A round-the-world trip, using the most dangerous methods possible. It's when the book is describing the conditions traveling this way that the book is at its most fascinating. The speeding, teetering buses, the overcrowded ferries, all fascinating. It was the author himself who gave me pause. On more than one occassion, he criticizes tourists who refuse to travel in anything less than (comparable) luxury as self-indulgent. This may be so, but how is his trip any less so? At the beginning of the book, he writes that a friend calculated his survival odds as 50/50, and he actually brings his daughter on one leg of the trip. While the information he provides is itself valuable and very interesting, he himself is not so much.