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If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World [Kindle Edition]

Kristine K. Stevens
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In honor of her 40th birthday, Kristine K. Stevens sold her house, quit her job and traveled solo around the world.

Carrying a backpack and the naïve belief that the trip was nothing more than a six-month-long vacation, she hit the road. As her journey moved on and off the beaten tourist path, she braved a monsoon in Zanzibar, a safari in Kenya, trekking in Nepal, kayaking in Thailand, caves in Laos, red plaid fish and lava in Hawaii, and grizzly bears in Alaska.

Little did Kristine know that she was completing a pilgrimage that would change her life forever. She gained self-confidence with every mile and relearned how to trust her instincts.

Told with wonder, humor and suspense, with historical facts woven into the tale, "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough" captures the twisted, unpredictable nature of global travel.

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"... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read ... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places." - Kirkus Book Reviews


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"... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read ... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places." - Kirkus Book Reviews

About the Author

After graduating from Purdue University, Kristine K. Stevens took vacations to Costa Rica, Japan and France, which ignited her passion for travel.

"Travel gives me a sense of freedom and enlightenment," she says. "It frees me from the expectations of my own culture, and it shows me how intriguing and diverse life can be."

When her 40th birthday was approaching, she evaluated her life and ended up selling her house, quitting her job and traveling around the world. Her first book, "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World" tells the story of what happened during her adventure.

Kristine now works at the Savannah College of Art and Design as the senior web content manager. She continues to have a weak spot for Snickers bars, Pringles potato chips and Fanta Orange sodas, which were an integral part of the trip. Although she thrives in Savannah, Georgia--despite its monstrous palmetto bugs, Kristine is plotting another global adventure, this time focusing on the Pacific Rim.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Subtext Publishing LLC; 1 edition (July 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6S4PL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book, which is Kristine Stevens' first effort, contains plenty of trials, tribulation, and triumph. In one sense the work is about a solo journey around the world, which in and of itself is a breathtakingly audacious undertaking, so if this were all the book was about it would still be worth reading. Yet amidst the wonderfully-described details (the intriguing sights, sounds, and tastes of her adventure), we are quite cognizant of the human element, namely the insecurities and fears of a solo woman as she attempts to discover herself on her journey. There are things she can (and does) control, like being swindled by dishonest merchants and ticket sellers, but then there are those out-of-one's-control events which are so surreal that they almost defy description (I literally laughed aloud as our intrepid author learned that her plane landed at the wrong African airport).

Stevens does much more than accurately describe the places she visited and people she encountered: she tells the reader how they made her feel, and whether or not her experiences taught her anything. This book is equal parts adventure story, guidebook, and road map to self-fulfillment. Seeing zebras and polar bears on the same trip is extraordinary, but not nearly as impressive as a writer capturing a true sense of adventure on the page.

This book would be perfect for anyone looking for the perfect beach-read, or seeking a gripping example of travel literature. I heartily recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I lived vicariously through this book and enjoyed it thoroughly. Kristine included enough details to really give the flavor of the places she visited and her experience without it becoming wordy. She is a good writer and her adventures were fun to ride along on through her book. I also appreciate her point of view and sense of humor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now, I want a plane ticket to anywhere! November 19, 2013
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I read for fun, adventure and knowledge, I got everything I look for in this book. Kristine's writing is crisp and concise allowing the reader to focus on the story and the well placed jewels of wisdom sprinkled along the way.

I wanted to know more, learn more and keep on traveling and meeting new friends along the way.

This book made me feel a little braver than when I began.

Thanks Kristine!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it 3 times now June 15, 2014
By TJTJTJ
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't really read travel books, but I love a memoir or a biography. If there's travel to other lands and cultures included, with descriptions to engage and enlighten me as opposed to drowning me in adjectives, all the better.

My enjoyment of this book is all in the details. Kristine's writing style is anything but boring. She's funny, she's frank, and she clearly cares about using her writing skills in a manner that flows like great speaking.

