Travel author to give seminar on exotic trips for Americans rTC

December 03, 1996|By Katherine Marks | Katherine Marks,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Maryland native Jeannette Belliveau recently wrote what she feels is a different sort of travel book to help Americans better understand their travels to exotic countries.

"An Amateur's Guide to the Planet," tries to provide a growing number of traveling Americans with lessons they can learn about Belliveau's 12 trips. She'll give a mini-seminar on adventure travel at Borders Books and Music at Snowden Square in Columbia's Owen Brown village at 7: 30 p.m. today.

"A huge number of us are going to places only Marco Polo went to. A regular high school education doesn't prepare you for anything you will see in China," Belliveau said.

Her book delves into such diverse subjects as Japanese morality and Brazilian voodoo ceremonies. It details Belliveau's travels to six continents from 1985 to 1995 and is based on her extensive travel diaries and 15 months of research. Belliveau said she read 600 periodicals and books to help her better explain her journeys.

She will present historical maps and give out a list of resources to plan similar trips.

Pub Date: 12/03/96

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