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By Chuck Thompson

From Bangkok to Bogotá, a hilarious behind-the-brochures journey of picture-perfect locales, risky locations, and hyped up hellholes from a man who is aware the reality approximately travel

Travel author, editor, and photographer Chuck Thompson has spent greater than a decade traipsing via thirty-five (and counting) international locations around the globe, and he is had adequate. adequate of the half-truths demanded by means of journal editors, sufficient of the without end recycled clichés considered as solid commute writing, and adequate of the grotesque secrets and techniques fiercely guarded by means of the shuttle undefined. yet generally, he is had adequate of returning domestic from assignments and leaving the main fascinating tales and the main provocative insights at the editing-room ground. From getting swindled in Thailand to operating afoul of customs inspectors in Belarus, from defusing antagonistic Swedish rockers behind the curtain in Germany to a closed-door assembly with shuttle professionals telling him why he is approximately to be fired once more, Thompson's no-holds-barred variety is fresh, invigorating, and all these different adjectives go back and forth writers use to explain spa vacation trips the place the most appeal is an everyday colonic.

Smile when you are Lying takes readers on an impossible to resist sequence of adventures in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin the United States, and past; information the results of globalization at the informal tourist and ponders the way forward for commute as we all know it; and gives up a treasure trove of travel-industry secrets and techniques amassed all through a decidedly speckled career.

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