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Ah travel! New scenery, exciting adventures, time alone with a loved one. Truth is, travel can make or break a relationship. Just negotiating when to leave for the airport can be tricky: she insists on arriving hours ahead of flight time, he likes the excitement of a photo finish. But as Mary-Lou Weisman sees it, "The inevitable rage with which we begin each trip only help Ah travel! New scenery, exciting adventures, time alone with a loved one. Truth is, travel can make or break a relationship. Just negotiating when to leave for the airport can be tricky: she insists on arriving hours ahead of flight time, he likes the excitement of a photo finish. But as Mary-Lou Weisman sees it, "The inevitable rage with which we begin each trip only helps us to better appreciate the good times that lie ahead." Or maybe not. When people have jet lag, can't speak the language, figure out the money, or maintain intestinal regularity, they get cranky. And since they don't know anybody else in Kyoto to take it out on, they take it out on each other. Alas, couples therapy is rarely available on vacation, which is why we need this hilarious and truthful take on travel and togetherness. Using her own misadventures--from honeymoon through Elderhostel--Weisman exposes all the gender landmines: Destinations: He wants to outrun molten lava down a volcano, she prefers raking gravel in a Buddhist monastery. Motivations: She longs for a change of scenery, he hopes for a change of self. Preparations: She keeps a file of required sights, he won't be bullied by travel guides. Accommodations: She divides every hotel room in half so he'll know on which side of the bed to throw his wet towel. Inclinations: She shops a country, he eats it. This is the real skinny on what happens when Mars and Venus hit the road. With a sly wink, a comic nod, and just the right amount of optimism, Weisman shows us that despite the shortcomings of one's beloved, harmonious travel is possible.


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Ah travel! New scenery, exciting adventures, time alone with a loved one. Truth is, travel can make or break a relationship. Just negotiating when to leave for the airport can be tricky: she insists on arriving hours ahead of flight time, he likes the excitement of a photo finish. But as Mary-Lou Weisman sees it, "The inevitable rage with which we begin each trip only help Ah travel! New scenery, exciting adventures, time alone with a loved one. Truth is, travel can make or break a relationship. Just negotiating when to leave for the airport can be tricky: she insists on arriving hours ahead of flight time, he likes the excitement of a photo finish. But as Mary-Lou Weisman sees it, "The inevitable rage with which we begin each trip only helps us to better appreciate the good times that lie ahead." Or maybe not. When people have jet lag, can't speak the language, figure out the money, or maintain intestinal regularity, they get cranky. And since they don't know anybody else in Kyoto to take it out on, they take it out on each other. Alas, couples therapy is rarely available on vacation, which is why we need this hilarious and truthful take on travel and togetherness. Using her own misadventures--from honeymoon through Elderhostel--Weisman exposes all the gender landmines: Destinations: He wants to outrun molten lava down a volcano, she prefers raking gravel in a Buddhist monastery. Motivations: She longs for a change of scenery, he hopes for a change of self. Preparations: She keeps a file of required sights, he won't be bullied by travel guides. Accommodations: She divides every hotel room in half so he'll know on which side of the bed to throw his wet towel. Inclinations: She shops a country, he eats it. This is the real skinny on what happens when Mars and Venus hit the road. With a sly wink, a comic nod, and just the right amount of optimism, Weisman shows us that despite the shortcomings of one's beloved, harmonious travel is possible.

30 review for Traveling While Married

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linn

    This book was mildly humourous and very light reading. I didn't find it very engaging or even that interesting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Very funny book! Here are some of my favorite passages from this book: "All too often, when people don't know where they are, have jet lag, don't speak the language, and can't figure out the money, or maintain intestinal regularity, they get hostile." "I carefully unpack, hang up my clothing in my half of the closet, and put the foldable items in my allotment of large and small bureau drawers. Then I go into the bathroom and line up my pharmaceuticals on my half of the glass shelf, most of which, Very funny book! Here are some of my favorite passages from this book: "All too often, when people don't know where they are, have jet lag, don't speak the language, and can't figure out the money, or maintain intestinal regularity, they get hostile." "I carefully unpack, hang up my clothing in my half of the closet, and put the foldable items in my allotment of large and small bureau drawers. Then I go into the bathroom and line up my pharmaceuticals on my half of the glass shelf, most of which, it may come as no surprise, are prescription drugs meant to relieve anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviors." "For an entire year I was a California mountain woman. I went braless. I wore a black leotard and long paisley skirts that could double as tablecloths."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    I really enjoyed this book especially after reading so many travel books by people who think they're funny but aren't. This woman is hilarious!! I cracked up more times than I could tell you over just one little thing she'd say....like that's exactly what I would WANT to say or do. It was a quick read, especially since I had trouble putting it down.

