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My Exile Lifestyle [Kindle Edition]

Colin Wright
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Book Description

My Exile Lifestyle is a memoir made of stories from the life of author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler, Colin Wright.

From his early years as an antisocial geek, to his high-flying career in Los Angeles, to his life as a wandering vagabond, Colin holds nothing back as he talks about love, business, blogging, and culture through tales that span four continents.

In the easy to digest style of storytelling that has made his other work such a success, Colin discusses life on the road and nothing is too taboo. Every epic, embarrassing, and awkward detail is covered with sometimes brutal honesty.

"Wonderful personal glimpse into an extraordinary life!"
-Derek Sivers, Author of Anything You Want and

“Want a completely uncensored tale of what it’s like to live an unconventional location independent lifestyle? Read this book. Whether you're looking to travel, start your own business, or just want to be inspired and entertained, I highly recommend checking out Colin’s new book.”
-Amber Rae, Founder of

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About the Author

Colin Wright is the author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler behind the blog, where he writes for an audience of nearly 2 million readers, on topics ranging from philosophy to publishing, long-term travel to all-in entrepreneurship. He also speaks and teaches workshops internationally, generally on work/lifestyle-balance, the business of being a creative person, branding, modern publishing, and how to do what you love for for a living.

At 24, Colin was running a successful branding studio in Los Angeles and living the 'American Dream,' when he decided that dream wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After scaling down his business and getting rid of everything he owned that wouldn't fit into a carry-on bag, he hit the road and began a lifestyle focused on new experiences and novel perspectives. For over four years, he's moved to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers.

Colin has been featured in an interviewed by hundreds of TV shows, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, blogs, and other media around the world. He's written both fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and is probably one of the biggest book geeks you'll ever meet.

Product Details

  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 3 edition (June 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058DUWHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title July 28, 2012
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Don't let the title and description fool you. The book contains very little discussion on long term travel, serial entrepreneurship or minimalism. It's a collection of (very) short stories, frequently without continuity, of Colin partying and chasing women over four continents. Calling the book My International Playboy Lifestyle would be more honest. The tone is pretentious with the author being thoroughly persuaded about his awesomeness and all attempts at in-depth meditations shallow, despite the comments on "going philosophical". The book contains gems such as How-I-couldn't-sleep-out-my-hangover-because-of-a-windstorm-in-Iceland or How-I-forgot-a-condom-and-couldn't-nail-the-petite-Asian-looking-Argentinian-chick-in-Buenos-Aires (Second "date" with apparently no conversations due to the language barrier, and that's after telling us he's more of a Dagny Taggart than Marilyn Monroe type. Ayn Rand is turning in her grave).

The book's saving grace is the author's lively writing, that can't be denied, hence the two stars. In about ten years, when he grows up and drops the self-important tone, he might write a decent book. As for My Exile Lifestyle, save your money. It's only three dollars, but three wasted dollars, nonetheless.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brisk walk through a great life July 11, 2011
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Colin has created a whirlwind tour of his life through his own eyes, and it is truly magnetic. This is the first book in a long time that I have read in one sitting, and it's not a short one.

First, let me get the negatives out of the way. The book isn't deep, instead skipping across different topics as they come to him. There is a slight organization by topic, but even that feels almost like an afterthought. There are typos, and the grammar sometimes threw me for a loop, having to read it a few times before I understood what he was saying. In all, it feels like he has been writing a journal for the last two years, and he published a few of the more impactful pages together with some exposition about the greater implications of his thoughts and experiences. It all merges into one massive short attention span theater that guides you through what has happened in his life and what is important to him now.

That said, it reads exceptionally well. I can't imagine the book being better if it were written any other way. The grammar gives it a relaxed conversational feel like he is talking to a good friend, and feels like it is written how he genuinely thinks. This is much better than typical over-sterilized memoirs engineered to make people look good. There is a slight level of pretentiousness throughout, but honestly, it's far less than I would expect from a 26 year old who has had so much success leading others through changing their lives.

