"Murphy's journeys are addicting. Travel Unscripted weaves a narrative that will compel travelers to create truly authentic experiences in every corner of the world. This is Mark Murphy magic!"
"Whether he's being peppered with fireworks, subjected to squirming insectoid cuisine, or experiencing an involuntary mud massage in the Dead Sea from an enthusiastic woman, Mark Murphy is unflappable in his excitement and interest. His love of travel and his willingness to see the world at a moment's notice made Travel Unscripted magazine a success, and the Travel Unscripted website one of the earliest adopters of video content in its field.
Travel Unscripted chronicles the trials and tribulations of his career, peppered with anecdotes and insights galore about both their improvised film process and the quirks involved in obtaining that footage in some of the most beautiful and foreign places on Earth.
From his childlike wonder at the marvels of Japanese toiletry to his grotesque and hilarious description of StinkyTofu, Murphy provides a friendly and personable voice, offering a playful counterpoint to the detailed recaps of his many adventures overseas. And despite the lovely photography and far-flung locales, it's Murphy that sells the book, and he does so with a winsome smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
While the frustrations of travel and interaction with overly-involved officials are mentioned, they don't bog down the book; instead, Murphy focuses on the on-the-fly solutions he and his crew conjure, as well as the weird and wonderful moments that make each trip memorable. (His quest to find a talking sheep in order to fulfill a promise made to his daughter was probably my favorite anecdote of the entire book, not a choice so easily winnowed-down.)
Complete with video links for all of the adventures he describes -- embedded in the eBook version! -- Travel Unscripted deftly straddles the fence between personal travelogue and guidebook to the countries that made these adventures so noteworthy.
In short, Travel Unscripted is a love letter to travel and a thoroughly enjoyable read."
"Absolutely. Hands down. HILARIOUS. Mark Murphy is ridiculously crazy, but it's fantastic. He's not afraid to try something new or different! That's awesome. When it comes to traveling, you need an open mind to truly grasp new cultures and concepts, and Murphy does just that, which is probably why he is so successful at what he does. It's like he has no comfort zone. He's up for anything. Travel stories. Who doesn't love them? Now mix in crazy foods, exotic places, and a camera man who can't seem to catch a break. It's great. All true experiences. All unscripted. Perfect."
"A globetrotting producer chronicles his misadventures while filming unscripted videos from around the world. Former ad man Murphy founded the video production company Travalliance Media on a straightforward premise: head to the airport with a small crew, arrive at the destination and wing it. Naturally, when someone's job relies on spontaneity and chance, things are occasionally bound to go wrong. And that's where Murphy turns his capricious lens: to the often humiliating and uncomfortable struggle to get the perfect shot. Available as both an interactive e-book and traditional paperbound edition with supplemental photos and online videos, Murphy's Bourdainian journeys take him to more than 20 locations, including Dublin, Tel Aviv and Moscow, as well as aboard America's Grand Luxe train line. He and his companions try and fail to explore the seedy side of Bangkok, dodge piles of donkey dung in a downhill race to catch a boat in Greece, inadvertently go clubbing with a group of young Vietnamese women and try to avoid one aggressive tour guide after another. The stories vary in entertainment value, but most of them feel incomplete, too safe and anecdotal to be fully engaging. While in Vegas for a television appearance that never happens, Murphy devotes most of a chapter to mocking a drunken man he finds asleep in his hotel hallway. Aside from trying to stir the man, nothing much happens and Murphy ends the section with a bit of characteristic cheese: "It seemed pretty clear to me that this particular experience would 'stay in Vegas.'" The author throws around puns (about the Chinese god of fireworks: "Zhu Rongs do not make a right") and makes ample Murphy's Law jokes. Some readers will be drawn in by this depiction of a germophobic 40something dude who still makes potty jokes, flirts with young foreign ladies and describes his travel-workout regimen in full detail. On the other hand, Murphy's cool-dad tone (he references Bowie, Glenn Miller and the fact that he owns both an iPhone and an iPad) makes for a charming if infrequently obnoxious traveling companion. More memoir than travelogue, Murphy's collection of escapades offers an interesting exposé of an unusual job"
"There are those who love to travel, and those who LIVE to travel. Very few are able to perfectly articulate both scenarios, on paper and in person. Mark is one of the authors who's presence we highly anticipate, and who's advice we value. If you can't get there in person, Mark can definitely take you there just as well--mentally!"
De Book --- Travel Unscripted ---- A seam buster!
