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I'm a 30 something who loves to travel.  I have a full time job and enjoy writing (or blogging) about my travels.  I've traveled through several countries in Europe as well as Russia and Egypt.  I also enjoy domestic travel in the United States, including Disney.  My long term travel goal is to do a round the world trip.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review and a Giveaway - The Art of Travel

I recently read the book The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.  This is national best seller, well rated, everyone loves it - except me.  Ok, I'm sure there are some others. 

The book is extremely well written, and explores some different countries from different angles.  I think reading the book made my own writting better.  But, the book bored me to tears, it's one of the few books that I didn't bother finishing.  I would read a page and then 3 pages later find my mind wandering to my grocery list.  How sad is that?

But instead of writing a long post bashing the book and then giving it away as a failure, I decided to make it an opportunity.  I've decided to give the book away to one of my readers, free.  I'm hoping the lucky recipient will actually enjoy the book as many others have. 

Here is how to enter:
email me with your name and email address at thetravelinggiraffe(at)gmail(dot)com by 2PM on June 18, 2011

Once all the entries have been received I will assign each person a number and then use Random.com to pick a number.  I will then contact the winner via email to get their mailing address and ship the book out the following week using the US Postal Service.

Rules (I'm making this up as I go):
If you aren't willing to give me your address, that's fine.  But, I can't ship to you if you don't give me your address. 
I would love to hear back from the winner about what they thought of the book, but if I don't that's ok.  I promise I wont become a stalker. 
I will ship Internationally, but it will be the cheapest method possible, probably a snail in a row boat.