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Adventures of a Continental Drifter

An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food

Elliott Hester

St. Martin's Press

In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to over fifty destinations. Elliott’s tales about his travels range from the bizarre to the hilarious to the flat-out shocking. Travel with him as he:

· Chases off transvestites in the South Pacific
· Gets drunk on Estonian moonshine at the maker’s eightieth birthday party
· Impersonates Samuel L. Jackson at the 38th International Film Festival in the Czech Republic
· Ponders the Finnish tradition of sprinting from steamy sauna to plunge into the frigid Baltic Sea—naked!
· And much more.

Only an around-the-world excursion could produce such outlandish, hair-raising, hysterical adventures. And only Elliott Hester could make such vivid observations and write such vibrant insights about life---and people---on the road.

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Praise for Adventures of a Continental Drifter

“Elliot Hester tells funny and sometimes harrowing stories.  Wrapped up in the core of each tale is some bit of illumination: about other countries and other people, about travelers and dreams.  The man has no permanent home and travels incessantly, a world citizen adrift in a cross-cultural maze, frequently bewildered but curiously at ‘home’ in the oddest places. He’s one of my travel heroes.”

---Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh

 

Continental Drifter is travel beyond the brochure---a real look at the places we go but stripped of the hype and pretty pictures. What remains, under Elliott Hester’s careful telling, are stories that are far more compelling than the sanitized-for-our-protection versions of reality that often pass for travel writing. This is the real deal, refreshing but no less enticing.” 

---Catharine Hamm, travel editor, Los Angeles Times

 

“The unexpurgated version of Elliott Hester’s around-the-world journey, with all the good parts we couldn’t print in the newspaper.”

---Randy Curwen, travel editor, Chicago Tribune

 

“When it comes to travel, and for that matter, life itself, one of the worst five letter words is…plans. Elliott Hester is the personification of travel without plans … wild adventures, great stories, and some important lessons for even the most sophisticated travelers.”

---Peter Greenberg, travel editor, NBC’s Today Show

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Elliott Hester

  • Bestselling author Elliott Hester is an award-winning travel writer. He writes “Continental Drifter,” a syndicated travel column carried nationwide, and has no fixed address.
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Adventures of a Continental Drifter

An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food

Elliott Hester

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