Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B082P8W1BD
- Publisher : The National Library of New Zealand (December 11, 2019)
- Publication date : December 11, 2019
- Language: : English
- File size : 17981 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 129 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #873,155 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this book, which is aimed at a demographic I’m not in (I’m a good twenty years older than the author, and very, very married), author Aaron Hodges theorizes that his readers share something in common with him – they have boring desk jobs, they’re restless, or they just ended relationships. This latter, he specifically mentions as one of the things that pushes people to stop dreaming about travel and actually do some.
A lot of this book is aimed at adventure-travellers – people who want to backpack through Europe and stay in hostiles – or at least engage in rugged activities. While that’s never been my thing (I’m much more into museums and cute shops with the occasional beach day and maybe time on a rented ocean kayak) Hughes friendly style makes these things seem appealing and even exciting.
He even made me consider where I’d go if I were travelling without my husband. (In truth, I’ve done this to a point. On trips where he was working I hired local guides and wandered on my own.)
Hughes makes good points about language barriers being daunting to some, and about choosing your destinations wisely, but more than that, he is all about living your dreams instead of waiting for someone to hand them to you.
If you’re planning a trip, or even just wishing you could get up and go, this is the book for you.
Goes well with a local dish you’ve never heard of in a hole-in-the-wall cafe in a foreign country.
That was the best part of Author Aaron Hodge’s book for me. He makes backpacking travel, even solo travel, seem so possible and do-able. His relaxed, wry and witty writing style is just like talking with a friend. Yes, he shares many practical tips. But he also shares many memorable travel moments- and one of his experiences might just be the one to get you going!
He recommends carrying a small backpack, free walking tours in the cities you visit, keeping a relaxed schedule (remember you left the office rat race!). He gives great advice on how to make friends, the best back backing routes, and how to keep your clothes clean! This book is a great starting place to envision how you will leave your current life and given in to your wanderlust.
I do have one idea to suggest to the author. He tends to divide travelers by generation, suggesting the places that are more appealing to young travelers and hinting that young travelers may not want to go where there are lots of older travelers. Which is fine- but please remember that it is the older generation that will be more than happy to buy a drink(s) for you and your pals, and we will also gladly listen to all your stories. (Also, and this is my inner-Mom coming out, is drinking, sex and partying the main reason to travel?)
All in all, a good and encouraging book, with plenty of first-hand insight. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for an advance review copy. This is my honest review.
Hodges talks directly to the reader giving his first hand insight and experience. He comes off like a really good friend conversing with you. He gives you a starting point to plan your solo trip. He gives suggestions on where to go (or not go) for some countries and a variety of traveling tips including where to sleep which tends to be hostels for a variety of reasons that he goes into.
This is a very entertaining and informative memoir definitely recommended for the solo traveler of the past, present and future. Take a chance and travel solo!
I received a copy that I chose to read and review as a part of the blog tour.
I traveled solo a lot and this book reminds me so much of my thoughts, good memories and experiences when I traveled. Be ready to travel and dream with this book!
Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone
Great book for both the seasoned traveler and the new traveler.
Very entertaining as well. Five stars.
10/10 would recommend.