Program 252a: Off the Grid in Mexico; Baltic Cities; Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari

Release Date: 08-25-2012

Description

Paul Theroux describes what a trip the length of Africa taught him, 40 years after serving with the Peace Corps in a village in Malawi. Frugal Traveler Seth Kugel tells us what it was like to spend a week in a small Mexican town he picked at random, well-off the tourist grid. Also, Neil Taylor explains how much the Baltic countries have brightened up to visitors in 20 years, since they shook off Soviet Communism.

Guests

  • Seth Kugel, Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times
  • Guidebook author Neil Taylor
  • Travel writer Paul Theroux

Related Links

  • Seth Kugel’s Frugal Traveler blog and website.
  • There is a short video, and photos, of Seth’s visit to San Juan Teitipac archived with his article at the New York Times.
  • A longer version of Seth Kugel’s New York Times article about his stay in San Juan Teitipac, in Oaxaca.  
  • Neil Taylor writes the Baltics Cities guidebook for the Bradt Guides series.
  • Neil Taylor also writes the Bradt guide to Estonia.
  • Paul Theroux’s website.
  • Paul Theroux published “Dark Star Safari” in 2004.
  • Theroux’s publisher lists his works online, with links.