The Gift of Travel: Inspiring Stories from Around the World

Larry Habegger (Editor) James O'Reilly (Editor)
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People travel for countless reasons, but no matter the route, duration, or destination, our journeys often share a common result: they transform us. The traveler is a pilgrim, wittingly or unwittingly, and never comes home the same. Travel can be the bearer of extraordinary gifts which break through the crust of old experience and reawaken us to the joys, mysteries, and miracles of everyday life. Whether it be a new understanding of a foreign culture or an epiphany that opens new inner worlds, travel is a catalyst for living a richer life. We've selected some favorite stories from the books in our award-winning series, stories of transformation and insight about simple but profound gifts travelers have received from people, places, and experiences around the world--from an unforgettable language teacher in Bangkok to the tambourine men of Recife, from a tomato festival in Spain to a mutton feast in Tibet, from a Barcelona train station to a Baja desert. The Gift of Travel will light a match in the firebox of your wanderlust, with stories of world travel.

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$14.95  $13.75
Travelers' Tales Guides
Publish Date
October 21, 2004
5.22 X 0.61 X 8.12 inches | 0.67 pounds
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About the Author

Larry Habegger is a writer and editor who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than three decades, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. His newspaper column "World Travel Watch" was syndicated for 31 years and during that time ran in major papers in five countries. In 1993 he cofounded the award-winning Travelers' Tales Books with James and Tim O'Reilly, where he serves as executive editor and helps oversee the company's publishing program and has worked on all of its 130-plus books. Larry teaches the craft of memoir and the personal essay and runs several writers groups. He is also a founder of The Prose Doctors, an editors consortium; editor of the annual magazine The Travel Guide to California; and editor in chief of, a destination discovery site.


"O'Reilly and Habegger have assembled a marvelous and quite diverse selection of stories."