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Around the World in 80 Dates

By Jennifer Cox

How far would you go to find Mr. Right? For Jennifer Cox, a former spokesperson for Lonely Planet travel guides, the answer was "around the world."

After the end of a long-term relationship, Jennifer took stock of what she wanted in a romantic partner as well as the roles she'd played in previous relationships. Coming to the conclusion that she couldn't find the type of bloke she wanted in her hometown of London, she began planning her round-the-world gauntlet of first dates in search of her soul mate.

While this book isn't a travel guide, it does offer a different take on places to see and things to do in the countries Jennifer visits. I also enjoyed the glimpse into just what eligible bachelors consider a memorable first date in different parts of the world.

Around the World in 80 Dates is a fun and easy read, and it provides a quick dose of armchair travel in case it's been a little too long since you've had a chance to take a trip of your own. Plus, you get to see how someone who works in the travel industry takes a journey of her own. Jennifer even manages to sneak in some inspiration for a little self-reflection in the midst of all her wacky, cringe-worthy and romantic dates.

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