The best laid plans: journeying around Western Canada

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
The Best Laid Plans is a valuable guide to Western Canada and an entertaining and humorous piece of travel writing. It gives useful tips but it contains more than that. It is full of interesting people, wildlife encounters, strange eating experiences, sudden plan changes, little-known facts, all written in a humorous and engaging style. Great for travellers or for those who like a good story. More
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About Chris Jones

Chris Jones is the manager of a public library in New South Wales, Australia. He has written for library journals, newsletters and created scripts for drama productions. He has also been writing unpublished works for a number of years.

He likes to look at the world from different angles, loves the written word, sometimes wonders if he will ever really understand people and has a good sense of humour.

The Best Laid Plans is his first published book.

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Anna Gram reviewed on July 16, 2011

I was in fits of giggles the first night I sat up way too late reading this book. The footnotes and side stories are a hoot. A warm and inviting tale with humour that is sly and dry. Conveys the travellers' wonder and joy of discovery, the excitement of the unexpected and the gentle amusement to be found when plans go awry.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
bmogle reviewed on July 14, 2011

I really enjoyed the book - I particularly loved all the 'interesting' words - it had me flicking back and forth to the list at the back! Lots of fun.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Audrey Semon reviewed on July 13, 2011
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This travel book will spur you on to make that trip to Western Canada and along the way, you will enjoy the journey with a self confessed lover of words - ranging from the colloquial to the erudite. The author also allows readers a generous peek into his lifestyle and wide-ranging interests.

There is some very helpful information about planning trips – the why, where, and how to, ideas which drive the structure of our travels. Without indulging in schadenfreude it’s always a relief to know that other people don’t always achieve the perfect itinerary either. The trick is not to focus on the mishaps (although they do make good stories afterwards) and enjoy the wonderful privilege of new experiences.

The Icefields Parkway will definitely go on my bucket list and surprisingly, so will the Shorepine Bog Trail. I never thought I would want to go anywhere near a bog but after reading Chris’s description I have a new perspective.

The very title “The Best Laid Plans” indicates that this will be a “warts and all” account of what turned out to be a wonderful journey to see animals, unknown in Australia, in their natural habitat of stunning scenic splendour. The pleasure and excitement of Chris and Kate’s encounters with brown bears, otters and many other wild creatures is a joy to read. The author’s observations on human encounters also make interesting reading.

So I’m going to start planning for my trip to Vancouver, the Rockies and Vancouver Island. Why did I leave it until I’m so old I need to go with a tour group? Better late than never!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Michelle Mashman reviewed on July 11, 2011

This book is highly recommended for those with a sense of humour as well as the absurd - and it doesn't hurt either if you have a fascination with obscure West Canadian wildlife and words less often used. This is an entertaining and thoughtful book by a writer who not only shows he has a true joy of life but a joy of words as well. It is a well written book, full of funny anecdotes which relate the good as well as the bad of a fabulous trip.It offers good advice for the traveller with Canada in their sights and for those with a sense of adventure. Plans which go awry sometimes do provide the most memorable highlights and amusing tales from a holiday, and Chris Jones captures this very well. Wry insights add to the pleasure of the book.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Patricia Puddle reviewed on July 7, 2011

I would love to visit Canada one day, so I bought this travel book. Plus the title and cover grabbed my attention. I was so glad I did because this story is much more than a travel log or diary, it's full of humour and extremely well written. The chapter about Grizzly bears was wonderful and I loved reading about this couple's ups and downs throughout their travels. Well worth the money. I recommend it to anyone travelling to Canada or anywhere else in the world.
The humour will keep you laughing right to the very end and there are so many links to check out all through the book. Good value.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
mf reviewed on June 20, 2011

The best laid plans kept me reading and chuckling late into the night. So who reads travelogues half the night? Well, me obviously... but this one was highly entertaining. I'm sure you'll enjoy it even if you don't feel the need to track down a single elusive animal possibly lurking in an obscure corner of Western Canada or eat oversized meals of dubious quality. Read it - if only for the opportunity to extend your vocabulary in unexpected ways!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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