In Conversation with Jamal Simmons
An indispensable companion for rookie and veteran travelers alike that promises to revolutionize both how and why we vacation.
By captivating millions during his six-year, fifty-country tenure as the New York Times’s “Frugal Traveler,” Seth Kugel has become one of our most internationally beloved travel writers. While his famously unassuming journeys around the globe have forged a signature philosophy of whimsy and practicality, they have also revealed the seemingly infinite booby traps of on-the-grid tourism. In a book with widespread cultural reverberations, Kugel takes the modern travel industry to task, determined to reignite humanity’s age-old sense of adventure that has virtually been vanquished by the spontaneity-obliterating likes of Google Maps, TripAdvisor, and Starwood points. Woven throughout with vivid tales of his perfectly imperfect adventures, Rediscovering Travel explains—often hilariously—how to make the most of new digital technologies without being shackled to them. For the tight-belted tourist and the first-class flyer, the eager student and the comfort-seeking retiree, Kugel shows how we too can rediscover the joy of discovery.
Seth Kugel, the New York Times's "Frugal Traveler" from 2010 to 2016, has appeared on CBS This Morning, NPR, and BBC Travel. He hosts the hit YouTube channel "Amigo Gringo," which has been profiled in The New Yorker, and lives in New York.
Jamal Simmons is a host on Hill TV. A former adviser to two Democratic White Houses and a frequent political analyst on MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NPR, he has also provided communications and strategic counsel to numerous corporate and non-profit clients. A graduate of Morehouse College, where he received the Presidential Award of Distinction in 2009, Jamal has a master in public policy degree from Harvard University.
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