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French Ghosts, Russian Nights, and American Outlaws: Souvenirs of a Professional Vagabond

  • “An inspiring, vibrant look at the myriad ways travel can impact and enrich our lives. . . . recommended for those with the travel bug, even if it’s the armchair variety.”–Library Journal
  • “A diverse and entertaining adventure! In short bursts of sparkling, honest, and emotional prose, Susan took me fly-fishing in Mexico, to the Icehotel in Arctic Sweden, to Fellini’s Rome. I got a peek into Julia Childs’ world in Paris and Butch Cassidy’s in Utah. I took language classes in China and ate in a French/Vietnamese restaurant in Hanoi. We went on foot, on buses, in taxis, on boats, on subways….to shacks and castles, temples and cemeteries. There are a lot of valuable examples here on how to travel alone while constantly connecting with others.”—Rita Golden Gelman, author, Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World
  • “Urged on by a lively curiosity and a large dose of courage, Susan Spano introduces us to unusual destinations, often tempting and invariably interesting.”–Mary Taylor Simeti, author, On Persephone’s Island
  • “Susan manages that most important travel writing feat: making you want to pack your bag, grab your passport, and go! I’m ready to jump on my bicycle and hit the backroads of County Clare or tie up my walking shoes and set foot on that coastal trail in France’s Brittany. In the right car, I’d be happy to wind down Mulholland Highway as well … although I’m not so sure about chasing speeding tickets with a Hummer in Arizona.”–Tony Wheeler, founder of the Lonely Planet series

Et cetera

  • Susan wrote an article for the AARP magazine, giving tips and tricks for traveling solo. Read her suggestions here!
  • Susan’s article on the best small towns to visit is in the April issue of Smithsonian magazine.