Traveling While Married by Mary-Lou Weisman

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Ah travel! New scenery, exciting adventures, time alone with a loved one. Truth is, travel can make or break a relationship. Just negotiating when to leave for the airport can be tricky: she insists on arriving hours ahead of flight time, he likes the excitement of a photo finish. But as Mary-Lou Weisman sees it, "The inevitable rage with which we begin each trip only helps us to better appreciate the good times that lie ahead."

Or maybe not. When people have jet lag, can't speak the language, figure out the money, or maintain intestinal regularity, they get cranky. And since they don't know anybody else in Kyoto to take it out on, they take it out on each other. Alas, couples therapy is rarely available on vacation, which is why we need this hilarious and truthful take on travel and togetherness.

Using her own misadventures--from honeymoon through Elderhostel--Weisman exposes all the gender landmines:

Destinations: He wants to outrun molten lava down a volcano, she prefers raking gravel in a Buddhist monastery.

Motivations: She longs for a change of scenery, he hopes for a change of self.

Preparations: She keeps a file of required sights, he won't be bullied by travel guides.

Accommodations: She divides every hotel room in half so he'll know on which side of the bed to throw his wet towel.

Inclinations: She shops a country, he eats it.

This is the real skinny on what happens when Mars and Venus hit the road. With a sly wink, a comic nod, and just the right amount of optimism, Weisman shows us that despite the shortcomings of one's beloved, harmonious travel is possible.

About Mary-Lou Weisman

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Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Mary-Lou Weisman's books include "My Baby Boomer Baby Book", "Traveling While Married", and "Intensive Care: A Family Love Story". Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including the "New Republic", "Atlantic Monthly", and the "New York Times", and she has contributed essays and commentary to Public Radio International. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband. Al Jaffee is an award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in more 440 issues of "MAD" magazine--a total unmatched by any other writer or artist--including his trademark, the "MAD" fold-in, which has been featured in almost every issue since 1964.
Published April 25, 2003 by Algonquin Books. 191 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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And, of course, the "don't ask, don't tell" rule of travel: "Nobody wants to hear about your vacation unless you've had a terrible time....

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