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****Traveling While Married

How to Take a Trip With Your Spouse and Come Back Together

by Mary-Lou Weisman

Illustrated by Edward Koren

Reviewed June 17, 2003.
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2003.  178 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (910.4086 WEI).

Despite its title, this isn’t really a how-to book.  Instead, it’s a hilarious look at the foibles and fantasies of traveling with the one you love most.  Some of the topics covered include capitalizing on your differences, vacation philosophies, packing, shopping, telling others about your vacation (It helps if your experiences were bad!), and even dealing with the summer houseguest.

I loved this paragraph:  “A successful vacation often depends upon a couple’s willingness to commit mutual enabling.  ‘You look gorgeous!  Buy it,’ is Larry’s line.  Mine is, ‘Let’s have dessert.’”  Now if I can only get my own husband to say, “What a good place for pictures!” or perhaps, “Why don’t you buy a book?”

Full of insights about traveling and about relationships, this book will keep you smiling, if not laughing out loud.  Perfect for us Europe-dwelling Americans who want to see the continent before we move on.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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