PBS host takes readers along on his travels

PBS host takes readers along on his travels

Joseph Rosendo’s globe-trotting adventures have brought television viewers breathtaking vistas, astonishing wildlife encounters, and cultural experiences with local inhabitants on the Emmy-winning PBS series, “Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope.” His goal is to give a taste of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and demonstrate the value of opening our minds and senses to the world around us.

And now, he has assembled a written collection of his favorite expeditions and added new reflections and insights in his latest book, “Musings – The Short Happy Pursuit of Pleasure and Other Journeys.” The stories about travel and life’s other enjoyable pursuits cover decades of Rosendo’s travel observations, offering how-to tips on bargaining, packing, planning, and other nuts-and-bolts travel topics. Other stories are less solidly connected to travel as an activity, and explore topics such as his childhood adventures, his Cuban grandparents, his brunch-conquering brother, and other so on.

Rosendo reveals his secrets for happy travels and a happy life, noting, “We should keep our sense of humor and be as adaptable as possible. And we should never, ever isolate ourselves from the experience and just observe — sightsee — from a place apart.”

He said he hopes his stories in his book (available from Amazon) will inspire readers to commit to what’s happening in the moment and relish the good, the bad and the ugly of it. “’May you live all the days of your life,’” author Jonathan Swift once said. “And,” Rosendo adds, “may you savor the journey along the way.”

A four-time Emmy-winning director and host, Rosendo has been a travel journalist and broadcaster since 1980. Since 2007, he has hosted, directed and written “Travelscope.” He’s the consulting editor for DK Eyewitness Travel Guides’ “Where To Go When and Where To Go When – the Americas,” and is the author of “Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles.”

Joseph Rosendo at a lighthouse on the Atlantic coast of Maine.