How Not to Avoid Jet Lag

Joshua Brown

AUTHOR:  Joshua Samuel Brown, Portland, OR.

CONTACT:  josambro AT gmail DOT com

ABOUT THE BOOK: There is a little of Hunter S. Thompson in Joshua Samuel Brown’s writing, a pinch of P.J. O’Rourke, maybe even a dash of “Gulliver’s Travels.” For unlike many travel writers who draw back and write about exotic places from a safe and contemplative distance, Brown plunges right in, experiencing the good, the bad and the inedible. Ever wonder how you can tell the difference between good and not-so-good dog meat soup in Korea? Did you know that Beijing has a ghetto inhabited primarily by Muslims? Brown is counterculture savvy, technologically wired and, to some degree, able to converse in Mandarin. Yet through all 19 of these traveler’s tales, he never forgets who he is — a bewildered outsider.

BACK STORY: Writes Brown: “When people find out that I spent nearly a decade as a travel writer and gave it up (to lead a vaguely normal life,) they sometimes react with disbelief. ‘But that’s the world’s greatest job,’ some folks tell me, imagining lobster on the beach, first class tickets to everywhere and endless exotic entertainment.

“After being driven slightly mad by too many years on the road I decided to compile some of my bizarre stories from my years as a travel writer (for Lonely Planet and others) into one book. Several of my test readers found the stories quite visual, and suggested I illustrate some of them. But I can’t draw, so I hired my friend David Lee Ingersoll – a professional cartoonist who’s worked for, among others, Dark Horse Comics, to do the illustrations for me.”

Jet Lag

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: None of us can, in the relatively short life span which we are allotted, go everywhere. So travel writers like Joshua do that for us — and in this case, visits some of the off-the-beaten-track and under-the-radqar places we probably wouldn’t see even if we did go to that country. He eats dog meat stew so we won’t have to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  “I was a teenage bike messenger. For three years I rode through Manhattan’s artificial canyons of steel and stone, dodging cars and pedestrians with fanatical diligence, lungs full of marijuana and exhaust fumes. By sixteen I’d developed a knack for getting between points A and B with speed and precision. At eighteen I was burnt out and sick of New York, so I enrolled in an upstate university, graduating four years later with a degree in creative writing and a powerful desire to see the world.

“Taiwan seemed like a good place to begin an expatriate life. After a few dips into various vocations (including teaching kindergarten and busting sweatshops) I started taking writing more seriously, becoming first an Asia-based journalist and then a guidebook writer. Travel writing provided an ideal way to force-mate my compulsive fetish for escape and logistical skill. My knack for uttering pleasantries in many languages didn’t hurt. For a decade-plus I lived an obsessive logistic-junkie’s dream, earning my way around the world reporting from exotic lands while connecting points from A to Z.  Though I’ve written for tons of magazines, websites & literary publications, the stories in this collection, a mixture of new journalism, non-fiction and pure fiction, share a common denominator outside of belonging to the travel genre: None of them offer anything in the way of useful information.

EDITED BY: Two of my amazing Lonely Planet colleagues, Celeste Brash and Zora O’Neil, helped with editing and proofing.

PUBLISHED BY: I self-published through Amazon. The Kindle version is available here, and I’m working on getting the print version out.


HAVE A TASTE: Amazon lets the author set their own sample length, so I set mine so that anyone can read the first two stories and illustrations as part of the sample. After that, I’m hoping folks’ll buy the book. That’s also here:

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

6 thoughts on “How Not to Avoid Jet Lag”

  1. Joshua, I’ve lived in the US, of course… being I’m American, but I’ve also lived in Italy, Germany, Anguilla, St Kitts and Grand Cayman. As a child my wife lived in the Azores, Taiwan and Japan. Probably not to your extent, but we are off the beaten track folks also. It’s amazing how few visitors to the islands do not fully grasp the concept of the locals living in villages and on farms, as opposed to somehow being permanently connected to a resort. The a entirely amazing world out there that’s just not available on a tour. I look forward to reading your book.


  2. Attention, fellow Snowflakes & Snowflake readers!

    Want free travel advice from me, noted guidebook author & bon vivant Joshua Samuel Brown?

    For a limited time, I’m offering Jet Lag readers a special, super-sweet deal. Here’s how it works:

    1) Buy How Not To Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness from Amazon at 19 tales of travel madness from Lonely Planet author Joshua Samuel Brown, with illustrations by David Lee Ingeroll

    2) Read and enjoy! When you’re done, contact me at and answer the following questions:

    Date of Purchase? (for synching purposes)
    What is the last country named in How Not To Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness? (It’s the last word on the last page under the title OTHER STUFF. It’s the setting for one of the stories in the book.)

    3) Ask me a question or two concerning potential future travel plans.

    For example:
    “Hey Joshua, What’s the best beach in Belize, and where should I stay when I go there?”

    “Dude, What’s one spot in Taiwan I have to see, and how do I get there from Taipei?”

    “Yo, Josambro…How can I crash a wedding in China without looking like a jerk?”

    “JSB, What are three must-try Singaporean dishes and in what food court will I find them?”

    The possibilities are limited only by my own areas of expertise!

    I’ll get back to you within a week (possibly longer if I’m on assignment someplace remote, but I’ll do my best to keep it under a week) with personalized travel advice!
    It’s like having your own personal travel-writer pal…only you don’t have to let me sleep on your couch next time I’m in your town.

    Buy the book: How Not To Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness on Amazon at

    Here’s a quote from Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler, an early reader.

    “I’ve often thought that guidebook writing attracts the mad, the bad and the slightly crazed. If he didn’t start that way – perhaps a pre-writing career as a bike messenger helped – his years on the road have certainly contributed to Joshua’s off-kilter take on the world.”
    — Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet co-founder

    Buy the book! Ask me questions! Be repaid not merely with a fine book of bizarre illustrated short stories, but also with free travel advice!


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