In 2012, I flew over 120,000 miles. That’s over 5 times around the world. Half the distance to the moon. Twenty-four round trips from here to San Francisco. I can’t even remember all the states I saw in that year. Well, aside from Oklahoma. I was really excited about Oklahoma.
But I was impressed when I saw Adam Shepard’s book One Year Lived. I was given an advance copy of the book, and read about how he traveled for 12 months non-stop, tackling 17 countries, and all for $20k. Granted, it isn’t the free travel we are used to, but he lived a year traveling on less than my rent.
If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he wrote a previous book, Scratch Beginnings, where he went to North Carolina with $25 in his pocket, attempting to succeed without disclosing his college education or using any contacts. I actually read that book previously and enjoyed it, which is why I agreed to read this book.
The book isn’t a how-to-do-this-all-for-$20k sort of a book, but more of a “how my trip went” narrative. It’s written in an engaging way, and frequent travelers would get a laugh at some of his mistakes. Note: Always do your research!
Ontario, Can is very different from Ontario, CA. You don’t want to bring your snowshoes and end up needing sunglasses! He makes a worse error but makes do with it.
I appreciate whenever he admitted he acted like a, well, an ignorant tourist (my words) in another country, but I admit I cringed each time, and a couple more times where I don’t think he considered himself one.
But I wore blue jeans in a Russian cathedral. I reached across a large table to pass butter to an important person in the Czech Republic. I insisted on speaking Spanish in Mexico (never let me do this again). So, we all make mistakes.
But the thing that really touched me about his book is how many random memories made it in. His pronunciation of frijoles. Eating termites. And a tomato toe remedy. It really is the little things.
And that’s why I remember Oklahoma so clearly. We stopped at the Original Pie Shop and I bit into a delicious deep-fried slice of coconut cream pie. Who knew that exit 51 off I-35 would be so delicious?
So I want to know, what is the little thing that really stands out in your mind from your travels over the last year? If you leave a comment, I’ll send you a free e-copy of his book through 5pm ET this Wednesday (4/24/2013).
And if you missed the free book give away, my overall assessment is sometimes I want to shake him for being a little too arrogant, and a little too unaware of his surroundings, but overall, it was an easy, entertaining and engaging read. (e alliteration unintentional 😉 )
Please note that when you click through to amazon from my site, I receive a small commission. This review is without compensation other than receiving a copy of the book ahead of time. That did not influence my decision to write about it (other than learning it existed 😛 ) and I have been sent other books I have not reviewed.
*note: my original post showed extremely poor knowledge of geometry 😀