The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

Edited by Tim Cahill“One funny-bone volume.”
Chicago TribuneMany of travel’s best, and funniest, adventure stories come from misadventures—the pratfalls, faux pas, and vast embarrassments that accompany life on the road. The foreign menus, the indigenous wildlife, the cultural miscues, the persistent merchant—all are potential sources for comic mishaps. Who better to collect the best of these tales than travel raconteur and best-selling author Tim Cahill? In Not So Funny When It Happened, Cahill brings together nearly forty side-splitting stories from writers such as Bill Bryson, Dave Barry, Douglas Adams, Anne Lamott, and others to create an entertaining volume sure to amuse all.

Not So Funny When It Happened shares with readers the story of:

  • Bill Bryson’s attempts to decode restaurants’ ever-bewildering food options
  • Dave Barry’s visit to a pub in Ireland where he discovers the worst Elvis impersonator in world history
  • Anne Lamott’s struggle with a pesky case of “Butt-Mind” on the Mexican coast
  • Doug Lansky’s experiences with bad haircuts around the world.

and many more…

As Cahill states in his introduction, “…what is hilarious now, was, for the most part, anguish at the time, which is to say, most of what you read here was not so funny when it happened.” Not So Funny When It Happened shares those moments when the best of plans fall by the wayside, displaced by something unforeseen, and leavened by the saving grace of a sense of humor.

More advance praise for Not So Funny When It Happened

“…a refreshingly funny book.”
Publishers Weekly

“An amusing diversion, good for your next long flight…”
Kirkus Reviews

“These stories are humorous, indeed.”

About the Author

Tim Cahill is the author of nine books, mostly travel related, including Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Pecked to Death by Ducks, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg,Pass the Butterworms, Hold the Enlightenment, and Lost in My Own Backyard. He describes what he does for a living as “remote journeys, oddly rendered.” He is also the co-author of the Academy Award-nominated The Living Sea andDolphins, as well as the highly acclaimed Everest. He lives in Montana.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best travel writing from world-famous authors and emerging writers, with the goal to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The award-winning series includes: country and regional guides; books that explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience.

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Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure
Edited by Tim Cahill
Travelers’ Tales, September 2006
$14.95, trade paperback, 242 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-932361-44-8