I liked feeling as though I was walking, and trekking, and paddling, and waiting by her side from place to place.

But I particularly liked the palpable sensations of wonder, fear, comfort and more that Kristine experienced and put into words. It's not enough for me, as I mentioned, to read descriptions of time and place and people. I only care about all that if the author can transmit how all those things make her feel, and hopefully also reflect upon where she thinks those reactions come from.

Kristine has great stories to tell, and she knows how to tell her stories in a great way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars loved the title April 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As I was embarking on my own solo journey, the title spoke to me, but I started losing interest after Christine left South East Asia. Skimmed through the balance of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will find yourself in this book September 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
That's a relief. I now know what I'm buying several family members for Christmas. I wish that this book had been around when I was in my 20s or 30s. If it had been, I know that my life would have gone in a different direction. I'm sure that I would have still made mistakes, but I think they would have been better ones. I have been a voracious reader all my life with a fairly eclectic taste in books. The difference between this book and others that I have read is the difference between saying "I understand how you feel" and "I feel what you feel".

As I read the first 4 chapters, I kept longing to have photos to go along with the stories. Mostly I wanted to see pictures of the people Kristine encountered rather than places. But after I discovered the picture gallery on Kristine's blog site ([...] I decided to finish the book without looking at the photos (ok, ok, I absolutely had to see what The Handsome Man looked like). I made that decision because Kristine's words and story telling style was creating images in my mind like a film unreeling with narration. The photos of people enhanced the experience but her words themselves drew pictures that were more evocative than any photo. I suppose that makes sense because this book is not about the places that she visited but about the journey that she made and the lessons she learned. Even more compelling is that she is able to share those lessons in such a way that the reader learns too.

If I have one criticism it is of the publisher or copy editor not the author. There were several places where an article or pronoun was left out of a sentence. I was so engrossed in what was unfolding that each time I felt catapulted out of the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
For the last almost 4 hours I've the traveled the world with Kristine! An amazing story of living out of your comfort zone. A open and honest record of her amazing travels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jen from Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for women and men who like reading about adventure and...
This is not a typical book that I would buy but it interested me enough to buy it. It talks about a women`s journey halfway across the world by herself and what she finds out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book
great...really made me want to travel alone which i have always been afraid to do......I truly felt I got to know the author....she was honest, straightforward and funny!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Mariana Chinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Feed your wanderlust with this book
I really enjoyed this book. It was interestingly written with lots of details to bring the narrative alive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamala C Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Title doesn't fit into book
Book has a real cool title but never could figure how title worked into the manuscript. Haven't looked but would imagine a bunch of reviews are by women in love with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Self Help Specialist
4.0 out of 5 stars decent book
I enjoyed this book as a good beach read. Much like the reader I had high expectations for this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Jennings
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I didn't feel her passion.
Published 3 months ago by Rasa
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book!
I did not want her adventure to be over
Highly recommended
Worth the money spent
You will not be disappointed
Published 4 months ago by M.Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough
I enjoyed reading this adventure and would recomend it to anyone that loves to travel. She found a way to do it and get paid in the mean time.
Published 4 months ago by L. Eisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and simple
I enjoyed this story. The voice of the author is easy to hear and she pulls you along with her. I found it a refreshing read with good insights, lessons and plenty of humor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Withrow
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More About the Author

After graduating from Purdue University, Kristine K. Stevens took vacations to Costa Rica, Japan and France, which ignited her passion for travel.

"Travel gives me a sense of freedom and enlightenment," she says. "It frees me from the expectations of my own culture, and it shows me how intriguing and diverse life can be."

Kristine now works at the Savannah College of Art and Design as the senior web content manager. She continues to have a weak spot for Snickers bars, Pringles potato chips and Fanta Orange sodas, which were an integral part of her round-the-world trip.

Although she thrives in Savannah, Georgia--despite its monstrous palmetto bugs, Kristine is plotting another global adventure, this time focusing on the Pacific Rim.

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