Around the World in 80 Tales by Dave Tomlinson

Come with me on a journey of captivating true travel stories from around the world. This fascinating kaleidoscope of people, places, history, food and culture will inspire, amuse and even amaze. Experience the challenges, rewards and fun of budget travel without leaving home!

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dave Tomlinson has spent many years travelling around the world, seeing many of its natural, historic and architectural wonders. Many of these sites are things the wider majority of us could only dream of seeing, assuming we have even heard of them. Each of these bite size stories are an insight into the world we live in, mixed together with anecdotes from the man from whose perspective we are seeing them.
80-tales-cover The stories take in some of the most well known sites in the world such as The World’s Deadliest Road in South America, the stunning coastal roads of California, the Ganges and a personal bucket list destination for me, the immense complex of temples at Angkor Wat. Tomlinson also relates tales of visits to a range of destinations less well known. This, however, led to one niggle for me. Occasionally, it felt like knowledge, if not acquaintance, with numerous less known, obscure destinations was implied. This approach worked well enough for the most famous of sites, but I found it a bit jarring for the more obscure.

This niggle kind of coupled up with another small niggle for me – the stories, though intentionally short, occasionally suffered from their brevity. Again, this wasn’t quite such a problem with famous places, but not ideal for those less well known.

All things considered, however, Around the World in 80 Tales is an interesting, sometimes humorous collection of tales into the journeys Tomlinson has undertaken around the world. Each one represented a snapshot into some of the amazing things our world has to offer to those willing to head outside of their comfort zone to see them.

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