The Accidental Tourist

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By Josh Lanyon, author of JEFFERSON BLYTHE, ESQUIRE

 

It’s here again. All the fun and excitement of getting ready for a trip to Europe. There’s special excitement, of course, because this is going to be a special kind of trip, but then every trip abroad is special.

Esquire’s Europe in Style, 1960

Nothing teaches you about yourself and the world around you like travel. Especially travel in a foreign country. I think there is no more valuable or important experience for the young at heart. Or the old at heart. Maybe especially for the old at heart.

That said, I hate traveling. I hate packing, I hate airports, I hate sitting in tiny seats surrounded by coughing, sniffing, snoring strangers for hours on end while we hurtle through the clouds and I try to find a comfortable direction to stretch my legs.

Heck, I don’t even like long drives.

I recently took a trip to Scotland, and I must say I did love Scotland very much. But my luggage was lost for three days, I seem to have mislaid two hundred dollars, and I managed to get lost on Orkney. Granted, not for very long, but still. Getting lost on Orkney takes some doing.

I love the idea of travel though. Especially the idea of travel back when it was a luxurious undertaking. Grand tours and winters abroad. Trunks and portmanteaus stuffed with jewels and furs and summer suits and smoking jackets. Steamships and airliners with sleeping berths and cocktail lounges and “altitude conditioning.” Candlelight dinners on the Orient Express. No extra charge for a splash of poison in the soup.

I wanted to capture some sense of romantic travel and adventure in Jefferson Blythe Esquire, even though it’s a contemporary story and the geography Jeff explores is largely of the heart. So I selected key quotes from one of my all-time favorite travel books, the 1960 edition of Esquire’s Europe in Style and spliced them into Jeff’s journey with (what I hope is) comic effect.

I’m giving away a hardcover copy of that vintage travelogue to one random commenter who answers the following questions in the section below:
1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties.
2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit?

 

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JEFFERSON BLYTHE, ESQUIRE by Josh Lanyon

In this fast, fun and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon, twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out…all in the span of one wild summer

After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe—the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather’s1960 copy of Esquire’s Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for…

In London, dodging questions from shady criminals about a mysterious package he most certainly does not have is simple. Losing the gunmen who are convinced he’s someone else is not. And when George, an old friend, offers him help—and a place to stay, and perhaps something more—things become complicated.

Is George really who he seems? And is Jeff finally ready to act on his attraction?

From Paris to Rome and back again, Jeff and George fall for each other, hard, while quite literally running for their lives. But trusting George at his word may leave Jeff vulnerable—in more ways than one.

A distinct voice in gay fiction, Josh Lanyon is the multi-award-winning author of nearly seventy stories of male/male mystery, adventure and romance. Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews Award for LGBTQ Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, and the first recipient of the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s Hall of Fame award.

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28 thoughts on “The Accidental Tourist”

  1. Rob Farr says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. PTowne
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit?
    Australia

  2. David Warner says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Amsterdam
    2 – What country would you most like to visit? Australia

  3. HJ says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Crete
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit? New Zealand.

  4. Johanna says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Australia
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit? New Zealand.

    By the way, JBE made me want to revisit all those lovely places here in Europe again — immediately. I love this book!

  5. Steve Leonard says:

    I couldn’t afford to travel much in my 20s, but I did spend some time in Lake Tahoe. Gorgeous.

    I would like to visit Poland and the Czech Republic.

  6. KC says:

    France.
    New Zealand (and also lots of places in Europe).

  7. Dianne T says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Switzerland
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit? Scotland.

  8. Susan says:

    1-France
    2-Scotland

    And the reread is as funny as the first time, Josh.

  9. Jacquie Sawyer says:

    England
    Australia

  10. JR says:

    1-Belize
    2-Croatia

  11. Sandy says:

    1 – Canada

    2 – Ireland

  12. Dhwani says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties: I’m in my twenties and the only vacation I have had in recent years is in the Himalayas.
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit?: Somewhere in Scandinavia, probably Norway (Bergen!)

  13. Anne says:

    1. Istanbul
    2. Spitsbergen

  14. MtSnow says:

    1. Orland, FL
    2. Florence or Rome, Italy

  15. Rachel says:

    1. In my twenties, the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN. Had a great time.
    2. New Zealand.

  16. Andy Slayde says:

    1. The 20’s were awful for me. Lake George in the Adirondacks is the only place I vacationed. Sadly.
    2. I would love to go to Scotland and Australia and Iceland.

  17. Susanne Birk says:

    1- Avignon, France
    2- Japan, the Royal Japanese Gardens in Kyoto

  18. Haldis Grummel says:

    Did a cool road trip to Texas when I was twenty. I’d love to go back.
    Where do I want to go? Any cute little village on a hillside with narrow windy lanes and buildings made of stone where I can spend days wandering, exploring and otherwise getting totally and completely lost. Oh yeah, and good food.
    I’m not picky

  19. Elizabeth Gray says:

    1. St. Augustine, FL. I love going back to this oldest town in the United States.

    2. I would love to go to Scotland, Ireland and England–Great Britain. But, don’t fly, so have to figure out another way.

    Thank you for the giveaway

  20. Sabine Biedenweg says:

    1. Italy
    and I know its boring now
    2. New Zealand
    but Norway and Finland are on my wishlist too.

    Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is a wonderful book, I would love to read a sequel. (No pressure)

  21. Susan Ford says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Britain (all over grand tour)
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit? What’s left? Australia! New Zeland! India!

  22. Loretta Sharp says:

    1. Mazatlan
    2. Ireland

  23. Barbra says:

    1. I didn’t go anywhere in my twenties
    2. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia & New Zealand

  24. Terri Brooks says:

    1. As my father was a US Marine, we traveled all over every 2 to 3 years, so by the time I was in my twenties, I just wanted to stay in one place (California)
    2. England or Australia

  25. Krissy says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Egypt
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit? So hard to pick just one but, if pressed, I’d say Australia or Japan

  26. Judy Stone says:

    1 – Name one place you vacationed when you were in your twenties. Cross Village, Michigan
    2 – What foreign country would you most like to visit? Japan

  27. Val says:

    1. Italy & Switzerland
    2. Iceland

  28. Jho says:

    1. Puerto Princesa, Palawan Philippines <3 Went there with hubby and college buddies
    2. Japan <3 <3 <3

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