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Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence, and True Self-Knowledge [Kindle Edition]

Janice Holly Booth
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Book Description

Magnetically written by former CEO of a North Carolina Girl Scout Council and award winning CEO for the Western New York chapter of a national arts-in-education organization, this uniquely engaging travel journal describes four keys to unlocking personal and spiritual fulfillment: solitude, introspection, courage, and commitment. Through a series of compelling travel essays and deeply thoughtful memoirs, Janice Booth draws readers into each adventure—ranging from a solo hike through Northern California to galloping across the fields of Ireland to a short stint with the Circus Arts learning the flying trapeze—and shares her secrets to a fuller life through traveling alone. Step by step, she demonstrates why leaving everything—and everyone—behind for a few days (or more!) is the best path to inner strength, confidence, and true self-knowledge.


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“One of the most fascinating and exciting travel books of recent months…For anyone who has dreamed of hitting the road alone, this book could be the ultimate inspiration. As Ms. Booth proves, anything is possible if we dare to take chances.” –Florida Weekly

About the Author

Janice Holly Booth was born in British Columbia, but has lived in the U.S. since 1985. She is an award-winning non-profit CEO, a best-selling author, an international speaker, a lifelong equestrienne and full-on Adventurista. 

While Janice raised millions of dollars for good causes in her 20 year non-profit career, what she's most proud of is her new work inspiring audiences around the world to step out of their ruts and into a new definition of living. In her entertaining and lively presentations, she shares some of life's most profound epiphanies discovered the hard way over more than decade of solo travel.  A self-proclaimed "klutz," she had to overcome many fears in her quest for adventure, not the least of which was a fear of heights and the edge.  But the edge is exactly what she committed to exploring and in doing so learned some important lessons that transformed not just her life but the way she lives it.

Janice currently lives in North Carolina where - between adventures -- she is working on a new book.   


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Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426207336
  • Publisher: National Geographic (February 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPZ4GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Robyn
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A compelling, told-from-the-heart, honest and witty gem. For those of us who don't want to let fear win and embrace instead the power of saying yes, this is book is our friend.
Whether racing down the beach in Costa Rica on the back of a wild-at-heart horse, rappelling in the canyons of Utah, hiking alone in the foggy forests of Northern California, Janice demonstrates how to face fear and find our inner courage. She reveals how through travelling in solitude, we are forced to spend time getting to know who we really are through introspection, ultimately making a commitment to living the life of our dreams. Each chapter ends with excellent exercises, easily incorporated into our daily lives, allowing us to "flex the muscle of courage," building solitude and introspection into our daily lives.
Our modern, discomfort-averse society is contrasted to other cultures, which build tests of courage into ritualized rites of passage. She quotes a Chinese proverb, "The gem cannot be perfected without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
That is why this book is a must-read for all but is especially going on my gift list for my young adult children, so they may begin their journey sooner rather than later. - Robyn, Occupational Therapist
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey Starts Within Yourself March 10, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For many the thought of traveling alone might be a real turnoff. Yet, in Janice Holly Booth's new book she shares her travel experiences with humor, humanity and insight. This book is a journey into self discovery and conquering fears. I'm sure many who read it will relate to it in a variety of ways.

