All Abroad: A Memoir of Travel and Obsession
Geoffrey Weill (Author)
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DescriptionYearning for an escape from a claustrophobic childhood, Geoffrey Weill became infatuated with travel. At twenty-three, the budding British connoisseur made his way across the Atlantic on an ocean liner. The year was 1973, and he was bound for New York to pursue a promising role as consultant-in-training at the headquarters of the world's oldest travel agency, Thomas Cook. The idyllic trip was reminiscent of those from the early twentieth century but made distinctly modern by a nightly reminder--at the onboard dance club, one was sure to run into a sequin-clad David Bowie. All Abroad is the memoir of a man hungry for the logistics of travel: getting there, staying there, and feeling at home on any continent. Woven into his entertaining anecdotes is an informative account of a lost era in travel. As a witness to compelling and monumental changes in the industry, Weill offers a unique view into how our vacations have been shaped deeply by human trends, tragedies, and technologies. While some long for the grandeur of tourism from decades ago, Weill insists that travel--the conveyances and hotels that await journey's end--remains as glamorous as ever.
University of Wisconsin Press
February 22, 2021
6.3 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Geoffrey Weill is a widely published travel writer and photographer and has visited more than 100 countries. He is the founder and president of WEILL, an award-winning tourism and travel-related public relations and marketing company, and was honored with the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.