Jackie Chase

Jackie Chase

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Jackie Chase realized in her high school years that she wanted more than just college, a career, and family. While working for an airline she tasted the world and found the nourishment she hungered for. But things change.

Marriage, four children, and dozens of pets all have their demands on one’s life. She introduced her family to other cultures with backpacking/hitchhiking trips to Mexico and Guatemala. Jackie’s daughter Katherine showed a preference for more remote travel compared to sailing trips. And that is when the “real” travel began. After returning from a month with teen Katherine living in huts with Stone Age people, Jackie discovered she loved adventure and photo/journalism. A new career developed. She wrote the featured articles for Transitions Abroad several times as well as for Marco Polo. More changes.

With her marriage over and children grown, she began a search for harmony within herself by traveling the most remote corners of the world. Without any foreign language skills, she figured out how to face the challenges of finding guides and transportation to unknown villages. She began to weave her fascination with other cultures into journals and later books.

Jackie now shares her 110 country travel experiences in five books which have earned over two dozen awards. Her unique “voice,” takes you into the scenes accompanied by story-telling photos of life in cultures we seldom observe


World Cultures India

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Specially printed in color, and accessible with stunning back-lit color images, this “single” recounts the adventures of Jackie Chase in India.

This story begins, “Travel virgins, inquisitives, or globetrotters succumb to the magnetism India exhales. Discover the authentic India through your mind's eye. The maze of sensory overload when you arrive weighs heavy on the heart. Outside layers of sights and sounds flirt with the senses, hoping to satisfy your expectations. Take giant steps to find the essence of India, buried in the richness of India's soul: the people. No other country in the world offers such a delectable palette: a melting pot of religions, cultures, and languages brought together by traders, pioneers, and soldiers for the last five thousand years. Escape a life sentence of boredom; join me in the labyrinth of alleyways painted with the sparkles, reflecting from mirrored baubles of Gujarati and Rajasthani women and Tibetans, standing guard in street-stall doorways. Landscapes, dotted with the powerful depth of vision transmitted in variations of extravagant architecture accent the scent of incense, spices, and poverty, as well as the sounds of claustrophobically dense cities. Colors more brilliant than any rainbow and tastes and textures of exotic foods combine to embroider the lush texture of India.”

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World Cultures Kenya

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Specially printed in color, and accessible with stunning back-lit color images, this “single” recounts the author’s adventures in Kenya.

This story begins, “The agency charged extra for an armed driver for the trip north from Nairobi toward Ethiopia and Somalia. Newspaper headlines reading, ‘Americans Robbed Again,’ warned of the lack of security along the dusty northern roads. One rumor passed along from hotel to hotel hinted that robbers killed a white woman for her money and passport.

Although I paid for an armed guard, the driver said he had no guns. The driver assured me of a safe trip and lacked any concern for robbers or hijackers. The grungy left-over-from-some-war vehicle had lost its doors and seat covers, so comfort and cleanliness were not on my travel menu. Miles and miles of hard-packed sand filled the horizon without a sign of a village or even tire tracks. Shapes of camels followed by strange-looking donkeys caught my eye…”

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World Cultures Ethiopia

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Specially printed in color, and accessible with stunning back-lit color images, this “single” recounts the adventures of Jackie Chase in Ethiopia.

This story begins with a quote, “"Not I nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself." Walt Whitman. [Luckily, you have the author’s gift of images and colorful language to save the expense and reduce the fear associated with primitive cultures.]

“Paint a picture of a dry desert with starving people, and Ethiopia comes to mind. Ethiopia, one of the most compelling countries in Africa, opens pathways that allow us to step back in time. The word “history” found its initial breath millions of years ago with the first human remains unearthed near the capital, Addis Abba. Away from the scramble of city life, ripples of vivid lime to dark pine feed the eye…Looking for an anthropological expedition? Make contact with primitive tribes in the southwest, the richest concentration of aboriginal tribes in the entirety of Africa. These primitive tribes share ethics, values, and goals of non-materialistic traditions…Compensated with the symbolic and ornamental wealth on their embellished bodies, people live satisfied and balanced lives…The Mursi, Hammer, Karo, Konso, Galeb, and Borana tribes all co­exist in a cracked and craggy environment, forgotten by the rest of the world. Here, the visitor can see the Africa of yesterday. In their hidden cloisters, these tribesmen’s symbolic customs flourish through body adornment. The power of nature dominates while strong ties link them to the Omo River as their main life source.”

[The story of the author’s encounters will find you turning pages in disbelief as this Midwest mother of four tackles the impossible.]

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