World Travel as Lifestyle Series

Dreaming about taking a trip of a lifetime? How about making it a lifetime of trips traveling the world! For over 35 years John Bucher Herr and his wife Martha have been doing just that. John shows in his books how to experience the world in comfort by avoiding travel agents and dealing directly with the airlines and hotels. By learning the difference between a tourist and a traveler. John learned to succeed at luxury travel without the luxurious price tag. Why pay $75/night for a hotel when the same hotel will lease a room for $700/month? Why pay full price when you can snag deals from airlines who have unsold seats? If your bucket list is long, the odds are with you for many experiences for travel at low cost.

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South Africa

John describes his adventures in Cape Town and South, Robben Island, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. He shows up to date version of the present conditions in these countries.

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Portugal

John describes and shows the wonderments of one of the oldest countries of Europe. Lisbon, Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Colares, Cascais and Sintra. The churches, tiles, hills, palaces, wines and foods add up to a unique visit. Most of all the Portuguese people are so hospitable and kind which can be cherished in your memory forever.

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Morocco

John describes adventures in Marrakesh. Casablanca and Rabat. The story includes the special restaurant at Sti Fadma and the unique snow skiing at Oukaïmeden in the Atlas Mountains. Also the sports in the Sahara Desert at Sidi Abdullah Ghiat are of interest as well. It is a fine look at this beautiful country in Northwest Africa.

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The Holy Land

John describes the present day look of the familiar places where Biblical events occurred; TelAviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tiberius, Nazareth, Masada, The Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, The Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum and more. You can learn how to make the best hotel deal also.

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Ecuador

A good look at Quito, how 3 million folks live well at 9300’; another world that is Ecuador called the Galápagos Islands where 25,000 people live a special life at sea level. 

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North Vietnam
More Than Hanoi

John shows where to find the yummiest food in Old Hanoi. He takes you where the tourists avoid:
The Hill Tribes near SaPa, the mysterious islands in Halong Bay, The “foot powered” boat rides in Ninh Binh. Also, the Gioc Falls and Dong Nguom Ngao cave in the Northeast next to China…and much more.

Argentina

Argentina

John describes and photographs the marvels of Buenos Aires, Ushuia, San Carlos de Baraloche, Mendoza and the Iguaźu Falls along with his personal stories. He also describes the changes that have taken place in the last seven years. The Argentines have so many natural jewels within their country for which they can be proud.

Asturias

Asturias

John describes the sights in the state in northern Spain named Asturias with its’ towns, Oviedo, Avilla, Gigon and environs. It also describes the week when Royalty of Spain awarded the Princess of Asturias honors to his son, Dr. Hugh M. Herr, a renown MIT scientist. 

Athens

Athens

John describes the ease of life in the ancient city of democracy. The food and ambience and the big surprise part way up the Acropolis make the place an eternal attraction.

Australia

This is the story of Australia in 1981 and the changes that have evolved by 2019; the people and the land. A thorough covering of the cities around the perimeter of the down under continent. Sydney, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra and more.

Beijing

John describes the huge, historical capitol of China. This was prior to the only olympics held in China. The Great Wall, The Forbidden City and more are well portrayed.

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Bhutan

John describes the Shangri-La of the World. The kingdom nestled at the foot of the Himalayas. Their national symbol are replicas of the human male genitalia which can be a little shocking at first. Seeing is believing…

Cambodia

Cambodia

In this book, John describes the wonders of the Angkor Wat with the dark side of the recent politics. The numerous other temples around Siem Reap are other worldly as well.

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Chengdu & Xian

Learn how easy it is to navigate within China’s fourth largest city; take a good look at the high tech center of China so close to the home of the pandas. And then walk among the terra cotta warriors. Be sure to buy the VIP ticket for the opera and be ready for a wonderful surprise.

Chile

Chile

John describes the differences between the country now versus 17 years ago both seasonally and politically along with his personal stories. The glories on Santiago; being close to snow skiing, the beach and the vineyards. There was a beautiful mountain park within the center city along with unique noses.

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Costa Rica

A home away from home for the Herr’s in Central America for over 50 trips in twenty five years. The story is about fun, business and friendships within this tropical paradise. A teaching that the country is so much more than coffee and bananas. Get an inside look into the cultural side of San Jose and the private beach resorts.

