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Douglas Rogers on Traveling and Foreign Cuisine

The Last ResortDouglas Rogers Douglas Rogers, author of The Last Resort, is a man who’s been places – he’s been to over 50 countries at last count, and still traveling. Lisa from the Globe Corner Bookstore – “the largest and one of the oldest travel book and map stores in North America” (it’s in Cambridge, Mass.) – caught up with Rogers between travels to find out how he does it, which places he still wants to visit and to chat about his book and the story behind it.

1. First, a preliminary travel preference question: do you take the aisle or window seat? (Please explain.)

Aisle – for stretching and proximity to wine trolley.

2. Also, according to your biography you have traveled to over 50 countries. But there is always that tiny Baltic Island whose ferry is never running or that pueblo in Taos that is always closed for an indigenous ceremony – we’ve all got a place where fate won’t let us go. Is there a destination that still eludes you?

Yes, any island off Maine. This will sound pathetic to someone from Boston, but I’ve been planning to visit Maine ever since moving to the US seven years ago and it’s never happened, usually because of poor organization on my part. It’s not easy to get my head around that state because it’s so huge, and the idea of going to the wrong island and being stuck there for a week terrifies me. So a request – can any of your readers advise me on a cool, remote island hideaway to visit in June with my family, how to get there, and where to stay?

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