On the road with Goofus and Gallant
Throughout the book, Leffel humorously follows two imaginary (we hope) couples, the Smiths and Johnsons. The Smiths (a.k.a. “Goofus”) plan and travel with the masses; the Johnsons (a.k.a. “Gallant”) are informed, independent travelers.
We loved it – and started having flashbacks to dental waiting rooms of our youth, where it might go something like this:
The Smiths purchase a one-week vacation package to an all-inclusive resort, where they are herded onto charter planes and group tour buses.
“I found a last minute flight to Lisbon!” exclaimed Mr. Johnson to his wife, who had already located a darling family pension in the heart of Bairro Alto.
“Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune” is, in essence, a textbook for being a gallivanting Gallant.
For those unfamiliar with Goofus and Gallant, check them out here.