Someone just sent me something about this book by Thalia Zepatos. It has been reprinted 3 times, and is often referred to – here is a review from Paperback Swap
Originally published in 1992, with a second edition in 1996, A Journey of One_s Own has sold over 68,000 copies. Praised by travel experts across the spectrum, from Glamour to The Women_s Review of Books, from The Whole Earth Catalog to American Express, U.S. News and World Report, and Parade, and written about in over forty major dailies, A Journey of One_s Own has become an established title in the travel book category.
Although geared to women and including much information specific to women (how to deal with sexual harassment, for example) A Journey of One_s Own has also found an audience with men who value the extensive information and excellent advice that is not gender-specific.
The third edition sports a livelier and more compact text design, a smaller format, and shorter page count. The author has thoroughly updated the material and added new sections on health, safety, and traveling during times of international upheaval.
Yet, the basic structure has been maintained: excerpts from many women_s travel stories are interlaced with -detailed advice on practical matters (how to stay healthy, be safe, avoid theft, etc.). And the author_s own stories, which reflect on political and cultural explorations from her extensive travels, are engaging and thoughtful, and add depth to discussion of issues such as getting acquainted with new cultures, accepting hospitality, bargaining, and communicating without language.
“Thalia Zepatos is . . . teacher, spokeswoman, and heroine of sorts to a generation of travelers, both women and men, who understand travel as more than the periodic recreational migration that our commercial culture promotes.”_Seattle Times
“Superlatives generally make us suspicious, but we must say: This is THE best women_s travel resource we_ve seen, ever. . . . It_s authoritative; it_s supportive; it_s amusing; it really does have it all.”_New York Daily News
Thalia Zepatos is the author of Adventures in Good Company and Women for a Change: A Grassroots Guide to Activism and Politics.
As the owner of a women’s travel website, I see ‘women only’ books and materials all the time. This one crossed my desk and I have to admit it is absolutely one of the very best books I have read in its genre – and yes, while it’s for women, its advice is invaluable for any traveler. I thoroughly recommend it. It’s useful, and it’s a fun read as well!