Throughout the book, he intersperses advice from different points in his life, and each of them is poignant and direct. From personal branding to travel to relationships to experimenting with your own life to find out what is best for you, it's clear that he speaks from experience.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such Promise, Such Self Censorhip July 9, 2011
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At times I really enjoyed this this haphazard attempt at memoir / travel journal, a collection of blog posts, notes, brief observations, diary entries and other shallow reminiscing.
There is plenty of promise and no doubt Colin is leading a life that is interesting to many others. However I was constantly left wanting more than his snippets of stories that hook you in and leave you left hanging wanting to know more.
Efforts to proceed in a linear manner are are largely ignored, not for something more stylish but for ease of writing and and to save time editing.
Colin promises "...stories about the downside of living a `rockstar lifestyle' on the road, the difficulties of mini-relationships while traveling..." and its true that he touches on them, but there is little depth to the discussions, you just get sucked into the story and its suddenly case closed, no more to see. His caveat "It's an understatement to say that I'm incredibly uncomfortable sharing some of the details revealed in this book..." should be a bold warning, there is little depth and deep discussion with the reader.
I wanted to give this another star at least, however I was just so frustrated by the inability to tell the whole story.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars needs editing July 29, 2011
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The topic of perpetual travel is interesting, but the writing is sub-par. This is more of a manuscript than a book, it needs to have an editor go though and weed out all the typos, grammatical mistakes and weird tense changes. Content-wise, this book discusses very little about the topic of "moving to a new country every 4 months based on the votes of his readers" as headlined in the description, it's more of a collection of vignettes about his experiences in college, working, traveling and relationships.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scattered October 12, 2011
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I'm adding a star for Colin's courage in pursuing an unorthodox lifestyle and his willingness to write about it. However, it may be too soon for him to have penned a book. I've never read his blog but this feels like a series of posts, emails, and Facebook commentary smashed into a virtual binding and sealed with a smidgen of snake oil. The intention, according to the introduction, is inspiration for would-be vagabonds and pioneers but the actual content swings wildly from a sort of self-defensive boasting, to dissertations on environments and situations that sound like ungraded English assignments, to MBA-esq evaluations of people and events, to sermonizing on his opinions under the guise of open-minded philosophy. Between the lines I felt potential, and a few sentences might be worth quoting, but on the whole I saw only ego (an excuse to sell one's image). At least, I must give credit, there are no smilies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I discovered that I was as interested in the form of the author's writing as in his travels. Highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Carman E. Cloud
2.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzz..
I really thought this was going to be interesting - a guy who travels the world on the whim of his blog readers is a great idea. It was even recommended by the Minimalists. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Markham
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and enjoyable
A really enjoyable read. It was encouraging to see someone my age take chances and change their life through risky (but brilliant) business decisions, and a love for travel.
Published 6 months ago by Adam Ebanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin lives an incredible life and does a wonderful job of telling his...
Interesting and well-written. Colin lives an incredible life and does a wonderful job of telling his story in a captivating way. A great read and a very inspirational story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Justin Lind
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Colin is my new hero
Loved it! Colin is my new hero!
Published 10 months ago by indigogypsie
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Thoughtful Voice; Interesting Stories
Colin does an amazing job letting you tag along during his travels by pulling you in through short essays, collected and compiled into one of his first books, "My Exile... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally exiled
ONe of the best books i have read... changed my living and got me so liberated from all the conditioning
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Thottan
5.0 out of 5 stars Living and Celebrating Life!
Well done Colin - your thirst to learn and experience has given you a wisdom rarely found in one so young. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Warren_Larkan
5.0 out of 5 stars An ordinary guy doing extraordinary things
I was fortunate to meet Colin in person during SXSW 2013. He is a very down to earth person doing extraordinary things. His book tells that story.
Published 22 months ago by Dharbour60
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Wright is the nonfiction Chuck Palanuik.
This book is an orgy of youthful energy tuned into a book. Colin is old enough to have experiences, and young enough to describe them as fluidly as they happened.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. He moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers, and is the co-founder of Asymmetrical Press.

Colin has been featured through his work and interviews on hundreds of TV stations, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and podcasts, worldwide.

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