PRODUCT REVIEW: Off Track Planet—the ultimate travel guide

Move over Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodors. There’s a new travel guide in town with tips for the things that really matter to Globosexuals: sex, health and travel—and on a budget too.   

Off Track Planet (OTP) is a blog-turned-travel guide that targets the “young, sexy and broke,” or those 18 to 30-year-olds who push the limits and want to have as much fun as possible before growing up and settling in 9-to-5 jobs.

The guide, now in its 4th edition, will be available at Barnes & Noble beginning in January 2012.    

On top of offering exciting travel destinations and activities like jungle backpacking in Malaysia or whitewater rafting in Colombia, OTP offers, uhem, practical advice—like how to get laid in India, curing hangovers the Mexican way, and keeping your genitals healthy. And yes, break up with your significant other before setting off on your sure to be life changing adventure.

OTP has fundamental backpacking tips like preventing and defending yourself against theft, eating healthy on the road, essential medical supplies to carry, and how to look less like a hobo when traveling for months on end.    

The tips can easily be applied to any country, as it solves the obstacles of a true backpacking experience. The guides are particularly useful for backpackers already on the road as they can offer creative detours of where to go and what to do if you’re in the area. And the OTP website can be accessed from anywhere in the world—provided you have internet access.

Even if you haven’t traveled or if your traveling days are momentarily behind you, the guide will inspire you to pack a bag and flee the country. The guide is extremely fun to read because of OTP’s raw and blunt writing style. To read it is to be transformed to a late, drunken night in some obscure bar in a foreign land with a gaggle of new-found friends or the floor of some couch surfer’s living room trading traveling mishaps and drinking cheap local wine. These strangers’ wisdom was always far more useful than anything Lonely Planet or Fodor’s guide could offer.

While the articles are helpful and fun to read, you will still need a map—so maybe don’t toss out your traditional guide book just yet. This is a magazine-size guide, which is best used as a reference to prepare yourself before going on your trip or inspire you to go to a particular country. It’s more of a Condé Nast Traveler for the debaucherous adventurer.

In one issue you will find articles about several countries, so if you’re simply going to one, the mag will not be sufficient to get you around. And remember, OTP is targeted to thrifty, younger travelers, so if you’re over the whole hostel thing, read it, reminisce and be grateful you can now afford hotels.

Either way, grab a copy, let your imagination wander and start making travel plans for the new year. For starters, here’s a list of 10 places to have sex around the world.  Already been there, done that?

– JD

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