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Posted on June 29, 2010 

‘Titanic Awards’ Salute Travel’s Greatest Failures

Travel writer Doug Lansky sees a disconnect between the articles he reads about exotic destinations and the stories he and fellow writers trade over beers at the bar.

Glossy tales of lying on the beach drinking coconut milk make it into the magazines, he tells NPR’s Liane Hansen, but privately, travel writers like to swap war stories: “juicy nuggets of when you were trapped on this island and the ferry stopped working, or [the] toilet from hell.”

So Lansky decided to change that. In The Titanic Awards, he delivers a lighthearted shot across the bow of the travel industry, celebrating the biggest underachievers and funniest failures in travel.


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