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Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence, and True Self-Knowledge Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 15, 2011

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Janice Booth has a weekly travel series in regional North Carolina newspaper The Gaston Gazette entitled "On Adventure with Janice Booth." She is a dedicated fundraiser, workshop leader, web guru, seminar specialist, and student of life who is committed to sharing the joy of living with gusto through her own experiences.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426207336
  • ASIN: B005X4CNE4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on February 21, 2011
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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 By K. Caputo on March 10, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sonya on May 14, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arcangela on February 21, 2011
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Pray for a snow storm or the flu because when you sit down to read Only Pack What You Can Carry, written by Janice Holly Booth, I promise you won't be able to put the book down. Get ready to meet an amazing woman and the journey she took to becoming one with herself and those around her. Get ready to experience every emotion you can muster. You will hold your breath and feel the rush of holding on for dear life as you are about to go over a waterfall. You will feel the wind in your hair as you canter across the wilderness. I promise you will laugh, cry, grieve, feel fear, love and know that in the end, you can really only handle what you can carry. - Arcangela, trial attorney/triathlete
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Imaginary Friend on May 12, 2011
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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 By Dr. Ann M. Hoscheit on February 27, 2011
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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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