I Did It My Way: The Travel Adventures
of Dorothea Bonavito, 1948 – 2000
(284 pages, 6 x 9 inches, paperback,
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Over a span of fifty years, Dot Bonavito visited more than 100 countries and wrote over 100 detailed trip letters home to family and friends. This book exists because Dot documented her travel adventures — in a carefully guarded and organized archive of trip letters, itineraries, photos, and travel mementos.
Imagine over 800 pages of hand-typed letters, dusty and faded, on air-mail onion-skin paper or hotel stationery. Dot never used a computer, not even an electric typewriter. We found some of the first Kodak Kodachrome color photos, like the one of Dot on Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, in 1947. One folder was stuffed with travel stickers and decals – from the days when hotels put these on your suitcases and trunks.
Without Dot’s trip letters, there would be no book to document the adventures of Aunt Dot and to remember a remarkable woman who married her Uncle Sam. The U.S. Foreign Service gave Dot the life of independence and foreign adventures that she craved.
Enjoy Dot’s travel adventures.