"A revolutionary insight into the mindset of the modern traveler. Full of fascinating stories of adventure that don’t hold back on the darker aspects of the reality of wanderlust." –Levison Wood, author of Walking the Nile
"A fascinating account of an extreme, obsessive travel subculture and a brilliant young con man who fleeced its members while masquerading as an upper crust English billionaire. This book is essential reading for anyone with terminal wanderlust (like me) and those who puzzle over our psychology." —Richard Grant, author of American Nomads
Dave Seminara, himself an esteemed collector of passport stamps, has assembled a tale almost too delicious to be true. Part globe-hopping adventure (across seven continents), part detective story (on the trail of a posh, Ripley-esque scammer), and part examination of the murky world of obsessive travelers (seeking immortality via their own slice of terra incognita), this book reads like a missing season of Parts Unknown in which Anthony Bourdain visits a dozen Fyre Festivals. –Mark Adams, author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
"This is a book about the crackheads of travel. The obsessives. The compulsive. The people with a problem. Normal people take their vacations in Cancun. Or Italy. Or Tahiti. And then there are the weirdos who pencil in a week in Mogadishu. Or a grueling trip to an obscure island in the Chukchi Sea. Seminara's tale isn't about geography. It's about the obsession that drives people to the ends of the Earth." –J. Maarten Troost, author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
"Mad Travelers is a strange and delightful tale. William Baekeland, a swindler and world traveler extraordinaire with an honest case of wanderlust, is masterfully dissected. By the end, I was examining my own rambles with a fresh perspective. Take this book on your next long flight--preferably to someplace way, way off the beaten path." –Noah Stryker, author of Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World
"This madcap, hard-to-put-down tale gets to the heart of the big question: why do we travel? And why are some people so wild with wanderlust? Dave Seminara’s wonderfully written tome detailing the untamed lust for travel is a superb story to get lost in." —David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town.
"Dave Seminara has written a gripping detective story that is also a fascinating history of, and meditation on, the powerful attraction of travel." –Thomas Swick, author of The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them
"A fascinating and hilarious look at the weird and wonderful world of extreme wanderlust, providing an insight not only into our out-of-control modern era but also the human condition -- the deep, haunting restlessness that can both inspire and ruin us." –Tony Perrottet, author of The Sinner's Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe