Anthony Bourdain’s posthumous new book is inspiring our post-pandemic travels


Early 22 years after the publication of Anthony Bourdain’s bestselling memoir Kitchen Confidential, fans receive another book from the late travel writer and television star. A concept that Bourdain began working on in 2018: World Travel: An Irreverent Guide was finalized by co-author and longtime assistant Laurie Woolever and will be released on April 20.

The book is full of travel logistics, restaurant recommendations, Bourdain observations, personal essays from family members and colleagues, and illustrations by artist Wesley Allsbrook. It’s both a literal guide to seeing the world and a source of inspiration as we plan after planning. Pandemic Travel.

We swam in very quotable mantras to live and gathered our favorites from the book to channel when you’re back on the road.

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– ‘Have some wine, walk around a little more, eat and repeat. See? It’s easy.’

In the France chapter of World Travel, Bourdain instructs those lucky enough to visit Paris to do as little as possible. Going through consecutive activities like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame in a day will leave you exhausted and overwhelmed.

“The most important thing to do when you get to Paris is to stop,” said Bourdain.

Don’t wrap your itinerary with the highlights of a destination unless you want to miss out on the magic of that destination. Instead, make yourself comfortable and enjoy a new place. Take a seat in a sidewalk café, at the end of a pub, on a city park bench and enjoy it all.

– ‘This is one of those scenes where you get the feeling of slack and touristy spirit – in a good way.’

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide will be released on April 20th


While enjoying off the beaten path, Bourdain was also able to enjoy more classic tourist experiences, as evidenced by this quote, which recalls his time at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

He celebrated places where tourists flock but still endure, from Katz’s delicacies in New York to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Throughout the book, he also advocated visiting places that TV hosts and ordinary people appreciate, such as museums, bookstores, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and nature reserves.

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– ‘Yes, the future is here. But the past is everywhere too. ‘

In the quote above, Bourdain was talking about Cuba. However, it is a feeling that can be applied anywhere. He advises people visiting Havana “if you can, come here with your eyes open and see”. Get to know a place it’s going and where it’s coming from.

Yes, Bourdain would take a poetic look at a destination’s cuisine and bar culture, as well as bohemian landmarks, but Woolever stated that he also read about a place’s history and literature before visiting, to put things together.

– “As soon as you let your senses guide you, you will possibly enjoy many things that you would normally overlook.”

Also from the Paris part of the book comes this piece of Bourdain wisdom that captures the idea of ​​enjoying a new place without assumptions, even after you have familiarized yourself with its history and culture. When you travel again, go in openly and see where one place can take you.

And if you start with preconceptions, don’t be afraid to question your opinion. In World Travel, Bourdain admits having changed his mind and benefited from it, for example when he went to Los Angeles with a New York attitude – and eventually admitted he loved the place.

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– “So many of the good times going through this world are directly related to finding a human face associated with your goal, the food you eat, and the memories you will keep forever can be.”

The South Korea chapter of the book begins with this thank you message for Nari Kye, a woman who worked with Bourdain and his team when they were working on No Reservations and Parts Unknown in her home country. It’s proof of how important people can be as part of your travel experience.

In an age of mask-wearing and social distancing, speaking to strangers may be inconceivable, but getting to know locals – once the coronavirus is no longer a threat to you or them – is an integral part of traveling like Bourdain.

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