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No Baggage

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The Project

A travel memoir (No Baggage, Running Press, 2016) based on a viral article entitled “The Craziest OKCupid Date Ever” which was read by over half a million people. No Baggage has been translated into 14 languages and attracted major national and international attention, with coverage in the New York TimesUSA Today, Elle, and Glamour  and appearances on the BBC, Radio Q, The View and Fox News. The book has been optioned for a feature film by New Line.


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The Story

Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage. 

The story resonates with adventurers and homebodies alike—it’s at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? 


Foreign Editions

In addition to English editions in the US, UK, Australian and Canadian markets, No Baggage is available in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, and Serbia and as an English audio book.


Side by Side

A collection of baggage-less moments ranging from the Atacama Desert to the Arctic Circle.



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