Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1Schrödinger's Boarding Pass: Perpetually Unprepared-and Totally Comfortable with That-I Set Off for Vietnam, Tunisia, and Beyondp. 11
2A Model Organism: In Which, Craving Culinary Adventure, I Eat My Way Across the World and Figure Out How to Handle the Consequencesp. 39
3Wandering Stars: In Which I Deal with the Inevitability of Loneliness and the Complicated Joys of Making Friendsp. 63
4Poor Me: How I Learned to Travel Frugally and Got the Best Job in the World-and Why I Gave It Upp. 93
5The Best Policy: In Which I Try to Come Up with an Ethical Response to Developing-World Tragedies and My Own Role in Perpetuating Themp. 137
6The Orient: On Learning, and Unlearning, How to Navigate a Messy Worldp. 163
7Happy Families: How I Faced the Ultimate Horror- Traveling with My Family-and Survived to Tell the Talep. 187
8The Touron's Lament: On the Differences Between Tourists and Travelers, and Never Quite Knowing Whether You're One or the Otherp. 221
9Jiggety-Jog: On Leaving Home, Coming Home, and Seeking My Proper Place in the Worldp. 247
Indexp. 273