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Travel Mania - Stories of Wanderlust


Since leaving home for Europe alone at age seventeen, Karen Gershowitz has traveled to more than ninety countries.

In pursuit of her passion for travel, she lost and gained friends and lovers and made a radical career change. She learned courage and risk taking and succeeded at things she didn’t think she could do: She climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. She visited remote areas of Indonesia on her own and became a translator, though only fluent in English. She conquered her fear of falling while on an elephant trek in Thailand. And she made friends across the globe, including a Japanese family who taught her to make sushi and a West Berliner who gave her an insider’s look at the city shortly after the wall came down.

An example that will inspire armchair travelers to become explorers and embolden everyone to be more courageous, Travel Mania is a vivid story of how one woman found her strength, power, and passion.

Travel is Karen’s addiction—and she doesn’t want treatment.

 

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Chapters

Chapter 1

The Inauspicious Beginnings: 1950s

The Inauspicious Beginnings: 1950s

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Chapter 2

Fueling the Passion: 1960s

Fueling the Passion: 1960s

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Chapter 3

Leaving Home: 1970

Leaving Home: 1970

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Chapter 4

Three Leaving London: 1971

Three Leaving London: 1971

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Chapter 5

Capturing Japan: 1974

Capturing Japan: 1974

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Chapter 6

Will Work for Travel

Will Work for Travel

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Chapter 7

Finding True Love: 1978

Finding True Love: 1978

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Chapter 8

On Ice: Alaska 1981

On Ice: Alaska 1981

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Chapter 9

Her Final Gift: Puerto Rico 1982

Her Final Gift: Puerto Rico 1982

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Chapter 10

Climbing: Tanzania 1983

Climbing: Tanzania 1983

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Chapter 11

The Elephant Trek: Thailand 1985

The Elephant Trek: Thailand 1985

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Chapter 12

Marooned: Galapagos Islands Ecuador 1986

Marooned: Galapagos Islands Ecuador 1986

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Chapter 13

Durian: Malaysia 1987

Durian: Malaysia 1987

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Chapter 14

Bartering—Tales from Tanzania, Turkey and Morocco

Bartering—Tales from Tanzania, Turkey and Morocco

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Chapter 15

Winging It: Venezuela: 1989

Winging It: Venezuela: 1989

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Chapter 16

Immersion: Indonesia 1992

Immersion: Indonesia 1992

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Chapter 17

Expat Woes: 1992

Expat Woes: 1992

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Chapter 18

Connections: Circumnavigating the Globe 1996

 Connections: Circumnavigating the Globe 1996

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Chapter 19

Brigadoon Revisited: Crete 1996–2000

Brigadoon Revisited: Crete 1996–2000

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Chapter 20

The Translator: Singapore 1997

The Translator: Singapore 1997

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Chapter 21

Chaos in Cairo: Egypt 1997

Chaos in Cairo: Egypt 1997

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Chapter 22

Traditions: South of France 1998

Traditions: South of France 1998

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Chapter 23

Traveling in Fear: Brazil 1998

Traveling in Fear: Brazil 1998

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Chapter 24

Music under the Stars: Morocco 1999

Music under the Stars: Morocco 1999

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Chapter 25

The Camel Trek: Morocco 1999

The Camel Trek: Morocco 1999

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Chapter 26

Devil’s Tower: Wyoming 2001

Devil’s Tower: Wyoming 2001

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Chapter 27

Home Grown Art: Mississippi 2001

Home Grown Art: Mississippi 2001

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Chapter 28

The Wild West: 2001

The Wild West: 2001

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Chapter 29
NotZozobra: New Mexico 2001

NotZozobra: New Mexico 2001

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Chapter 30
In Front of the Salad Bar: Tennessee 2001

In Front of the Salad Bar: Tennessee 2001

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Chapter 31
Russian Tales: 2003

Russian Tales: 2003

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Chapter 32
Arrivals: Vietnam 2004

Arrivals: Vietnam 2004

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Chapter 33
The Boat Ride: Cambodia 2004

The Boat Ride: Cambodia 2004

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Chapter 34
At the Roof of the World: Tibet 2007

At the Roof of the World: Tibet 2007

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Chapter 35
India at Last: 2011

India at Last: 2011

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Chapter 36
Berlin Revisited: Germany 2011

Berlin Revisited: Germany 2011

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Chapter 37
In Transition: Burma 2012

In Transition: Burma 2012

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Chapter 38
Yes, We Have No Bananas: Cuba 2014

Yes, We Have No Bananas: Cuba 2014

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Chapter 39
I’ve Seen the Future: Dubai and Abu Dhabi 2017

I’ve Seen the Future: Dubai and Abu Dhabi 2017

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Chapter 40
Heat: Paris 2018

Heat: Paris 2018

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Chapter 41
Travel in the Time of Covid: London 2020

Travel in the Time of Covid: London 2020

 

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