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The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel

A Humorous Take on Travel Mishaps

by Doug Lansky
(Penguin Group, 2010)

The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel by Doug Lansky

In Doug Lansky’s book The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel, the author takes a hilarious and critical look at the travel industry by celebrating its professional pitfalls and stunning underachievements. Lansky has assembled a collection of ghastly experiences from both experts and regular travelers . Winners were selected in each category by a survey of selected readers, editor’s choice or official studies by travel professionals.

The book is divided into five parts including sections like “Air Travel” where one can read about the worst airline meal served on an Estonian Air flight and “Surface Transport,” educating us on the reader-voted country with the worst drivers (beware when driving in beautiful Italy!). Additional sections such as “Hospitality” tell us some of the least appealing hotel names in the world (like the questionable Resist Bacteria Hotel in Kashgar, China); “Food and Drink” informs us that readers voted France the country with the rudest waiters; and in “Destinations and Tourism,” helpful tips are given to travelers to avoid the “most crowded beach” or the “least gay friendly” international city.

Lansky’s entertaining collection of comedic and horrific travel stories is, as suggested by the author, meant to be enjoyed in small doses—and enjoy you certainly will! Laugh, gasp and vehemently shake your head at these humorous and shocking travel stories—some serving as cautionary tales as to what to be wary of or avoid in other countries, whereas others merely make you wonder (like why anyone thought a dog shaped hotel would be a good idea). The rest leave you to either simply scratch your head in confusion or chuckle aloud! Pick up a copy of The Titanic Awards for a witty, enjoyable book sure to make you feel better about your own miserable travel ordeals or simply serve as a useful travel guide when venturing to faraway places!

Cost: $10. To order, visit www.amazon.com.


Reviewed by Cassandra Perez


(Updated: 05/17/11 NW)

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