SmarterTravel Pick of the Day: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

An unbelievable true story captured in a heart-pounding, suspenseful, travel memoir.

What Is It: A fascinating book about what it was like to backpack around China immediately after they opened to independent tourists. This true memoir takes place in 1986, and has an unbelievable plot twist that will keep you hooked.

Why It’s Smart:

• True story

• The perfect book to read on a plane or train ride—it will keep you engrossed

• Available for Kindle or in paperback

• Compelling writing style

Where to Buy: The book is available on Amazon.

(Photo: Grand Central Publishing)

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "Earplugs. A good pair has saved my sleep and sanity many times!"

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.

Travel Motto: "Don't be boring."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle (when the first class private suite isn't available)."

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