Oct 17 2009
Marco Polo Didn’t Go There is a collection of travel stories by Rolf Potts from a decade of writing for publications like National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, and WorldHum.com. He’s also been selected for The Best American Travel Writing anthologies several times and is best known for his book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. Each essay in Marco Polo is accompanied by a “special commentary track” that gives the reader clarifications and anecdotes about each story. After Sarah and I read the book, we still had a few questions that we were dying to ask. Since his travel advice column for WorldHum.com is called Ask Rolf…we did.
1. Do you prefer aisle or window? (Please explain why.)
Aisle. I have long legs, and it’s nice to stretch them out every so often.
I’d say the bag of peanuts I bought in the Siphandon region of Laos in 1999. There were rumors of a cholera epidemic in the area at the time, so I was avoiding restaurant meals. I figured a bag of peanuts would be fine.Author Crush, Author Interview, Book Reviews, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, Rolf Potts, Travel, Travel Writing, Vagabonding