Edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly
Introduction by Simon Winchester

Including stories by Jeff Greenwald, Alison Wright, Rolf Potts, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Richard Goodman and many more

“Here in these pages is wonder and delight writ large—and a series of affirmations of a magnificent world… This book is a vivid and delightful testament to just why the world is in essence a wonderfully pleasing place, how its people are an inseparable part of its countless pleasures, and how travel is not so much hard work as wondrous fun…”
—From the Introduction, by Simon Winchester

The first in an annual series dedicated to the best travel writing of the previous year, The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004 highlights profound, transformative, and often humorous travel stories by both well-known and emerging writers. This collection of 28 true stories covers the globe, from Ecuador to Burma, Alaska to Zaire/Congo. Join these talented writers as they discover the rebirth of classic rock in the Czech Republic, battle snakes in Costa Rica, survive a horrific bus crash in Laos, and open their hearts to an ear-cleaner in India.

The publication of The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004 coincides with the 10th Anniversary of excellence in travel publishing for Travelers. Tales. The latest addition to the award- winning Travelers’ Tales series, The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004 is sure to take a place on the shelf, in the backpack, or on the bedside table of every thoughtful traveler.

In The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004 readers will:

  • Journey to Kailash, Tibet’s holy mountain, with Jeff Greenwald
  • Contemplate kissing in Buenos Aires with Larry R. Moffitt
  • Explore the remote Yukon River with Laurie Gough in Canada
  • Take a quintessential Chinese bike ride with Stephanie Elizondo Griest in Beijing
  • Walk the Kerry Way in Ireland and be healed with Tim O’Reilly
  • Savor real home cooking with an adopted family and Augusto Andres in Mexico
  • Experience the enchantments of Italy and its people with Gayle Keck
  • Wander Hemingway.s moody Paris in the rain with Richard Goodman
  • & much more.

About the editors

James O’Reilly, president and publisher of Travelers’ Tales, wrote mystery serials before becoming a travel writer in the early 1980s. He has visited more than forty countries and worked on all of the Travelers’ Tales books, winning many awards for excellence. James lives with his family in Palo Alto, CA.

Larry Habegger is the executive editor of Travelers’ Tales. As a series editor he has worked on virtually all of the Travelers’ Tales titles, winning many awards for excellence. He is co-author, with James O’Reilly, of “World Travel Watch,” a syndicated column that since 1985 has appeared in major newspapers in five countries. Larry lives in San Francisco, CA, with his family.

Sean O’Reilly, editor-at-large and director of special sales for Travelers’ Tales, is an editor of award-winning travel books, including The Road Within, The Ultimate Journey, Pilgrimage, and The Spiritual Gifts of Travel. He is also the author of the book How to Manage Your Dick: Redirect Sexual Energy and Discover Your More Enlightened, Evolved Self. He lives with his family in Arizona.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales is celebrating its many years of excellence in travel publishing with the publication of The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004. By publishing the best travel writing from world-famous authors and new and emerging writers, the editors’ goal is 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 which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series of single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience.

Travelers’ Tales…the Power of a Good Story.

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The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004
Edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly
Travelers’ Tales, March 2004
$16.95 Trade Paperback, 302 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-932361-02-2