Travel book of the week: A fortune teller told me by Tiziano Terzani

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This book was given to me by a friend we made on our travels. Marcelina is originally from Germany but at the time she was about to move to Singapore with her partner Marius. We first met on a tour in Siberia and then saw each other again in Singapore. I remember being so touched by the gift. This was the second time we had met and here was Marcelina sharing something that had inspired her with me. No expectations just a pure act of generosity. Whenever I think of her I feel compelled to do a random act of kindness.


A fortune-teller told me by Tiziano Terzani


This book is written by a fantastic story-teller and experienced Asia correspondent for Der Spiegel. The writer was warned by a fortune-teller to avoid planes in 1993 and as a result spent a year travelling overland through Asia. On his journey he met with other fortune tellers, shamans and sorcerers to learn more about his future. But the real benefit was the new understanding he gained about himself and about a continent he thought he knew. His entertaining and enlightening stories make this both a fantastic read and a great way to get a deeper glimpse of Asian culture.

He says this of his experience

“the first step into an unknown world. . . . It turned out to be one of the most extraordinary years I have ever spent: I was marked for death, and instead I was reborn.”

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? You can leave your thoughts in the comments below.

What other travel related books are in your ‘must read’ list. We would love it if you recommended a book. Just send us the title and a short description and we will feature it on our blog. We’d also love to hear how you discovered it.

P.S. If you’re based in the UK you can buy the book here. If you’re based in the US you can click on the image above.

Karen Sargent

Karen is a trained psychologist and coach. But really she's an adventurer who believes travel can be one of life's best teachers. She writes to inspire you to take the leap and travel in a way that is memorable and meaningful.

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