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A Day in Doha

With my driver named Mohammed who was from Pakistan, I was treated to the new museum, the waterfront, the Pearl, the Mall and more!

Dubai

Dubai

John describes the Emirate of superlatives with towering buildings and man made islands. How about snow skiing and then golf the next day in 115 degree heat? They have the city of today trying to make an even greater future in business and play.

Egypt

Egypt

In this book, John recounts his experiences in Cairo and Luxor. 

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French Polynesia

John describes changes  that have occurred from 1983 until 2019. He describes experiences with the history, people and geography on Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti. Also, he gives clues on the life in a hostel in Papeete.

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Hong Kong

John describes the sights of Hong Kong, Kowloon and other islands from the viewpoint of the Peninsula and the Island Shangri-La Hotels. He also shows Hong Kong while staying in $60/night hotels. The city in all her splendor!

India

India

In this book John describes thoughts about the four major cities and countrysides. 

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Kuala Lumpur

John describes and photographs the life in detail of this warm and diverse capitol of Malaysia.

Laos

Laos

John describes the beautiful sceneries in this communist country. Laos is north of Cambodia with the artsy old capitol of Luang Prabang. A treat for the senses in southeast Asia.

Mongolia

Mongolia

John describes life with the nomads on his journey from Beijing to Ulaanbaator on the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

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Myanmar

John describes how he traveled Myanmar at a quarter of the price of the average travel agent! 

Nepal

Nepal

John describes how easy it is to get into Nepal. A small country that varies from 200’ to over 29,000’ in elevation. The people show extreme patience who live in crowded cities. The country has many Indian influences.

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Netherlands

Understand how such a small country can be so big in the world. See how the Dutch think and relax. This is a story showing the usual tourist venues plus  other many places like Hilversum, Bronkhorst. Velp and Montfort. Learn why there are more bicycles than cars. How about breakfast pancakes (fancy)at a crossroad in the country? Learn how to be organized the Dutch way.

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New Zealand

John describes the key places of both the North and South Islands with words and photos. He gives an accounting of what had changed in 36 years geographically and also in the lives of his New Zealand friends. He attempts to show you a country where there is a new photo op around every turn, and a friend made here is a friend for life!

Paris

Paris

John documents that Paris in June might be the most beautiful city in the world. It was a wonderful cool down from just arriving from Dubai. 

Peru

Peru

John describes his lifelong fascination with the Incan civilization. The regime fell to the Spanish in the 1530’s but so much of the culture remains today. It accounts for the hike and the climb around the Machu Picchu and the politics of the present day along with his personal stories.

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Russia

John describes and photographs the life, history, and sites of the cities visited along the 7,000-mile trek, beginning in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan-Ude, Listbyanka (Larch Village), Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Sviyazhsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Enjoy the happenings that have been influenced by the Trans Siberian Railroad in its 100-year existence. 

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Rome

John describs experiences in Tivoli, Rome, and Vatican City. 

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Shanghai

John describes the sights of his second favorite city. The wonderful blend of the old and the new in the town of only 18 million. The treat was to attend China’s first World Expo. Learn how this city on the Mainland has now rivaled Hong Kong as the number one in business. Learn how to stroll the Bund for an all world experience.

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Singapore

Learn how much fun that can be had in a country that flaunts its strict rules on both the citizens and visitors alike. No need to fear any crime against you while you enjoy the beautiful gardens and parks while you are next to happy citizens of many skin colors and creeds. Understand how such a small country has become a positive world power. And the food? …Oh my!

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Thailand

A home away from home for the Herr’s in Southeast Asia for thirty trips in twenty eight years. An accounting of the changes in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Phi Phi, Kanchanaburi, and Chang Mai. The Kingdom of Smiles still remains wonderful. See the 6 am train coming over the Bridge at the River Kwai!

Tibet

Tibet

John describes the way to and from Tibet—the invitations, permits and visa problems. All is worth it to experience Lhasa and other towns now controlled by China, the people, and the most spectacular view of Mt. Everest… What the base camp at 18,000’ looks like.

Uruguay

Uruguay

John describes and photographs many examples of the tidy lifestyle flaunted by the Uruguayan people. He also describes the changes that have taken place in 7 years along with his personal stories. A tiny country that was the envy of their giant neighbors because of their jewel of a beach city at Punta del Este.

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Vietnam

John describes the ambience of Hanoi, the beauty of Halong Bay, and the Northern Hill Tribes.