For me, I think back to the time back in the day when all four of my friends turkeyed out from a long planned trip to California. I decided to still go on my own. It turned out to be one of the best trips of my life! Without a schedule, I did what I wanted when I wanted to and had a great deal of time to sort out a lot of the things going on in my life at the time.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with a quest for adventure and finding more inner peace. Janice Holly Booth is a superb writer that keeps the reader involved in this very personal account of how her quest to experience new places and adventure truly changed her soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the plunge and read this book! May 14, 2012
By sonya
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I will probably never be the fearless risk taker that the author is but I found her story a fascinating one. I take from her story that we will never evolve at all if we don't step off that metaphorical ledge. Taking the risk can reap huge rewards and lead to all sorts of epiphanies. While the author isn't suggesting that everyone should rapel down a dizzying canyon wall, her message is that we often have many fears and challenges in our day to day lives which need to be tackled and subdued. With effort and understanding, these obstacles can be overcome. Utilizing grit and determination, we are capable of anything! Move away from the status quo. Get out of your comfort zone. Explore this person you call "me" and get to know him/her better. Through her own life's experiences, the author conveys this mantra with insight and clarity. The rewards can be huge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great To Good Advice! November 12, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I was extremely impressed with this author, she explain the baggage (her's) that we all in some way have in our life's from bad relationships, to bad health, or unhappy/distressful financial situations, to spiritual quests, & questions. Yes, this book does have at the end exercises to perform, & even if you chose not to perform them -there is food for thought. I am recommending this book as a very good read. Janice mentions that something so simple like asking your boss for a raise take courage, we all know that we face those struggles in real life. The simple chaos that comes from just daily living, to challenging old beliefs. Janice uses the word fear through out the book and it is fact we all must deal with our fear's sooner or later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories May 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I will start by saying that I am not a fan of "self discovery" books. I don't like the "woe is me" factor that often preceeds the story and the "self-help" sections in these types of books. This book was a pleasant surprise. A friend recommended I read it and I found the stories well written and entertaining. I appreciated the humour and laughed out loud more than a few times. It is a quick read and Janice takes us to places we might not otherwise think to go. It is about moving out of one's comfort zone. It is not about taking foolish risks or acting irresponsibily. If you are looking for a book about thrill seeking and risky behaviours this is not it. This book is about thoughtful reflection, personal goal setting and having the courage to do what you want to do with your life. Janice provides examples from her own experiences. Are there things we want to do but are afraid to do? She asks questions that can help us to examine our fears and overcome them, assuming we want to. I am not sure I could overcome my fear of high places but I would like to. Her book has given me seed for thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this before it becomes a movie! February 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover
The author tells a story, from childhood to present day, which will inspire the reader to pursue more time alone, ask questions that need to be asked, and be open to the answers that the universe provides. The stories told in the book remind us that what we need in life will come in a variety of forms, sometimes in a quiet moment, sometimes in a moment that shakes us to our very core. I must also comment on the rich prose, Only Pack What You Can Carry is a veritable smorgasbord of luscious writing. I would happily give up my favorite foods or weekly martini for the rich, direct and dramatic words that grace each page of this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GReat suprise
I thought I was getting a book on how to pack for travel! But it was a great book!
Published 3 days ago by PHOTOMERMAID
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, Insightful, Illuminating
This book made me laugh, cry, and provoked introspection. The author takes you through her life’s journey and I found myself sucked into the book wanting to read on to find out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by brandy iskin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, the book is an examination of life and ...
In the manner of Eat, Pray, Love, the book is an examination of life and the directions it can take. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Oakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, inspiring, and entertaining!
I love a good women's adventure book, and this was certainly that--from dog sledding to canyon rappelling, even to learning the trapeze--but it was also much more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin Brande
3.0 out of 5 stars OOOPS!
I have not read this book, so I cannot comment on its contents. I can, and will, comment on something that is vital to any literary work: the title or headline. Read more
Published 13 months ago by VICENTE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
The author has written a really awesome book. She relates life lessons and it was amazing to read about the situations and progress she made in her life.
Published 18 months ago by agility4u
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
And you think you have trouble?! Read what this lady endured! Very inspiring. I first picked up the book at a discount store, I liked it so much I ordered 3 to give away to folks I... Read more
Published 19 months ago by nightsaurora
5.0 out of 5 stars for aspiring adventuristas
A lot of women have a problem with going to places alone. Whether it's the neighborhood bar or a far-off country, they're afraid to do it. Not Janice Hall Booth. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Joe Flood
2.0 out of 5 stars My Travels is appropriate
I felt like I had read the identical story in another book. True it is all about herself so the title is not misleading. Self imposed silence in a restaurant? Really! Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by selftraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence,...
Excellent book. I actually felt as if I was there rappelling through the canyons with Janice and her little team in Utah. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Robby
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More About the Author

Born in British Columbia, Janice Holly Booth is a lifelong equestrienne and avid solo traveler. She has published fiction, short stories, literary criticism and poetry, although she stopped writing poetry in 1980 as "a humanitarian gesture." Her occasional travel series in the Gaston Gazette entitled "On Adventure with Janice Booth," chronicled her off-the-wall adventures (and a few misadventures) and inspired many of her readers to summon courage and have adventures of their own. She is also an accomplished photographer and has spent the last 20+ years as a non-profit CEO working in service of children. Between adventures, Janice is now a full-time writer, speaker, and full-on Adventurista.

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