  4. 5 out of 5

    M. Lynne

    Some funny stuff, and some very true stuff here. I especially enjoyed the segments on traveling with friends, and the one on HIS vacation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book is a quick read and a hoot to boot. If your spouse is very different from you and you've learned to co-exist, this book is for you. I loved it. A great escape book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marty Greenwell

    Funny expose on Mary-Lou and Larry and their exploits traveling for 40+ years. It makes fun of the obvious: that a couple is different at home and those differences stay there while on the road. But if you absorb this quick read, it might help you from getting angry at your mate for what we all have, that being different. This difference is what makes us great but also can be the scourge of our existence, especially when we want to vacation. She also talks on how vacations change as we age.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer S

    This book started out with great promise, drawing comparisons between contrasting styles of vacationing .... not that anyone in OUR family would ever see us in these 2 married-but-different folks. But it lost a bit of its zing as it turned into something of a collection of travel tales. And the gender stereotyping was a little over the top (she likes to shop, he likes to adventure and to eat?). But a good chuckle and the occasional "that's ME all over!" moment make it worth the very quick read th This book started out with great promise, drawing comparisons between contrasting styles of vacationing .... not that anyone in OUR family would ever see us in these 2 married-but-different folks. But it lost a bit of its zing as it turned into something of a collection of travel tales. And the gender stereotyping was a little over the top (she likes to shop, he likes to adventure and to eat?). But a good chuckle and the occasional "that's ME all over!" moment make it worth the very quick read that it is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    What a writer!! This was laugh-out-loud-at-inappropriate times funny, touching, and insightful. Part marriage therapy (from a couple amarried forever) and part travel advice. It only took about two hours (maybe) to read and was worth every second. Witty, concise -- the month-long rental in Italy chapter was worth it all by itself! Hah!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Fun!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    More biographical than a travel log. Okay read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gabi Coatsworth

    Hilarious!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Funny and hilariously accurate. I feel like my interest slowly went downhill the further along I read but overall a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Howard

    This book reminds me, like my dad always said, don’t take life too seriously. I hope one day, to “vacation with a vengeance” among the “misbehaving elderly.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    A good short, humorous read. Perfect for a pandemic. Watch Jerry Seinfeld’s newest special first!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juliet Doubledee

    After reading this book I felt relieved to finally hear another woman describe travel adventures with her husband that were similar to some I have had with my spouse. I couldn't stop laughing when she described her trip down the Colorado River for her husband's birthday, as it reminded me of boat camping vacations I've been talked into. Mary-Lou Weisman hits upon many good points in this book about how men and women plan, pack, and travel differently from each other. Her most valid point though w After reading this book I felt relieved to finally hear another woman describe travel adventures with her husband that were similar to some I have had with my spouse. I couldn't stop laughing when she described her trip down the Colorado River for her husband's birthday, as it reminded me of boat camping vacations I've been talked into. Mary-Lou Weisman hits upon many good points in this book about how men and women plan, pack, and travel differently from each other. Her most valid point though was that each spouse also has different expectations for what a "vacation" constitutes. My favorite chapter had to do with how so many of us enjoy our vacations so much we don't want to leave, so we start invisioning ourselves settling down in a home in the vacation city/country. Even going so far as figuring out how much our home could be sold for and looking at prospective homes in our dream location. My only criticism of this book is that she needed to go more into depth in some of her chapters as she seemed to just skim through some vacation adventures.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    A fun and quick read from an author who has traveled extensively with her husband. The differences in the way they approach travel make for interesting adventures. One of the best chapters was a set of rules she developed for houseguests who visit them when they rent summer places abroad. An excerpt: "What to Bring: You will need a bathing suit, a toothbrush, dental floss in case of native corn, your own sunblock, and proof of passage back to where you came from. Travel lightly. Steamer trunks w A fun and quick read from an author who has traveled extensively with her husband. The differences in the way they approach travel make for interesting adventures. One of the best chapters was a set of rules she developed for houseguests who visit them when they rent summer places abroad. An excerpt: "What to Bring: You will need a bathing suit, a toothbrush, dental floss in case of native corn, your own sunblock, and proof of passage back to where you came from. Travel lightly. Steamer trunks will be confiscated. I am not Jane Austen. Yours is not to be a visit of nineteenth-century duration."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I didn't have high expectations for this book, just picked it up in the travel section of the library while browsing, looking for a light read. And it was amusing at times (particularly the author's letter to the folks renting the converted mill after her in Tuscany). However, I also felt like there were some sexist assumptions made, along the lines of women wanting to shop on vacation while men want to eat. Also, overall it felt like a lot of whining by wealthy folks. Ah, if only I had their tr I didn't have high expectations for this book, just picked it up in the travel section of the library while browsing, looking for a light read. And it was amusing at times (particularly the author's letter to the folks renting the converted mill after her in Tuscany). However, I also felt like there were some sexist assumptions made, along the lines of women wanting to shop on vacation while men want to eat. Also, overall it felt like a lot of whining by wealthy folks. Ah, if only I had their travel travails at a spa in Mexico, a beachhouse in Cape Cod, etc.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Bonelli

