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  • Monte Carlo for Vagabonds

  • Fantastically Frugal Travel Stories - the Unsung Pleasures of Beating the System from Albania to Osaka
  • By: R. A. Dalkey
  • Narrated by: R. A. Dalkey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Travel & Tourism, Adventure Travel
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Summary

When R.A. Dalkey travels cheap, he thinks bigger than hostel dorms, overnight trains and pasta with tomato sauce for every meal. He’ll roll out his sleeping bag in Madrid’s red light district, nap on the streets of Monaco and furtively string up his hammock on Swiss farms. He’ll spontaneously teach English in Laos in exchange for rice. He’ll thumb rides anywhere from Timor to the Orange Free State. He’ll try smiling a lot, and see where it takes him. Most of the time it's somewhere good. 

As this collection of stories will reveal, it doesn’t always go smoothly. Indonesian bush-fires chase him from his campsite. His shoes freeze solid in Siberia. He gets head-butted by an Albanian villager. He’s shaken by earthquakes and terrified by witching-hour excavations in Andorran valleys. And, incompetent as ever with ropes, his hammock has a habit of falling down in the middle of the night - with him in it.

Yet he wouldn’t have it any other way: travelling Dalkey-style delivers the richest of experiences. And as he shares the adventures few of us would brave, you’ll pick up gems about this crazy planet. Do you know which head of state was an Olympic bobsleigh competitor? Or how long your unattended bag will go untouched in Japan? Who’s eating all the ice cream in Pyongyang? And how do cats jump in Swedish? 

Like that uncle with the rose-tinted specs and a grumpy anarchist student rolled into one, Dalkey turns his nose up at travel insurance and shows that there’s more than one way to see a world that always steers us to play it safe....

©2020 Richard Asher (P)2020 Richard Asher

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