This book wants to make you more adventurous and confident when you travel on your own.
Read more about how below, or go straight to where you can get the book.
It’s about traveling alone on three different journeys. None include lazing on a beach. These are trips you go on to learn both about the world and about yourself.
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In which a cyclone gives the book as well as a number of tin roofs in Fiji a flying start. There’s a lot of screaming, but in the end everything turns out just fine. As it almost always does.
Later we learn how the author is surprised by how he ends up traveling the world, after first going through a childhood in which travel was no joy. Before we take off in the first real chapter, we discuss whether traveling really can serve any purpose. (Spoiler: It does!)
In which the author backpacks aimlessly through the southern-most part of both Chile and Argentina, commonly known as Patagonia. Suddenly he discovers a way to get to Antarctica without running the risk of being put forward in the media as a polar explorer.
Of course he leaps at the opportunity.
This part of the book includes penguins.
In which we go to Southern Africa because it is on our list of things to do before turning 30.
Starting and ending in Cape Town, there’s a lot in between. Elke the Brute, the howling skunkbutt cockroach and a fearless pilot apprentice contributes generously in enlivening the tale.
In which we spend a month getting from Vladivostok to Moscow, getting it all backwards.
It turns out all tourists travel in the other direction, so most of this month is spent isolated in the company of 147 million Russians. Ten thousand kilometers turn out to be an even longer distance than we imagined.
Making plentiful stops in places like Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yekateringburg and Kazan unburdens the mind a lot.
In which we try to convinces you that the journeys in this book can be done by anyone who think they are able to do so and most of those who don’t. This probably includes you. We tackle all kinds of arguments against traveling, such as:
You’ll also find a collection of useful and mostly legal tips and tricks for traveling frugally.
Clearly, you should get going sooner rather than later. And reading this book will get you started.
Actually, you even just reading this probably means that you have already started. Now continue!
For tree: If you want a carbon-based physical copy of the book, you can head over to Lulu and get one there. This option isn’t free, because a tree has to die and someone actually must process that tree in order for your copy to be made. Sorry about that. The tree, I mean.
For free: Download using the buttons below. You can download the book in it’s entirety in all formats, but in PDF you can also download just one of the three main chapters.
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