Win “One Year Lived” eBook

Two things I love in travel books: real experiences and humor.

Adam Shepard’s book, One Year Lived, had both. As someone who considers herself more of a traveler than a tourist, I appreciated Adam’s rubbing-elbows-with-the-locals stories. As someone who considers herself to have a sarcastic, witty sense of humor, I enjoyed the write-as-you-speak displayed throughout the book.ONE YEAR LIVED

Shepard’s first book, Scratch Beginnings, was released in 2008, and he has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, FOX News, 20/20, and NPR. His year long journey starting in 2011 and took him to seventeen countries on four continents.

Interested in seeing the world? This book is one not to miss.

If you are looking for a guide book that hits the main attractions in 3 days or less, this book is not for you. However, if you want to feel like you are on a journey right there along side Adam, stepping off the “must see in Honduras” check-the-box-vacation path, this book is for you.

I love authors who make you feel like you are part of the journey as well. Leave the cookie cutter behind. Raw writing. The details. The spontaneous side trips. The rambling thoughts. The memories conjured up by traveling to certain places or meeting certain people. This style of writing has always sat well with me.

From the simple, yet adventurous and precarious life in Central America to the almost too perfect, fairy-tale life in New Zealand, on to his cultural insight in Australia and beyond, Adam writes from the heart.

After putting this book down, I was ready to sell my things and pack up for a year-long whirlwind romance with Planet Earth. Being a budget-minded and off the beaten path traveler myself, I appreciated this book as much a the tourist appreciates Frommer’s guides.

His book reminded me of why I love to travel – to visit little slices of the planet where things are different than my own home. To open my mind and my heart and surrender all judgment. To enjoy the simple things in life, yet ponder all the complex issues of our world over coffee or wine. The random encounters in small pubs and the beauty in remote corners of each country. To laugh at the language and cultural barriers, yet find appreciation for the nuances of my own way of life back home.

Intertwined with the jokes and candor, Adam offers practical advice on how to travel for a year on less than it would cost to live in the States for that same 52 weeks. If you are willing to give up certain comforts, you too can also experience this kind of adventure. Or even take a fraction of the year and get out there and embrace a different way of living.

The only thing I could say negative about this book is it could have been a little longer. Maybe. I would have loved to hear more about the writer’s experiences in some of the countries that he talked little about. But maybe there was no need. Maybe he highlighted what was significant and felt no reason to fill us in on the mundane details. This is NOT a guide book.

Maybe this part of the trip offered little more than Adam’s time reflecting and relaxing. Maybe he thought it was more important to his readers to offer perspective about the value of this trip. And I can applaud him for acknowledging that ultimately, the book is for them – the audience. And they want to know the point of this adventure, and “was it worth it, Mr. Shepard?” He certainly convinced me: yes.

I would love to share Adam Shepard’s story of his year-long trip by offering a FREE electronic copy of his book to one of my readers. I will randomly draw a winner from the comments below. To be fair, I will not consider spammers or those with the lazy “great review” comments. 

Instead, answer one of these questions:

1. What is one of your favorite destinations?

2. Where would you go if money was no object? 

Share or repost this article in social media and send me an email with a link for an extra chance. This is a limited time offer. I will pick the winner on May 8th and contact that person via email.

In the meantime, you can go to Adam’s website to learn more!

2 Responses to Win “One Year Lived” eBook

  1. Woooooow, Julie. Great review. I don’t know what to say…thanks for taking the time to read my book! I hope your readers understand that it IS possible for them to step outside of their box, whatever that means for each of them.

    Adam Shepard April 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply
    • No problem – thanks for the opportunity to read it! Hope you keep living the dream!!

      Julie April 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm Reply

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