On the road with Goofus and Gallant

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We couldn’t let another day go by without Highlight-ing our favorite characters in Tim Leffel’s latest book, “Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune” (Travelers’ Tales, August 2006).

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.

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About the author: Tom Meyers created and launched EuroCheapo from his Berlin apartment in 2001. He returned to New York in 2002, set up office, and has led the EuroCheapo team from the Big Apple ever since. He travels to Europe several times a year to update EuroCheapo's hotel reviews. Tom is also a co-host of the New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. Email Tom. [Find Tom on Google Plus]

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3 thoughts on “On the road with Goofus and Gallant”

  1. Of course, for some people, the Goofus plan gets you there, while the Gallant one can leave you stranded miles from nowhere….

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  2. Our whole jaunt in New Zealand was planned, to be sure, but. . . we drove, which, by default, makes your journey unpredictable and variant in length. We stopped at some of the most beautiful sites that we saw the huffing and puffing coaches just plow by.

    Our friends are heading to Bordeaux and then off to Nice without a single plan. It’s simply the way to go. Go Galliant.

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