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Karen Gershowitz Blogger, Author

Since leaving home for Europe alone at age seventeen, Karen Gershowitz has traveled to more than ninety countries.

In pursuit of her passion for travel, she lost and gained friends and lovers and made a radical career change. She learned courage and risk taking and succeeded at things she didn’t think she could do: She climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. She visited remote areas of Indonesia on her own and became a translator, though only fluent in English.

Karen is the author of Travel Mania: Stories of Wanderlust. Her example will inspire armchair travelers to become explorers and embolden everyone to be more courageous.

Karen lives in New York City.

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Danger, Danger:  White Sands, New Mexico

An excerpt from my new book “Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places, and Curious Cuisine,” out October 4th. The White Sands National Monument is about seventy miles from Las Cruces and is…

An excerpt from my n…

An excerpt from my new book “Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places, and Curious Cuisine,” out October 4th. The White Sands National Monument is about seventy miles from Las Cruces and is notable for two reasons. First, it is the site of one of the world’s largest above ground gypsum deposits. Gypsum is a widely used mineral found in cement and drywall as well as ordinary items like... Source

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For Cod’s Sake: Newfoundland

An excerpt from my new book “Wanderlust: Stories of Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places, and Curious Cuisine,” out October 4th. For the two weeks I traveled around Newfoundland, cod ca…

An excerpt from my n…

An excerpt from my new book “Wanderlust: Stories of Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places, and Curious Cuisine,” out October 4th. For the two weeks I traveled around Newfoundland, cod came up in conversation several times a day. I was never the one to bring it up. “We’ve all become outlaws.” one man told me. “We’re the new generation of pirates,” said another. A woman from Ontario... Source

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Homestay: China 2007

An excerpt from my upcoming book Wanderlust: Stories of Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places, and Curious Cuisine Our tour itinerary included a homestay in a small farming village ninety mi…

An excerpt from my u…

An excerpt from my upcoming book Wanderlust: Stories of Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places, and Curious Cuisine Our tour itinerary included a homestay in a small farming village ninety minutes outside of Xi’an, the city known for the Terracotta Warriors. While I didn’t know what to expect, I was looking forward to the experience. It was clear that Xi’an was succumbing to urban sprawl. Source

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’m at the airport and will be boarding soon for my return flight home. Last night we went to a tango show. It was great fun, if a bit too commercial for my taste. Today, I spent the day on a tour o…

I’m at the airport…

I’m at the airport and will be boarding soon for my return flight home. Last night we went to a tango show. It was great fun, if a bit too commercial for my taste. Today, I spent the day on a tour of Tigre, a neighborhood about fifteen miles from Buenos Aires. The area sits at the confluence of two rivers, the Plata and the Sarmiento. Small tributaries and canals flow from those rivers. Source

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires We disembarked the ship this morning. With no fuss, we grabbed a taxi and went to our hotel. Amazingly, at 9 am, they had a room ready for us. After settling in a bit, we grabbed another …

Buenos Aires We dise…

Buenos Aires We disembarked the ship this morning. With no fuss, we grabbed a taxi and went to our hotel. Amazingly, at 9 am, they had a room ready for us. After settling in a bit, we grabbed another taxi (which are inexpensive) and went to the San Telmo neighborhood. On Sundays, there is an open-air market that extends from Plaza Dorrego in several directions. There are crafts and antiques... Source

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Antarctic Cruise — Day 11

Our weather luck ran out Today was a port everyone was eagerly anticipating — Stanley in the Falkland Islands. It’s a great place to see King penguins. And, of course, to get souvenirs to prove we…

Our weather luck ran…

Our weather luck ran out Today was a port everyone was eagerly anticipating — Stanley in the Falkland Islands. It’s a great place to see King penguins. And, of course, to get souvenirs to prove we’d visited there. We’d been told there was a 50:50 chance the ship would allow passengers to go ashore. From where the ship anchors it is a 30 minute tender ride (basically a shuttle) to get into Stanley... Source

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Antarctic Cruise – Day 3

Puerto Madryn Argentina Without a call at Puerto Madryn, the ship would be at sea for two days. It is the northernmost edge of Argentinian Patagonia. We were the only ship in port, a good thing or we …

Puerto Madryn Argent…

Puerto Madryn Argentina Without a call at Puerto Madryn, the ship would be at sea for two days. It is the northernmost edge of Argentinian Patagonia. We were the only ship in port, a good thing or we would have overwhelmed it. Nearly everyone took a shore excursion hoping to get their first glimpses of penguins and other Patagonian wildlife. Sue and I took a tour to Peninsula Valdez wildlife... Source

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Margo Weinstein, author of Jalan-Jalan: A Journey of Wanderlust and Motherhood

Karen Gershowitz’s second travel book, Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places and Curious Cuisine, is a tasting menu of travel. Vignettes from her decades of travel to dozens of countries a…

Karen Gershowitz’s…

Karen Gershowitz’s second travel book, Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places and Curious Cuisine, is a tasting menu of travel. Vignettes from her decades of travel to dozens of countries are tempting morsels and a pleasurable read. Source

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Malcolm Teasdale, Host of The Travel Addict Podcast

As a fellow Travel Addict, I love to read stories about adventure travel, and Wanderlust didn’t disappoint. Karen ventures to places where most humans would never consider. Just read about her campi…