    Happened to pick this up at the library when I was grabbing another book. Of course the title caught my eye and the stories did not disappoint. As I prepare to head out with my husband, travelling the country via RV for as long as we can stand it, and/or each other, I hope to remember the wit and humor that Weisman uses in her book. So much of it has hit home already (moving into the RV I've already made room for the 2 dresses I HAD to keep even though I've only worn them once in 3 years). Great Happened to pick this up at the library when I was grabbing another book. Of course the title caught my eye and the stories did not disappoint. As I prepare to head out with my husband, travelling the country via RV for as long as we can stand it, and/or each other, I hope to remember the wit and humor that Weisman uses in her book. So much of it has hit home already (moving into the RV I've already made room for the 2 dresses I HAD to keep even though I've only worn them once in 3 years). Great read...I think I'll look for her other books now!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This is one of those books you know is going to be awful, and I was not disappointed. Rich people trying to one-up each other in their extravagant travels. The humor wasn't humorous, the stories weren't interesting, and these people want to complain about trips that most people will never get to have. The advice part of the book is over quickly, and slips simply to lazy stories about how great these people's travels were. Besides that. The people themselves seem awful. He's a lawyer specializing This is one of those books you know is going to be awful, and I was not disappointed. Rich people trying to one-up each other in their extravagant travels. The humor wasn't humorous, the stories weren't interesting, and these people want to complain about trips that most people will never get to have. The advice part of the book is over quickly, and slips simply to lazy stories about how great these people's travels were. Besides that. The people themselves seem awful. He's a lawyer specializing in divorce. They sound like horrible American travelers. This was just terrible.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Naty

    This book was exactly what I expected. Light reading, couple of chuckles and on to the next book. It's a book good to read if you're in an airport terminal, airplane or somewhere where you're just bored

  21. 5 out of 5

    Radtin

    A humorous book about traveling, however at one point it makes fun of Elderhostel trips. Actually,the author's assessment of Elderhostel trips is extremely unfair, and for this reason I really didn't care for the book. Humor does not have to be mean spirited or make fun of something.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Elkins

    Cute, light, witty book told in a series of anecdotes. (As a serious travel writer who's been to more countries than I can name in 60 years, she has a lot of material to pull from.) took me just 72 minutes to read. I laughed out loud a few times, and read several passages to my husband.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alana

    A short, funny read. Picked this up along with some travel guides as we're starting to plan our annual summer road trip. You have to laugh at the gender differences that go into traveling. Just wish I had the kind of money that the author does!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Jacobs

    Very Humerus The book is written in conversation narrative. It's as if we're having a cup of tea and telling war stories about vacations past. I love the easy going nature of the vignettes and think I'd totally love going on vacation with this pair.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Enjoyable, light travel essays about traveling with her husband throughout the world. Worthwhile reading for traveling couples.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    An amusing New Yorker-style little book. It's a great way to get ready for a vacation.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Terrie

    This book really hit the nail on the head. It was a fun read. Now, if only I had the resources to travel.... I would test those theories.

  28. 4 out of 5

    MEGAN C

    Not really about good advice just travel stories from the two of them. I am glad they didn't kill each other.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    A fun read. Especially if you and your traveling companion have polar opposite traveling styles!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was just expecting it to be helpful tips, not just amusing anecdotes.

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