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an armchair traveler

One who speaks authoritatively about traveling despite not traveling often. Don't let him discourage you when he's just an armchair traveler who's never been out of the country!
See also: armchair, traveler
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

an armchair something

An armchair critic, fan, traveller, etc. is interested in a particular subject and may talk about it, but does not have any real experience of it. The last thing we need are words of wisdom from an armchair critic. This great book is ideal for both the travelling supporter and the armchair fan.
See also: armchair, something
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

an armchair critic, traveller, etc.

a person who knows about a subject only from what they have heard or read and not from personal experience: He’s what you might call an ‘armchair traveller’, having never actually been outside Europe.
See also: armchair
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Color and b&w historical and contemporary photos and maps are included on every page for the armchair traveler. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
As informative as it is inherently fascinating, "Cruising the Latin Tapestry" is very highly recommended for armchair traveler reading lists and community library collections.
Armchair Traveler embraces virtual travel from the easy chair through a myriad of special 3-D effects, including the stereoscope and stereographs, as well as View-Masters with their accompanying reels.
His publishing house in Seattle, Chin Music Press, has just published its first book, Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan, a collection of essays by Japanese and Western writers that takes the armchair traveler past the temples and tourist sites and into the mind of Japan.
Ross's well-informed text vividly to life and spark wanderlust in the armchair traveler who longs for firsthand contact with a part of the world, which--to many Europeans, Americans and Asians may still not be as well known as it deserves to be.
On the other hand, it was a unique journey through one of the least-described areas on Earth, one that will be relished by the armchair traveler. For school and public adult collections.
Among the activities are dance moves divided into decades, ancient fashions, cake decorating basics,recycling challenge, interview skills, forensic fun, phone photography or movie contest, an hour of code, and armchair traveler movie night.
GREAT ESCAPES packs in discussions and oversized color photos of over seventy getaways around the world for all seasons, and is a fine coffee table addition or armchair traveler's guide for any travel collection.
In late December your energy explodes, so you finally lose the excuses and become something other than an armchair traveler. Arrangements for foreign trips might be daunting, but traveling with a group will ease the burden.
Chapters offer different focuses on atmosphere and rate countries by different approach, so there's plenty of variety and much to love, whether you're an armchair traveler or, more likely, a destination-oriented reader looking for tips on where to go.
Synopsis: Within the pages of this second volume of "Forbidden Places", the armchair traveler can visit the inside of the legendary Battersea Power Station in London, a sublime abandoned villa in Tuscany, forgotten thermal baths in Spain, a deserted workers' village from the Italian cotton industry, a dilapidated hospital in New York City, an amusement park shut down in Bali, Antwerp's spectacular stock exchange, rusting helicopters in Belgium, and more, all through the captioned photography of Sylvain Margaine.
Though there is a brief introduction and a few snippets of text, by and large the pictures speak for themselves in this armchair traveler's delight.
This audiobook format is ideal for the 'armchair traveler' and a simply wonderful 'hands free' guide for on-site visitors as the narration covers details far beyond the 'highlights only' superficiality of many ordinary guidebooks.
It's difficult to know where best to review SPOKEN HERE: TRAVELS AMONG THREATENED LANGUAGES: as a travelogue it holds much to attract leisure armchair traveler audiences; as a linguistics coverage it invites the attention of college-level English majors.