Program 586: Travel Writers Travels; Autumn Light in Japan; Swedish Values
Release Date: 12-07-2019
Pico Iyer explains why autumn is the perfect season for understanding the soul of Japan, Robert Reid recommends how to amp up your next vacation by traveling like a travel writer, and tour guides from Sweden share tips on keeping expenses in check and enjoying Scandinavia like a local.
- Travel writer Robert Reid
- Pico Iyer, author of "Autumn Light" (Knopf)
- Asa Danielsson and Laurel James, tour guides from Sweden
- Robert Reid writes about "Offbeat Travels" for National Geographic.
- Caller Alyce recommends Fred Plotkin's guidebook "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler."
- Pico Iyer released two books about Japan in 2019. "Autumn Light" is a memoir of his life in a suburb of Nara, while "A Beginner's Guide to Japan" is a small book of "observations and provocations" about Japanese society and cultural expectations.
- Pico recommends staying at Koya San, where 52 of the traditional temples offer accommodations and serve meals.
- Asa recommends the provinces of Dalarna and Varmland in central Sweden for traditional crafts.
More with Pico Iyer - Author Pico Iyer tells Rick about his friendship with the Dalai Lama, and recounts a particularly moving incident when he was addressing survivors of the 2011 East Japan tsunami. (runs 2:17)
More with Robert Reid - Travel writer Robert Reid tells us how he used the lyrics to Billy Joel songs as a road trip theme. (runs 2:08)