French Ghosts, Russian Nights & American Outlaws

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Souvenirs of a Professional Vagabond

Susan Spano

As a travel writer for two of America’s greatest newspapers, Susan Spano roamed across the world for more than twenty years, from KwaZululand to Kentucky and Vietnam to Venice, where she did things from fly-fishing in the sun-struck Yucatan to sleeping on ice in Sweden to backpacking in the Indian Himalayas.

This collection brings together her best-loved pieces. Chapters describe magical trips when all the variables—luck, mood, even weather—conspired to make a place unforgettable, or when she sought the kind of enlightenment only travel can provide by following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Federico Fellini, Mary Queen of Scots, and Chairman Mao.

susan_spano-author photoOther stories are about travel itself: how it became her passion and calling; how it fed her incurably restless spirit; how it inspired her philosophy of travel and life: To go forth and find meaning. Take a condemned cable car over the Yangtze River or a shared taxi over the Andes with a leaking gas tank and chain-smoking driver; eat oysters and drink martinis wherever you can; and, as often as possible, come home with a tan.

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Starting as the original intrepid “Frugal Traveler” for the New York Times and then becoming a popular columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Susan Spano has entertained millions of readers with tales of her escapades and advice for solo women travelers. She currently lives in Monterey, California.

ISBN 978-1-938901-24-9 • $15.95 print • $10.95 ebook

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