Chance Encounters features 23 true short stories from select travel writers and wanderers. Nineteen authors are featured – their works are edited and curated by award-winning travel journalist Janna Graber.
The stories cover a wide range of topics; as Janna shares in her introduction “…the stories I remember most are of the people I’ve met…”. Along with unique experiences, these are the memories that travelers keep with them for a lifetime. And it is the people and the experiences that make these memorable for both the author and the reader.
Take for instance the quick experience that exceptional writer Kimberly Lovato has in Paris; she describes the emotion that a fleeting interaction with a passenger makes during a simple elevator ride spanning 5 stories in Paris. Of all the stories in this book, this one makes a lasting impression.
Travel is about moving out of your comfort zone and being open to sensory input is one of the ways you can open yourself to various people, cultures, foods, religions and ways of living. These “chance encounters” will help inspire you to go out of your way to meet people when you travel – that travel invariably involves meeting good people rather than those trying to take advantage of you.
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