As a fellow Travel A…

As a fellow Travel Addict, I love to read stories about adventure travel, and Wanderlust didn’t disappoint. Karen ventures to places where most humans would never consider. Just read about her camping escapades in Tanzania to admire her bravery, tolerance and quest to push the envelope of a quirky travel experience, including the consumption of scary looking food. That is one of many stories in... Source

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Marc Nieson, author of Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape

In Wanderlust, Karen Gershowitz once again transports us across the globe, and this time her whirlwind digest includes, well, digestion! From sipping lulada in Colombia to nibbling ugali in Tanzania, …

In Wanderlust, Karen…

In Wanderlust, Karen Gershowitz once again transports us across the globe, and this time her whirlwind digest includes, well, digestion! From sipping lulada in Colombia to nibbling ugali in Tanzania, her tongue remains intrepid, her curiosity unquenchable, her storytelling delectable. “All artists are driven by a need to try something new, push the medium a bit further,” she writes... Source

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Shebs Alom, Travel Professional, founder of Shebs The Wanderer & member of the British Guild of Travel Writers

Karen’s globetrotting tale celebrates a truly inspiring lifetime worth of journey. Her voyage demonstrates that adventure and transformation begin with you – and how you can make it happen for you…

Karen’s globetrott…

Karen’s globetrotting tale celebrates a truly inspiring lifetime worth of journey. Her voyage demonstrates that adventure and transformation begin with you – and how you can make it happen for yourself. An exhilarating story that is a must-read.”... Source

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Jessie Voigts, PhD, Publisher Wandering Educators

With an eye for the unique and a penchant for trying everything, Gershowitz is the best kind of traveler. A master of sharing the essence of place, she makes us laugh, nod our heads, want to try new t…

With an eye for the …

With an eye for the unique and a penchant for trying everything, Gershowitz is the best kind of traveler. A master of sharing the essence of place, she makes us laugh, nod our heads, want to try new things. She inspires us to travel and learn about the world. Source

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Charles Salzberg, award-winning author of the Henry Swann series and Second Story Man

For someone who’s been stubbornly holding out for teleportation before undertaking any extensive travel (that would be me), Wanderlust is a Godsend. Karen Gershowitz offers what amounts to a virtual…

For someone who’s …

For someone who’s been stubbornly holding out for teleportation before undertaking any extensive travel (that would be me), Wanderlust is a Godsend. Karen Gershowitz offers what amounts to a virtual reality tour, including the smells, tastes, and personalities she’s experienced on her many trips to the plethora of countries and cities she’s visited over the years. Great book for the armchair... Source

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Rudy Maxa, travel journalist & broadcaster

You’ve heard of going around the world in 80 days? You can do that in less time with Karen Gershowitz’s new book, Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places. and Curious Cuisine. From Marrake…

You’ve heard of go…

You’ve heard of going around the world in 80 days? You can do that in less time with Karen Gershowitz’s new book, Wanderlust: Extraordinary People, Quirky Places. and Curious Cuisine. From Marrakesh to Malaysia to Montana, Gershowitz mines her memories, notebooks, and photos to take you places you’ll want to visit and introduce you to food you may or may not want to eat. Oh, and she’ll explain why... Source

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London – Day One

Getting through Heathrow felt like a forced march. It took a full hour to get from the gate to the Heathrow Express train—and that doesn’t include getting through passport control. We did finally …

Getting through Heat…

Getting through Heathrow felt like a forced march. It took a full hour to get from the gate to the Heathrow Express train—and that doesn’t include getting through passport control. We did finally make it and in fifteen minutes were at Paddington Station, directly adjacent to our hotel. Our room, of course, wasn’t ready. Sue and I drank caffeine and tried to stay awake. After a sorely needed nap... Source

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Munich

Today in Munich was my worst nightmare weather—rain that froze upon hitting the ground and glazed over everything. Forty years ago, I fell on ice and shattered my elbow, so I’m now paranoid about …

Today in Munich was …

Today in Munich was my worst nightmare weather—rain that froze upon hitting the ground and glazed over everything. Forty years ago, I fell on ice and shattered my elbow, so I’m now paranoid about it. I managed to get through the morning with the help of a friendly arm from my travel companions. We watched as a couple of people slid and fell. After lunch I was ready to call it a day. Source

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Salzburg

This is a whirlwind tour, frankly too fast for my liking. We boarded a train from Vienna to Salzburg in the early morning. Then we had five hours to explore a city that deserves at least a couple of d…

This is a whirlwind …

This is a whirlwind tour, frankly too fast for my liking. We boarded a train from Vienna to Salzburg in the early morning. Then we had five hours to explore a city that deserves at least a couple of days. The train ride was beautiful, through a snow-covered landscape. That snow will stay for a long time, the temperature isn’t expected to rise above freezing for the remainder of the week. Source

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Vienna

I am on a tour of European Christmas markets — first stop Vienna. After breakfast I met the rest of our small group—six of us—plus our guide Rich. We headed out on a tram to see Schönbrunn Pala…

I am on a tour of Eu…

I am on a tour of European Christmas markets — first stop Vienna. After breakfast I met the rest of our small group—six of us—plus our guide Rich. We headed out on a tram to see Schönbrunn Palace. At that point there was a gentle snowfall, enough to be pretty, not enough to be a problem. Years ago, I visited Schönbrunn in the springtime. This was a vastly different experience, we never set foot in... Source

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