Since publishing ‘How I got out of £20,000 debt and travel the world’ I have received so many messages from readers asking me for advice and support in starting their own Adventures.
Last December I sat down and started writing my first book ‘How to save for an Adventure’.
I had rented an apartment in Chaing Mai. Eating meals from small local restaurant opposite my apartment and just worked.
I was using some time to rest and recover after having my back brace fitted. But the writing process seemed to take over. It had started as a blog post, but over the course of a few weeks, it grew arms, then legs, then feet.
But then the two weeks I had alone while Phil was away working was over. I sent what I had done to some friends to have a look. Our trip continued through India and Bhutan and before I knew it I was back in the UK.
After reading through the feedback from my friends I realised what I had actually created was two books.
One that goes through the process of how to choose and plan an adventure. I talk about things to consider and how to create realistic timelines and budget. It’s a book that looks at defining what you want to get out of travel. Practical tips, solutions and advice to creating a plan that works for you. A book to pour my fifteen years of travel experience to 43 countries into. Trying to help other people not make the same mistakes I did.
(Like mapping out a road trip through Vietnam on the back of a napkin they day before we leave. Wildly underestimating how slow our bike would be, how bad the roads were and long it would actually take. Which resulted in the craziest week of my life with a ton of film footage I’m still wading through!)
And a second book that looks into how to afford to go on Adventures. A decade ago I was in £20,000 worth of debt. I am now debt free and just returned from a ten-month self-funded expedition across eighteen countries. It’s a sort of financial help book for anyone who wants to reclaim their time and money, making them work for you. Teaching budding Adventurers how to make good decisions with the resources they have and spend more time doing the things they enjoy.
I was excited this week to announce on social media some ideas I have had about the covers – and I’m also hoping to share more of the process with you guys.
Help me choose a Book Cover!
I’m also looking for feedback on what people want to be addressed in the book? I don’t have kids, but would it be useful to have a section on travel with children or how to fit adventures around full-time work? Anyone that has a suggestion, question or idea that makes it into the book will be fully credited – so feel free to write any thoughts in the comments below.
I am also planning on giving away a limited amount of copies of the books to people that are open to reviewing them for me on Amazon – if you are interested please sign up to my mailing list.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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