A new travel memoir from Watchung author and travel agent aims to excite and entertain readers, inspiring them to travel the globe and experience the people, cultures, food and history that have shaped their world. In Go Dat Way and Go Dere: Around the World in Fifty Years, by Gary Loupassakis, readers are invited on a global journey through the lens of the expertise gained by the author’s 50-year career in the travel industry.
One would never think that someone in a war zone would be bitten by the travel bug, but that’s exactly what happened to Gary Loupassakis’s father while serving his country overseas during the Second World War. When he returned home, he began taking his family on vacations along the East Coast, and eventually throughout the entire country and the Caribbean. Unwittingly, he passed on the travel bug to his son, Gary.
In a travel memoir that includes vivid photographs, Gary shares entertaining stories and images from his life, beginning with his childhood, and then as he worked as a travel agent and toured the world from 1959 until 2021, visiting sixty-five countries on six continents—and still counting. While detailing his adventures, Gary offers fascinating insight gathered through five decades about the cultures, traditions, and tourist attractions of other countries that include Egypt, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, Switzerland, South Africa, Greece, and many more. Go Dat Way and Go Dere: Around the World in Fifty Years is a travel memoir that details the many journeys of a seasoned American travel agent as he embarked on a fifty-year tour of the world.
The book is available online in softcover, hardcover, and e-book formats.
Gary Loupassakis grew up in a small town in central New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Kean University. A travel agent since 1967, he has extensively traveled the world for the past fifty years. Go Dat Way and Go Dere: Around the World in Fifty Years is his first book.