Travel never goes quite like we expect. Planes are late, maps are misread and unexpected detours are made. When this happens, the twisting roads of travel can lead to adventures we never imagined – and lessons we never expected to learn. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we cross paths with people who show us life from a different angle or provide kindness when it’s needed most. Those we meet while traveling can change our journey, our experiences or even our lives. Come along with some of the world’s top travel writers as they share their stories from around the globe.
• Meet three Americans who help a Belgian woman find her voice
• Bust a move with harmonica-playing pygmies in Uganda
• See how a former enemy can become your friend
• Watch a Kenyan girl face a heartbreaking custom with bravery
• Learn from a wise young monk as he hikes in Bhutan
• Marvel at the kindness of strangers on a pilgrimage in Japan
• Take an unforgettable elevator ride with a courageous woman in Paris
• Gain new understanding during an unspoken conversation in Cambodia
• Experience Nepal through the eyes of a child
• Take a wild ride in Turkey depending only on the kindness of strangers
And many more…
Chance Encounters includes stories from 20 top travel writers from around the globe (see below). The book was compiled and edited by Janna Graber, an award-winning American travel journalist and TV producer. She has covered destinations around the globe for more than 40 newspapers, magazines and websites, and was the on-camera host of Great Escapes. While studying abroad in Austria during college, Janna became enamored with exploring other countries and cultures — and hasn’t looked back since. She has snorkeled with belugas in the Arctic, trekked through the rugged lands of the Outback and explored remote jungles in Myanmar, but what she treasures most is the opportunity to meet so many fascinating people around the world. Janna is currently a managing editor at Go World Travel Magazine.
• John A Kumiski
• Sofie Couwenbergh
• Rebeca Dunn-Krahn
Like everyone, I’d like to travel the world and experience different cultures, places, and people. But also like everyone, financial and time constraints place realities on that dream. With this travel series, you are transported to so many different places and right in the middle of such interesting, compelling and unique situations. It’s wonderful to experience the world in your imagination through true tales that give you special insight to global cultures. Makes me wonder what I might experience on my next trip. These stories are well-written, unexpected, inspiring and definitely worth reading. It’s nice to read personal stories behind different countries, rather than just the news headlines. Looking forward to reading further editions!
“Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World is a collection of stories edited by Janna Graber, and it is my favorite book of the moment. This collection of stories is about how chance encounters can add depth to a journey. How the people you meet can change you. It makes me anxious to see what my next adventure has in store.” — Jenilee Rose, KickAss Book Reviews. Read More
The most important sacred spaces are not in the guidebooks. They are the sacred spaces created when human beings reach out to other human beings and pull them into their lives, even for just a short time.”
Simply stated, if this quote resonates with you and how you view travel, then you will enjoy this book. “Chance Encounters”, the first book in the World Traveler Tales series, focuses on the people who meet and move us in our travels. Rebecca Stallard, Amateur Traveler READ THE REVIEW
Midwest Book Review: February 2015
Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World is about mishaps, extraordinary encounters, and journeys that are a cut above the ordinary and long recalled, and is edited by an award-winning travel journalist who here picks the best for inclusion in a fun collection of change encounters. From bravery to strength, unforgettable encounters with strangers to musical connections, these stories are culled from over 40 newspapers, magazines, and websites and comes from some 20 top international travel writers who here present their best in a highly recommended collection of armchair readers perfect for any would-be traveler.
“In 23 short travel stories from award-winning travel journalists, editor and author Janna Graber has gathered the perfect combination of adventure, emotion and wanderlust, and wrapped it up in a tidy book. All true, the fascinating tales in this book, which you might want to take in your carry-on during your next big travel adventure.” Read the full review
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