Anthony Bourdain’s posthumous new book is inspiring our post-pandemic travels


In the early 22 years since the publication of the sales memoir of Anthony Bourdain Kitchen Confidential, fans have received another book from the travel writer and TV star. An idea that Bourdain started working on in 2018, World Travel: An Irreverent Guide was completed by co-author and longtime assistant, Laurie Woolever, and will be released on April 20.

Packed with travel logistics, restaurant suggestions, Bourdain observations, personal essays by loved ones and colleagues, and illustrations by artist Wesley Allsbrook, the book is a literal guide to seeing the world as well as inspiration as we plan after a travel pandemic.

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– “Drink some wine, walk a little more, eat and repeat. I see? It’s easy.’

In the chapter on World Travel in France, Bourdain instructs those lucky enough to visit Paris to do as little as possible. Running back-to-back activities such as hitting the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in one day will leave you exhausted and overwhelmed.

“The most important thing to do when you arrive in Paris is to stop,” Bourdain said.

Do not package your itinerary with the best moments of a destination, unless you want to lose its magic. Instead, slow down and enjoy a new place. Grab a seat on a sidewalk cafe, at the end of a diving bar, on a city park bench and get it all.

“This is one of those scenes where you get the feel of a slut and a tourist – in a good way.”

The “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide” will be released on April 20


While Bourdain enjoyed off-road exploration, he could also appreciate the more classic tourist experiences, as seen in this excerpt reminiscent of his time at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Celebrate places where tourists flock, but it still does, from Katz Delicatessen in New York to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Throughout the book, he also defended places hosted by TV hosts and appreciated by regular people, such as museums, bookstores, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wildlife conservation.

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“Yes, the future is here. But the past is everywhere. “

In the above excerpt, Bourdain was talking about Cuba. However, it is an emotion that can be applied wherever you go. He advises people visiting Havana that “if you can, you should come here with your eyes open and see.” Get to know a place where it goes and where it comes from.

Yes, Bourdain would play poetically the cuisine and culture of a destination and the unconventional points of interest, but Woolever explained that he also read about the history and literature of a place before a visit so he could put things in perspective. frame.

“Once you let your senses guide you, you can begin to find pleasure in many things you were usually unaware of.”

Also from the book section in Paris, this piece of Bourdain wisdom captures the idea of ​​enjoying a new place without assumptions, even if you are familiar with its history and culture. As you travel again, enter with an open mind and see where a place can lead you.

And if you come in with prejudice, do not be afraid to challenge your views. On World Travel, Bourdain admits that he changes his mind and benefits as a result, such as when he went to Los Angeles with a New York stop – and finally admitted that he loved the place.

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“So many of the good times we travel in this world are directly related to finding a human face to match your destination, the food you eat and the memories you will hold forever.”

The book’s chapter on South Korea begins with this message of gratitude for Nari Kye, a woman who worked with Bourdain and his team when they worked at No Reservations and Parts Unknown in her homeland. It’s a testament to how important people can be to your travel experience.

In an age of disguise and social distance, it may be unthinkable to talk to strangers, but meeting locals – when the coronavirus is no longer a threat to you or them – is an essential part of traveling like Bourdain.

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