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Travel to Exotic Cultures

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Travel writing can offer scenes of great buildings and landscapes or can introduce the reader to new friends from fascinating cultures. This anthology of stories about villagers living in 12 exotic cultures allows everyone to experience the wonders of our fascinating world both visually, through 321 images, and in a colorful narrative.

By sharing the trailblazing adventures of Jackie Chase, a Midwest housewife and mother of four, you can experience:

  • The warmth of unexpected friendships and smiles half a world away from home
  • Photo opportunities that capture extraordinary lifestyles or giggling children
  • Rituals of life's passages like marriage, puberty, elaborate funeral processions, or holidays
  • Memories of Moroccan bisteeya, a three-layer sweet pie in thin pastry, eaten with fingers
  • Close observation of the daily lives of people in unfamiliar settings
  • New perspectives on the practices of family customs in foreign lands

The journey with Jackie takes puts you behind her camera and lets you share her journal, away from the mundane habits and predictable schedules of everyday life. Like good fiction, there is adventure and surprise, but here, it's all true.

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All Hands Working Together

Cruise for a Week: Meet 79 Cultures

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On the surface, this is about the world’s largest cruise ship. But in fact, it is a blueprint for managers to encourage teamwork to serve customers whether the organization is a business, charity, or government. The fact that the crewmembers are from 79 countries makes the story an especially interesting and exceptional one. For readers who want to be treated like royalty, they can learn about life in the never-ending voyage of cruising. All Hands Working Together peeks below the waterline and behind water-tight doors to discover the secrets of how a crew from those 79 nations blended into a guest-pleasing team.

Cruise travel conjures up words like passion, yearning, and intense satisfaction. The laid-back attitudes, awesome entertainment, and superb food flavors awaken a wonderful place inside. But let's not rob ourselves of the most precious gift of all: the legends, history, music, food, and superstitions, of foreign traditions. Whether you are a cyber-traveler or one with cruise tickets in hand, you will want to climb aboard for a fun tour of this massive floating resort. Anchor yourself on a comfy cushion and experience a vacation that gets under your skin as its ideas change your life.

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How to Become an Escape Artist

A Travelers' Handbook

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“How to Become an Escape Artist” A Travelers’ Handbook is the tool that could save any traveler from disappointing mistakes, lost opportunities, and financial loss. If you’ve ever dreamed of traipsing through wet jungles, anchoring your boat off hidden islands, or tossing coins into a magic fountain, get this book. A “road map” for travel, it contains tips and strategies based on practical travel experience in over a hundred countries. You will learn about:

  • Strange or familiar cultures, gestures, food, and customs
  • The how-to details on travel research as one of 192 sections packed with hints
  • Ideas for applying the lessons from inspiring stories and cautionary tales
  • Valuable pointers to prevent/cure health issues
  • Dealing with loneliness, compromising with co-travelers, and other personal issues
  • Ways to prepare as a senior, parent, single woman, or a cautious newbie
  • Opening your life to the rich variety of options for the traveler

You can take a journey vicariously or, armed with the author’s invaluable advice, visit exotic cultures yourself. Jackie Chase has more than four decades of travel experience in and out of over one hundred countries. She has lived temporarily in remote villages with tribal people and offers several fascinating books in this photo-journalism series. Links to hard-to-find websites help subgroups of travelers looking to share cruise cabins or swap homes or find guides or uncover other rare resources. Handy lists of all kinds, advice to request multiple entry visas, and the joys of communication without words make this a true handbook for everyone.

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Walking to Woot

A Photographic Narrative Discovering New Dimensions for Parent-Teen Bonding

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Absorb a rare experience. Follow in the footsteps of Jackie and her teenage daughter, Katherine, as they offer a compulsively readable story of their conspiracy of curiosity and courage to explore the jungles of New Guinea. The story pierces time and place to treat the reader with an intimate peek inside a Stone-Age culture. Living in one of the most extraordinary and dangerous places on earth for four weeks, they realize the destination is not important. The richest treasure veins of life's experiences can be mined away from home.

Travel is the book's vehicle for the learning/growing process. It is the process of change, the awakening of a new dimension within them. Dramatic gains in self-confidence and self-sufficiency developed as these females responded creatively to challenges, overcame fear, raised tolerances for pain and discomfort, and found the courage within their inner resources. The trekkers invite the reader to reconnect ourselves to our inner hearts. The book offers inspiration to parents and teens who, in trying to be so many things to so many people, lose themselves. In each other, we see a reflection of our sixth sense, the passion for searching.

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Featuring Jackie Chase

Traveler · Photojournalist · Author

Jackie Chase travels the world meeting people from exotic cultures reaching for new challenges along the way. Jackie is more of a writer who travels versus a travel writer, sharing secrets from unique people whose lives help us all in the way we look at the world.