Kirkus Reviews

The book reflects the author’s love of globe-trotting adventure and describes how she built her whole life around it by getting a job in which she effectively got paid to travel. Her recollections take readers to many places around the world, from Southeast Asia to the Galápagos Islands to the American West, as she trekked for business and pleasure. These … Read More

Tim Bascom, author of Chameleon Days and Running to the Fire

Karen Gershowitz is to be applauded for her sheer verve, which is on delightful display in this rollicking travelogue: Travel Mania.  From the beginning one senses that Gershowitz is experiencing a kind of undeniable, enthralling need—the near-manic need to go somewhere else then somewhere else again.  We—as safer, armchair travelers—get the unexpected benefits of that addiction, learning so much more than … Read More

Marc Nieson, author of Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape

Buckle up! Travel Mania is pure adventure and passion, circling and crisscrossing our exotic globe, ever eager for the next horizon. From those pre safety-belt days in the back seat of a DeSoto to the uncertain risks of traveling during our present-day pandemic, each leg of Karen Gershowitz’ lifelong voyage is fueled with insights and intimacy, humor and poignancy. This is no mere itinerary or travelogue, but an … Read More

Sue Shapiro, former President of NY Skal, former President and CEO of GIANTS consortium

As a travel industry professional, I’ve watched the world shrink as access has grown. Karen Gershowitz’ lovely travel memoir is a look back at a time when faraway places really were far away, distant cultures were very different, single women travelling alone were an unusual sight, and travelers with open hearts had extraordinary experiences.  Travel Mania made me appreciate current travel opportunities even more.

Amanda Burgess, Editor, JourneyWoman Magazine

A witty, insightful romp through a lifetime of travel that reads like a sit down with a friend. You’ll want to curl up in a comfortable spot and greedily gulp down Travel Mania in a single sitting — then read it again and feel like you are catching up with a dear old friend. If you like your wisdom laced … Read More

Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins and This Book Is Overdue!

Alone or in the company of others, Karen Gershowitz navigates the world with an open heart and a sense of adventure. This collection covers impressive ground, and whether she’s rocking out with Moroccans to the Blind Boys of Alabama, struggling up the slopes of Kilimanjaro, or doing business in Asia, her sharp eye brings the wonders of the world in … Read More

Lon Otto, author of A Nest of Hooks, Cover Me, and A Man in Trouble

Karen Gershowitz suffers from the only traveler’s disease it’s fun to have—and be around: the compulsion toward travel itself. The author of this wonderful book brings us with her on a staggering variety of journeys, trekking through jungles and deserts, climbing Kilimanjaro, exploring great cities and obscure villages across the world. The book is full of terrific stories, revealing with … Read More

Carolyn Lieberg, author of West with Hopeless and Calling the Midwest Home

This book is terrific. No “guided” tour here. Readers are invited to travel along and join in exotic adventures—a solo trip to Sulawesi based on an article in National Geographic? “Absolutely.” Climb Kilimanjaro? “Sure.” Ride an elephant? “Hmm, after some hypnosis therapy.” The only fitting description is: page-turner.  Karen gives us wondrous—whether white-knuckled or resplendent—nuggets. Her own growth as a global citizen winds through … Read More

Christine Lehner, author of What to Wear to See the Pope and Absent a Miracle

Fasten your seatbelts, readers, and prepare to be swept around the world, in the capable and enthusiastic company of KG. As if she didn’t travel enough for work, Karen’s wanderlust kept her itchy feet moving. Go along with her, and you will climb Mt Kilimanjaro, “poli-poli”, eat the famous-for-its-revolting-smell durian in Malaysia, trek through a scirocco in the Sahara, eat delicious … Read More