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This Book Is About Travel [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Hyde
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"If you have been dreaming about getting out of your routine and into the big world, this book is for you. If you have already been out in the big world and you enjoy the considerate observations that often come from travel, this book is for you. If you just can't get away, but hearing about someone else's adventures can take you there, this book is for you." -Lindsay LaShell

2 years on the road. 1 backpack. 15 countries. Banned from one. Stories about Nepal, Colombia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Kenya, Qatar, UAE, Panama and more. This book is about the days, people, stories, ethics and philosophy that bridged the trip. What is modern travel? Why are you not on the road?

"More of an anti-guidebook than a specific travel guide, This Book Is About Travel will take you places."
-Brad Feld - Foundry Group
"Andrew gave up his routine, comforts and all his possessions - except his backpack - to live a life that most only dream about."
-Kathy Sierra
"This book is much more than a travel log. It is a portrait of the inquisitiveness of the human spirit, narrated by an objective, analytical and self-aware voice."
-Natty Zola

Andrew Hyde spent the last two years on the road traveling to 15 countries with only a backpack of 15 things to his name, this book is a collection of stories as a critique of the world of modern travel.


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  • File Size: 2612 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477597832
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00892BUHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Traveler June 6, 2012
By Corbett
Format:Kindle Edition
As an avid traveler, this book was perfect plane (or train, bus, tram or ship) reading from a like soul. Excellent mix of stories, tips, interviews and tricks, mixed in with humor and delivered an approachable style. I'd recommend to anyone going on, or contemplating, a journey soon.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The world is full of people telling you what you can't do. Andrew is here to remind us to ignore those people and jump into life with both feet.

This book is not only an energizing read, but it's also gorgeous. Reminiscent of an Alain de Botton title, "This Book Is About Travel" is a collection of brief, inspiring essays juxtaposed with some truly marvelous travel photography. As a veteran traveler, "This Book Is About Travel" stirred some deep longings for a cocktail in Cambodia and another hunt for rhubarb pie in Germany. Feeling ho-hum about your 9-5? Flip open to a page and book a damn plane ticket already. As Andrew reminds us, we don't need a savings account or years of planning to explore the world -- we just need us.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, hilarious, motivating June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have been dreaming about getting out of your routine and into the big world, this book is for you.
If you have already been out in the big world and you enjoy the considerate observations that often come from travel, this book is for you.
If you just can't get away, but hearing about someone else's adventures can take you there, this book is for you.

Andrew tells great stories, he shares big thoughts, and he keeps insisting that long-term, round the world travel is available to just about everyone. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrought with thought June 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Length: 0:40 Mins
I read Andrew Hyde's "This Book is About Travel" upon moving to Amsterdam, never having been to Europe before. I couldn't ask for a better burst of encouragement for my adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far More Inspiring than a How-To June 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In 2007, I lived in a van for three months and 15,000 miles around the country. In 2008, I took one month sublets around the US for six months. Every year since, I've road tripped for 3+ months a year. In 15 minutes, I could be out and living out of my 4Runner indefinitely. Compared to most, I've done some traveling.

And I feel like an amateur when reading This Book is About Travel.

Here are the three main things that stand out for me:
* Most of my travel has been in the US, but This Book is About Travel brings me along elsewhere beyond the border. Getting this kind of first-hand experience is awesome.
* As much as I've traveled and written, I still don't think I could craft stories and extract insights into what's happening in precious moments and situations as well as Andrew.
* The combination of interviews with other world travelers and the "How I Plan" chapter (and other bits of advice throughout). When the time comes for me to travel the world, not only will the stories be great to come back to, but the advice will be invaluable.

The last thing I'll say is that this is more of a collection of stories than a "how to travel the world." (Though, as mentioned above, you'll find techniques, etc) Anyone can learn the details of how to travel the world, but gaining insight into the depth of experience, in my opinion, is far more inspiring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to get lost in a book? June 6, 2012
By Natty Z
Format:Kindle Edition
Andrew writes a very compelling story of his life changing journey around the world. I love this book because he spends most of his time addressing issues, ways of thinking and how transformative travel has been to him. As a lifelong traveler and someone who has been transformed from my experiences around the world as well, this book resonated with me. A fun and insightful read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kick in the butt June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're one of those people that moan and groans about being static and not getting anywhere, this book will give you the kick in the butt you need. Andrew tells you his story to plan your next adventure for years to come. The tone of the book is fun, informal, and inspiring. After reading this book, I'm already looking at flights and seeing how many vacation days I have for the year. It's time to see and do things!

Besides being an inspirational book about traveling, Andrew also makes me feel like I own too much stuff. Maybe this will give you some perspective on what your current living situation is and that it is time to downsize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schamazing! June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Probably one of the most informative books I've read about travel and doing it on your on time. Andrew is hilarious, awesome and makes me want to drop everything and do what he did. It's like a manual for being awesome and traveling the world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a diary about travel
I feel like I just finished snooping through someone's personal travel diary. Many of the stories shared were honest, raw and inspiring. But also a bit unpolished. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Coastie Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars More for backpacking crowd, but great insights
I have found most people have a hard time looking through the specifics to the bones of what is being said. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael L. Sternad
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes me WANT to travel!
This is the kind of book that makes you want to drop what you're doing and walk out the door and experience the world around you. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sloane Berrent
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical travel book -- which is why it gets 5 stars
I partake in adventures because of how they make me feel. A guidebook can't encourage me to go somewhere. Pretty pictures won't do it, either. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Erika Napoletano
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book about Travel that you can enjoy before or after you...
My favorite part of Hyde's book is about post-travel depression. In this chapter, and throughout his book, Hyde clearly articulates why Travel is actually a mindset to be embraced... Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by D. Gobler
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I'd highly suggest reading this book if you've ever felt that life is short and you need to go somewhere and do something. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Caseorganic
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincere, Thought provoking, Insightful
I initially funded this book on Kickstarter because I wanted the *concept* to succeed.

When the book arrived in the mail a few days ago, I could not have been prepared... Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Paul G
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring: pack light, engage deeply
I read this book while up in the mountains this weekend and it is a inspiring, energizing read. If you've been dreaming about traveling, This Book Is About Travel is the kick in... Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Christopher Schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
If you need a kick in the butt and finally take some time off, buy this plane ticket you've been dreaming of for years, this book is for you. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Enardin
5.0 out of 5 stars My kitchen floors have never been cleaner
There are a lot of products out there that purport to give you clean kitchen floors but this product delivers. It comes with my highest possible recommendation. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by n/a
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More About the Author

Andrew Hyde has a passion for community, writing, travel and startups. He has founded three startups (two failed, one sold and his new focus is on travel). With roots in freelancing and design, he can hold a conversation about best interface practices as well as how to build cabins with hand tools. He is also a marathoner, Ironman competitor, blogger and event organizer. He started Ignite Boulder, TEDxBoulder, Startup Weekend and a food/tech/music conference boco

His work has been featured in the NYTimes, NBC World News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Denver Post, INC, Entrepreneur, Daily Mail, Yahoo! and the Nepal Times, oddly. He has written for Laughing Squid, The Next Web and Read Write Web. He is the author (although mostly in name only) of nine patents with variations of the name "Aggregation of an Aggregation System." What I'm trying to say is that I just hope you are not reading this through an aggregation system, and then aggregating it.

His book "This Book is About Travel" was published in June of 2012.

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