My travels will all be about recommendations. Where should I go next? Where should I stay? In following the same spirit here are some things I'd recommend to you... drop me a line to let me know of anything you think is 'a bit good'.
The Last American Man - Elizabeth Gilbert
Aged just 17, American Eustace Conway goes off to live in the woods. Twenty years later he's still there, having more than just survived but thrived, using and drawing on his strength of character, ingenuity, courage and skill. A sensational uplifting story of a man truly living a life and living it so different to most of us today. Highly recommended.
America Unchained - Dave Gorman
Dave Gorman is a funny man. A funny man who enjoys a challenge. In this adventure he travels to America with the intention of buying a car for $1000 and travelling West coast to East coast meeting two criteria - he was not permitted to give any money to 'The Man' using just independent business for food, accommodation and fuel. Having to zig zag his way across the country to meet those self imposed rules added miles, time and stress to an already demanding journey. A very funny, inspiring, easy read.
One Red Paperclip - Kyle MacDonald
Money at the end of the day is a trading tool. You earn it and then trade it for other stuff you want (or have to have). This guy sets himself a challenge to try and turn an almost worthless red paper clip into a house. How far could he get? What could he realistically expect to achieve. With determination he sets off on his challenge, meets some interesting characters along the way and has a lot of fun. An easy page turner then shows that with an idea, a bit of drive and not taking yourself too seriously some rather splendid things can be achieved.
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson sets himself a challenge to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in America - estimated at around 90 days. Rather than walking the bear infested woods alone he fancies doing it with someone else, but who? Inside each Christmas card he sends out that year he mentions he's looking for a walking partner and hopes to receive a positive response. To his great surprise and pleasure an old school friend agrees to join him on the adventure. However, the two haven't met up for many, many years and there are a number of immediate surprises and concerns when they do meet up just days away from the start. A very funny, entertaining story.
Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth - Peter Kelder
This is a great book for those who are open minded to alternative medicines and self-help practices. The initial (true) story is about a man who travels East and returns many years later almost unrecognisable from the stressed, ailing Westerner who left. On his journey he meets with tribes who claim to have individuals over 200+ years old, reaching such age following daily rituals such as the 5 Rites. The story is interesting but the 5 rites themselves are exceptional. They centre around body energy, energy flow and Chakras. When practised, the 5 rites can help some people relive stress and feel generally more contented. The rites (exercises) can take as little as 2 or 3 minutes each morning. A worthwhile recommended read.
The Horus Quest - William Shambrook
What makes a man? Not the physical component parts but the raw material of his Soul? What makes him choose one way and not another?
The Horus Quest is the first episode in an adventure trilogy concerning the quest of a man who is driven by something spiritual outside of himself to find the answers to his purpose. He is not a hero, but a human, with the faults and aspirations we all share. The subject Francis Edwards unravels his own soul as he travels through a nightmare experience that takes him to the edge of death and the peak of love. It is the story of a treasure and the ending is a bombshell. It will keep you guessing right up to the end; and yet, you will not want it to finish.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - Joe Cross
You'll find this documentary on Netflix (or maybe even Youtube).
Do you know of anyone sick, feeling run down, suffering or currently on medication? Of course you do. This eyeopening documentary dares to suggest there may be a solution, a different approach to get the body to actually heal itself.
Doctors in the West have a tendency to prescribe pills for most ailments. People tend to just take those pills without really considering if there are alternatives.
This excellent documentary follows Joe Cross who is 100 lbs overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health with doctors and conventional medicines unable to help.
Joe sets about enabling the body to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days.
One of the very best documentaries I've ever had the fortune to stumble across, actually by mistake! Watch it if you can.
Places to Stay
Places to Stay
Batcombe Vale Campsite, Somerset.
Recommended to me and I in turn recommend it to others. Tranquil setting in the Somerset countryside, with good clean shower & toilet block and homemade cider to buy. About £29 a night including hook-up.
Crakaig Beachside Camping. KW8 6HP
£15 a night, showers, toilets and the most amazing views of the sea with potential to see whales, seals and otters (and apparently if lucky the Northern lights). You can buy from them logs, paper and fire lighters for £2.50 for the perfect camping setup. One amazing night was spent here. Loved it.