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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
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 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: #30,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now, I want a plane ticket to anywhere! November 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not simply a travel account September 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is much more than a travel book. It is a first rate piece of 21st Century Feminist literature about a woman who just dives into the unknown, experiences mishaps and disappointments and lands on her feet again, and again, and again. Comparable to the great 19th Century women' travel accounts, my favorite genre, this woman perseveres and finds rewards because she will, like her antecedent. press on regardless, and deal thoughtfully with every encounter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Intentional Tourist July 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is a funny, perceptive and absorbing book about a journey around the world. The book is not so much about the places visited as it is the journey itself, with the blessings and catastrophes that anyone who has travelled can recognize. Kristine Stevens conveys the sense of wonder that too many travel writers miss, and has combined that with a skill for reporting what and whom she encountered, (doing so honestly)and an occasional wicked comment on the predicaments of the less-than-wealthy traveler. This is a perfect book for anyone who believes that it's the journey, not the destination that's important. I read it just after finishing a book by a recognized travel writer. I liked this book better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE TRAVEL MEMOIR
I loved the title of the book, so downloaded it. I enjoyed it. . .this brave young woman really takes on
some difficult experiences. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Susanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed immensely
I look forward to reading more about Ms. Steven's travels if she writes a sequel.
Something tells me she's already out there doing something cool.
Published 15 days ago by AtlantaAlan
3.0 out of 5 stars loved the title
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.
Published 16 days ago by sybille-v
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read, gets the travel bug moving more
It was a fun book to read, seeing through her eyes as she changed from a workplace routine driven person to one that was more aware of her surroundings and of opportunities was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Really good book about traveling and it provided insight into many interesting experiences. I love this kind of read, and suggest you will also, thank you.
Published 2 months ago by The One Eyed Turtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
Title says it all! Starts off that way and just never ends! Great book! Very motivational! Worth the time to read it!
Published 2 months ago by freds girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for first-time travelers and experienced globetrotters...
If Your Dream… is a fantastic look at the experience of traveling. It perfectly describes the rush of exploring new territories, trusting your instincts, going with the flow, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tigershoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment!
I rated this book 5 stars simply because it never bored me once. The authors description of her journey and all the people and places along the way are described as vividly as I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sherrie p cockram
4.0 out of 5 stars A chance to travel, a chance for adventure, an individual that did it!
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Disclosure: The author requested I review this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles J. Kravetz
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Adventures abound on this wild and well written ride about a woman trying to find herself on this earth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JENNIFER
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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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