Soft adventure. The sort of experience that goes beyond the typical tourist itinerary. There is no great physical challenge involved here. There is considerable food for the spirit. And the body. And on the windjammer, a rum swizzle at every turn. Not to worry, you're not driving.
I wrote travel articles about many of my trips. The articles published in the travel sections of newspapers all over the United States and in travel magazines. This was back in the salad days when newspapers had budgets for freelance writing.
This volume is a collection of some of those articles. They tell about where I traveled and something of how I felt about the experiences. I began traveling in Europe and wrote about these experiences, familiar to most Americans who travel abroad, but soon turned to soft adventure travel.
The term, soft adventure, refers not only to the sort of travel I did, but also to my general outlook. I have tried to live life to the fullest, neither moving at a frantic, hell-bent pace at one extreme or at a safe, conservative, boring pace at the other. I was an academic, a history professor, and I have included a few of my scholarly articles that reveal my biases and research interests.
Since some of the articles were written many years ago, I thought of updating them—prices, what to see, where to stay, contact information—but I thought better of it. Updating data of this sort simply perpetuates the inevitability of dating. That’s why print travel guides are revised every year. Even so, any print guide is obsolete the day it is issued. The online guides are more reliable for data of this sort since they can be updated instantaneously. I decided to leave the obsolete data in the articles as historical curiosities. It goes without saying that one should be very careful about relying on any data in my articles.
Read these pieces for pleasure, for a good story, for nostalgia. It’s what I do.