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'I have good news and bad news ... The good news is, they let me aboard the ship.'
'I can't believe it,' Rebecca says excitedly. 'I thought there was no chance! I'm almost done packing - I'll catch a taxi to the terminal now!'
'See, this is the bad news part,' I say, watching the docks slowly recede into the distance ...
Let's face it, for all its convenience, flying sucks the adventure out of a journey. Check your shoes. Bag your liquids. So when Seth Stevenson decided to embark on the ultimate adventure - circumnavigating the world, no less - he vowed to recapture what he once loved about travel by sticking to one simple rule: no planes, ever.
In the spirit of Around the World in Eighty Days, he sets off with fellow traveller Rebecca as expert navigatrix to recapture the true spirit of travel by savouring every unexpected bump in the road - and seeing everything you miss by flying over it. He bunks on cargo freighters, cruise ships and ferries, rides on rickshaws, motorbikes and double-decker buses, drives a car across the Australian outback, pedals a bicycle through Vietnam, rattles across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway - and even abandons Rebecca in Singapore to maintain his 'no fly' rule and make a vital connection.
This funny, wise and fascinating armchair tour around the world is a timely reminder of what travelling should be.