Karen Gershowitz has traveled to 90 international locations and all 50 US states. From the age of 17, when she left residence to journey in Europe alone, the New Yorker has embraced journey as a permanent lifelong love and a manner of gaining new views. In “Journey Mania: Tales of Wanderlust,” (She Writes Press), out July 13, Gershowitz celebrates 5 many years spent touring to the far reaches of the world, from Thailand and the Galapagos Islands to Crete, Vietnam, Tibet, India, Burma, Cuba, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and extra.
“My mom at all times needed to journey. When she was older, she had well being points, so we ‘traveled’ whereas staying in NYC,” says Gershowitz. “We went to museums and performances and eating places, and I turned curious concerning the world from doing these issues.”
It have to be within the genes: At age 65, her grandmother Bella started to traverse the nation in Greyhound buses, having fun with the expertise a lot she determined to up the ante by setting off on a months-long journey to the Chilly Struggle-era Soviet Union to trace down family.
For brand spanking new or nervous vacationers, Gershowitz suggests planning a visit round one thing you’re keen on.
“It may very well be eating places, baseball video games, artwork, something,” she says. “Have that be the centerpiece of the journey, after which work out what’s round it. Realizing you’ll be doing one thing you’re keen on helps you recover from a few of the hurdles. It doesn’t matter what it’s, so long as you discover it personally compelling.”
One other method: Simply discover an ideal journey deal and hop on it.
“I’ll know nothing concerning the place,” she says, recalling an epic journey to the mountains of Venezuela in 1989. “I’ll simply get the deal, go, and haven’t any plans in any respect.”
COVID has waylaid her journey plans for the second, however she’s beginning again up once more slowly however certainly, with a June street journey to the Finger Lakes area in New York.
“I’m turning 70 this 12 months. My plan is to go to the South Pacific,” she says. “It’s not occurring for my birthday, however it should occur in 2022. The opposite place is Malta, which I’ve lengthy been drawn to. And once I can not journey, I’ll journey just about.”