I saw & met you at the Las Vegas Expo ---- I finished De Book -- Travel Unscripted -- this morning after two days of rip-roaring, loud, hysterical laughter as I read along each mind-boggling, sometimes downright scary, but always hillarious---we-all-have-thought-before-but-never-spoke-of-it---characterizations of trips into little known or unknown lands and cultures. My husband thought I was nuts as I read and roared (me---comprehending your tongue and cheek-because I identified from experience, your experience---I hope you get that!!)
As an almost 15 year flight attendant and now travel agent, let it be known that there are whack jobs wherever you go --- there are of course, wonderful people as well, once you sift through all the koo-koo-birds. The sifting is well worth it when you get to meet those quality peeps in those quality locations, we, as travel agents find to send people to, or go ourselves just because we love the interest that life has to offer us all over this lovely planet. No real reason other than that - just the intrigue pulling us toward a more sensual place!
My goals are lofty, Travel Unscripted, Travel Tribe, Power Agent, and the wonderful supporting travel mags, and my enthusiasm for the challenge of helping people de-stress because I took over the reigns (as their travel agent --- by eliminating their hair-pulling experiences of their own online travel booking and the expensive errors and layovers !) makes me know, with no uncertainty, that I have chosen the right path -- or shall I say "journey"!
Take the fun and humor out of it all and it would be too hum-drum and boring (I too am a type-A with an insatiable appetite for fun, food, travel, writing, and documentation of all that either in the form of book creating or videos of same).
Ahhh --- to be creative and looking for the next fun place to do just that! My cup-o-tea!
Anyway, just wanted to send you a note (I'm taking a break from my river cruise webinar and exam) to let you know I loved the book & will check out the videos (front of book---but not sure they are needed you described them all so well! LOL) as soon as I can --- probably in between some testing!
Watch for me, now --- I'll be the crazy Sicilian on those river cruises I booked with 10 or more or somewhere in Italy eating and drinking wine. Feel free to pull up a chair anytime --- you will always be welcome, and I promise no baby ducks, weird shell-fish that smells like a sewer, no BS (well, maybe a little -- I am Sicilian!) --- just good food, good wine and lots laughter! Okay with you?
Somehow, I think that might work for ya!
I heard you speak and about your book at Cruise 360 and bought it for my Kindle. I am loving it! I have told so many people about your great sense of adventure, humor and even bravery in the face of exotic food and drink and other mis-adventures! I have shared many passages and spent many minutes laughing to the point of almost hysteria! I have purchased several as gifts and shared the title with several of my colleagues as I find that it is also a great educational tool. Thank you for sharing your exploits and knowledge with those of us who aren't brave enough, or don't have the time and resources to do as you do!
Unique, unusual and unscripted stories that make and adventure out of any trip... A super fun read...
I never read a book with videos embedded in it before and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed doing so with Mark Murphy's account of some of his travels and how he built his company. "Travel Unscripted" is a very good title because recording candid and off-the-cuff experiences while traveling to new and exciting (and sometimes very exotic) places is what this book is about. There are 19 embedded videos of varying lengths in the book, some of which I liked very much and others not so much.
My three favorite videos were the riverboat excursion on the Rhine in Germany, Masada, the Dead Sea, and the Judean mountains in Israel, and the search for Buddy the sheep in Ireland. I was able to see the beautiful scenery with its riverside old cities and fantastic castles on the mountains as if I were really there and I loved it. It was different for me to watch the video set in Israel since I had climbed to Masada (hint: always climb before dawn so you can watch the sun rise over the Judean hills) and floated (it's impossible to swim) in the Dead Sea many times but I have never been to the top of the Judean mountains nor gone into an "air-conditioned" cave, so seeing that gave me a real thrill. Both the story behind the search for and finding of Buddy the sheep was simply charming, and Buddy -- when found -- was absolutely adorable. I could imagine my own daughters when they were small, acting just like Mark's little girl and that gave me the warm fuzzies.
It was a real pleasure for me to read a book and find no grammatical errors or typos at all. Mark's writing is very easy to read and, for the most part, keeps up a steady pace throughout the book. I am not personally bothered by coarse language and that is a good thing as the "F" word is very liberally used. Mark writes the way I imagine he talks, with a rather brash style but I liked it and felt like he was speaking directly to me. I found that reading and viewing this book to be a lot of fun. I must admit, however, that some of the more exotic foods that were seen and or described, really turned my stomach. On the other hand, it really says a lot about the level of realism in the book that caused me to react so strongly. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and viewing "Travel Unscripted" and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants an exciting preview of different places to travel.