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Imagine: A Vagabond Story Paperback – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.) (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193493853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934938539
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Lingel was born February 16, 1983 in Rochester, New York. He was raised there, in the epitome of suburbia, before moving to Buffalo, New York for college. After four and a half years in university and nearly 23 years in Western New York, Grant decided it was time to head out on the open road. Though his travel experiences had been few and far between growing up, he was raised to be open-minded, curious and questioning of life and the people around him. What he wants to do now that his eyes have been opened to the world is continue the journey. One day he hopes to open hostels and pay forward the warmth and hospitality he always received while abroad. Grant currently lives in Harlem, New York.

More About the Author

Grant Lingel was born February 16, 1983 in Rochester, New York. He was raised there, in the epitome of suburbia, before moving to Buffalo, New York for college. After four and a half years in university and nearly 23 years in Western New York, Grant decided it was time to head out on the open road. As a travel writer and promoter for The Hostel Life and WeHostels, he has traveled, worked, volunteered and vagabonded his way across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, East and Southern Africa and the Caribbean. He currently lives with his wife in Brazil.

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Grant wrote an awesome story that was a very fun book to read.
Jonathan Panzica
This truly is remarkable story about an extremely spur of the moment kind of guy that makes some amazing friendships along the way.
Andrew Hickey
When I read this book, I felt like I was riding shotgun with the author, Grant Lingel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hickey on September 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Grant Lingel was like many lost and confused college graduates that had really no idea where the next chapter of their lives would take them. Being locked away in some dank cubicle for the rest of your life can often times be just as bad as a life sentence in a maximum security prison for people with the travel bug.

Grant decided that he wanted more out of life and by more that meant packing his bags and heading off to Mexico. Sounds crazy right? Well it is, but in a good way. This guy truly is a nomad! Imagine documents his time spent not only in Mexico, but also Belize and Guatemala. Three locales that are filled with great characters Grant meets along the way.

Grant has described the book as "a memoir of sex, drugs, and salsa dancing." This truly is remarkable story about an extremely spur of the moment kind of guy that makes some amazing friendships along the way.

From start to finish I was loving this book. Now while I will not give away any juicy details of Mr. Lingel's escapades that occur quite often throughout the book, I am sure that you will definitely drop your jaw a few times at some of the trouble (both good and bad) he finds himself in. Let's just say it is not every day you find yourself on a beach in the middle of the night with three women. Enough said.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shayndel Park on September 5, 2009
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Who hasn't thought about just packing up and leaving? Not making any reservations... no itinerary. No ticket home. Just you, a one way ticket to a country you've seen only in books and on television, and only a few hundred dollars to sustain you on your journey. Grant Lingel did just that. He left his friends, his parents, and his whole life behind in hopes of finding himself and pushing his limits. Imagine is a story that explores the friendships that can be made when you meet people on the same path as you are, and how those friendships can surpass language barriers through a common interest in travel and adventure. It's a story that shows that in the Vagabond lifestyle, friendships flourish quickly, end abruptly with departure, but the memories are all that truly matter.

Grants adventures through Mexico, Beliz and Guatemala are an inspiration to us all. His bravery to explore the unknown and live with so little is something I truly admire in him. Grant had several run-ins with the Mexican police, many exciting nights with pretty girls and even more amazing adventures in which he explored Central America, made some fleeting friendships and some that will last a lifetime, and got to know himself. If only we were all so brave.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Smyth on September 5, 2009
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This book shares the wisdom and experiences of someone who has obviously seen and explored many things. Wonderfully told with just the right amount of excitement and free will. A must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Marvin on September 5, 2009
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I finished Grant Lingel's book about 3:00 this morning. Needless to say, I couldn't put it down til the end! Mr. Lingel took me away from New York on a journey through Mexico, Belize and Guatamala. I could almost smell the water and trees.
I spent my life working in the cubicle that Lingel avoided, and wished I were somewhere else. He left straight from college without turning back! He leads us through a story that most would wish they had led. You will find friendship, journeys, sex and .....excitement.
I dare anyone to start the book and be able to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nate Damm on January 12, 2011
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I'm so glad that I came across this book. The way Grant tells a story gets you so wrapped up in it that it's hard to put this book down. I read it much quicker than I usually read a book.

As someone who is a month away from leaving on a 9 month trip, Imagine: A Vagabond Story has got me more excited than ever to hit the road.

I highly recommend this book for any current or past long term traveler, or anyone aspiring to throw caution to the wind and start exploring. Read this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janie Dvorsky on December 5, 2009
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IMAGINE is immensely entertaining. Grant Lingel did what I wished I would have done when I was younger, he followed his dream and followed his heart. This book is funny, insightful, descriptive and very entertaining. I love the Yucatan and I love traveling, so this book was perfect for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J. Harder on December 2, 2009
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Fantastic read. I highly recommend it. I was glued in from start to finish. I identified with the author. I, too, have decided I want more out of my life than to dwiddle my thumbs in a cubicle. His story was inspiring and a great read for vagabonds and wanna-be vagabonds. Grant's ability to "go for it" and be open to experiences on the road is something all travelers should live by. Engaging writing and juicy stories. Go for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Panzica on November 30, 2009
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Grant wrote an awesome story that was a very fun book to read. He writes about his adventures, women, fun times, and gives a great description of details. Grant explores Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. The book is not laborious with details but still has enough description of stuff to appreciate and wonder how Grant remembered all of this stuff so detailed to be able to write about it. Grant has a true skill of describing his trip throughout Mexico and Central America. It is also great to read about the friends and relationships Grant made throughout his travels. Grant chooses a very interesting way of life after college different from the standard graduate. I highly recommend this book because it is a great book to read and is the kind of book that makes you not want to set the book down.
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