LIFE IS A TRIP is a mesmerizing read for all who are interested in cultural travel, whether they are sitting in armchairs or hitting the road.

In LIFE IS A TRIP, Judith Fein takes readers on l4 exotic journeys where she learns from other cultures new and transformative approaches to family discord, death, success, fear, faith, forgiveness and overcoming trauma.

LIFE IS A TRIP is an immensely entertaining and surprising book. Here is what the experts are saying about it:


Life is a Trip. Judith Fein’s globetrotting adventures remind us that we travel to be changed, in big ways and small. This book is immensely readable, steeped in a spirit of connecting with place, with each other, and with our inner selves. Get a massage in Vietnam, travel the land of the witches, and meet the High Priest of the ancient Israelite Samaritans. You’re in the hands of a writer who has a keen eye and a singular voice.

Keith Bellows

National Geographic Traveler

From irreverence, reverence. That’s the magic of Judith Fein’s writing. Her unconventional view of the world and her grand sense of curiosity open doors to new adventures and understanding, allowing us to look deeply into the differences that keep the word fascinating and the similarities that keep us unified. “Life Is a Trip” is a journey of the heart, soul and mind, and we are much the better for it.

Catharine M. Hamm, 
Travel Editor, Los Angeles Times

“In LIFE IS A TRIP, Judith Fein provides a mouth-watering feast of journeys, from Mexico to Micronesia, and from Vietnam to the splendors of Istanbul. Fein’s writing is as honed as the sharpest knife edge, her eye for detail one which many a writer would give their front teeth to match. She deserves great success with this book, not only because of its extraordinary sensitivity, but because it illuminates many lands in a new and remarkable way, from the inside out.”

Tahir Shah
Author of The Caliph’s House, In Arabian Nights

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Life is a TripJudith Fein is an award-winning international travel journalist who lives to leave.  She resided for more than ten years in Europe and North Africa and has a passion for adventures that are exotic, authentic, quirky, historic and immersed in local culture. She has written travel articles for more than 90 magazines, newspapers and internet sites, including The L.A. Times, National Geographic Traveler, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Sierra, the Utne Reader, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Travel Age West Magazine (for travel agents), Robb Report, Art and Antiques, Intermezzo, Continental, The Denver Post, New Mexico Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Executive Traveler, Dreamscapes, TravelandLeisure.com, Just For Canadian Doctors, Hadassah Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Organic Spa, Native Peoples, Islands, MSN/UK, AAA Traveler, The Christian Science Monitor, ConsumerTraveler.com.  Read More About Judith Fein

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