed, for the most part, these vignettes of travels, it was the title of this book that spoke to me. Overall, I didn't find this to be one of the better books from the series. I mean, who can resist a book calle [...]


    10. This is one of the most genuinely funny books I've read in a long time. The introduction made me chuckle and several of the stories had me laughing out loud and holding on to my stomach while tears fell from my eyes. The editor is honest in saying that you'll find some of the stories hilarious and others not so much but somewhere along the way, we can see ourselves in similar situations and circumstances and while it might not be funny at the time, in the end, it makes for a good story. One of t [...]


    11. There were aspects of this book that made me snort and laugh out loud (literally). If you've traveled or lived abroad at all, you will more than likely find something that tickles your funny bone in "There's No Toilet Paper on the Road Less Traveled" - but it's not the best, or the funniest, travel-themed book I have ever read, which is why it only got 3 stars. If you find it used (as I did), pick it up - it's an easy, quick, humorous read.If you want real humor, try Bill Bryson (his Australia b [...]


    12. Finished this one up today. I've been reading it in bits and pieces (which it is perfect for) and it proved a nice break from some of the heavier subject matter I've been working my way through. Though only a few made me laugh out loud, I enjoyed the read. There weren't any disaster stories which I was happy about as those always just make me feel badly for the person. "Misadventures" is a good word for a lot of the stories in here and they all prove as good reminders that you never know quite w [...]


    13. I read this while traveling around where there really is no toilet paper and was super disappointed. I maybe chuckled once or twice. Most of the authors clearly need to get out more since they came across as naive and unworldly, i.eplaining about the strange bathrooms of Italy, I mean, c'on. Aren't travel writers supposed to have traveled a lot by definition? Next time I'll just stick to Bill Bryson. (His excerpt was probably the best, though I was reading the book it came from at the time, anyw [...]


    14. Some of these stories are really quite hilarious; as in, I laughed out loud and got a lot of strange looks while I was reading it. The one that sticks in my mind the most is probably the one about the nudist resort. It would just be such a strange culture shock to anyone that it was quite interesting to read a short story about it. Obviously, this isn't one to bring to your book club or anything like that, but it entertained like mad. Any book that can genuinely make me laugh, and not just a lit [...]


    15. There's No Toilet Paper on the Road Less Taken is a compilation of short stories edited by Doug Lansky. Among the contributors is Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods. These short stories are full of humor and misadventure that come when you leave home. It was a decent read. Some of the stories were so so, while some had me cracking up. It was the perfect book to read in the car on our recent road trip to Canada.Read full review here.


    16. A laugh here and there, the first story was good and the monkey in a movie theater was funnybut this is just a rehash of stories from other books with quotes and comic strips (!) thrown in, many of them pretty dated. Pretty much a attempt to cash in on the funny travel story book trend, I fail to see where less than funny cruise ship accounts and trips to Disney World count as "the Road less traveled". I'd skip this and read "No Touch Monkey!" instead.


    17. I've now tried twice to read and enjoy this book. Both times were failures. I may have smiled once or twice, but this was not the laugh out loud, roaring giggle fest I was promised. One last note, to me, the stories always felt antiquated, like the humor may have been funny 50 years ago but today, not so much. But I'm a snob that way (and dislike old movies for similar reasons), so take or leave this review


    18. 3.5 stars. This book is a collection of articles excerpted from books written by (funny) travel writers. A lot of fun things going on during their travel. And honestly, I start googling those writers and order their books. My only complaint is that the articles/stories are like unfinished or incomplete, but maybe that's because they're only excerpted.


    19. This is a book which I picke dup while traveling a few years ago, thinking that it looked like a light and entertanining read. I was right.This is a very humorous book about travels. Most of the stories in here will have you laughing out loud. If you want a good book about travel, then you should definitely check this out!


    20. All anthologies are hit or muss, but this one is mostly a miss. In an anthology of 28 stories, only three really stood out for me; Dragging the family to the Magic Kingdom, A simian in the cinema and The great invisible pheasant hunt.






    21. Only a few of the essays inside were duds while the others, being short and to the point, had me laughing out loud.


    22. As any fan of travel writing knows, things can go very wrong when you travel. This collection of essays explores just how hilariously wrong they can go.



    23. The ones I enjoyed I would give 5 stars to, but unfortunately those were embedded among some which were not no memorable. Worth the read for the good stuff, though!


    24. Some entertaining stories, some dull. Bill Bryson was the best, of course, but a couple others were pretty good, too.


    25. I swear my star rating has nothing to do with the picture of the sheep on the cover. Not one thing. I swearbut god, aren't motorcycle riding sheep just hilarious!


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