Great book - our son is a friend of the author and has been whitewater kayaking with him when they both were up in Wisconsin. It is great to follow along on each adventure, never knowing where it will lead, or which hikers you might run into again. I only wish the very ending chapter was ripped out and re-written... the return to the US did not have the same style as the rest of the book. Yeah, we know all the failings compared to travelling in the rest of the world. I would have liked the last page to reflect on him standing at the car - wondering - ok.... what's my next adventure ?
Great read for anyone who's ever dreamed of ditching their ordinary life for authentic adventure. Dan has seen a side of the world most people never write about, and I'm not talking about the South America and Antarctica settings. It's not just about where he went. It's about abandoning that touristy, social status bucket list that hovers over most vacation plans. It's about tossing that guidebook in a river and getting lost in a dugout canoe with people you just met on a broken-down bus. It's about trying to fit in with a foreign culture, not just sticking out like some flyover tourist.
The writing itself is crisp and filled with the sort of off-kilter characters you can find in dilapidated hostels all over the world. But Dan himself isn't some kind of Hunter S. Thompson madman or Dean Moriarty hell-raiser. As strange as his experiences are, he comes off as a normal guy just trying to escape the cookie-cutter lifestyles most of us deal with every day. It's a blueprint for adventure almost anyone can follow at any age, with almost any budget. That makes the book especially inspiring for anyone looking to escape those first-world problems, and insightful for those of us who've gone on similar journeys to the end of the world.
I got this book a couple of weeks ago and didn't have time to read it till just now. I could hardly put it down. It's a terrific South American adventure story filled with odd characters, wild animals and fabulous places. If you're thinking of taking a South American trip, or if you're just an armchair traveler, I highly recommend 1000 Days Between. I was happy to see that this is Part One, and look forward to Part Two!
This book is a set of cherry picked stories from Dan's life told from a very conversational perspective. His style is very similar to a friend recounting adventures over a beer but still develops some depth and criticism of daily life.
Dan Perry does a great job telling his story of leaving the corporate world for a grand South American adventure. It was so inspiring to hear how he made his dreams of travel come true and how he broke the mold on the typical American dream. Thanks for sharing Dan! It was a great read; I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait for part two!