Join me on a journey around the world today with Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World by Aaron Hodges. Many thanks to Aaron for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the book birthday blitz.
Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?
Time for an adventure!
The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.
Discover the world of solo travel.
Solo is a fab guide for the lone traveller. Written with a slightly self-deprecating tone, the short, snappy chapters mean that it makes for a quick but entertaining read. I particularly liked the fact that Aaron’s account of his travels is realistic. It is not sugar coated but at the same time it is not over-dramatised for sales. It is just an honest account of his own experiences.
I enjoyed the whistle-stop tour of the backpacker highlights from each region that Aaron has visited, although I am more a comfy hotel beds in private rooms than dormitories with a bunch of strangers kind of girl.
As I read, I started to gain the confidence that maybe I could do this alone, chronic illness and all – after all, I am 40 years old and almost every one of my friends is married with kids, while I remain resolutely single with a great long list of places I want to see. Whilst a fear of flying combined with a potential need to access health care where I can at least partially communicate with staff might keep me closer to home than the far flung places that Aaron visited, this book has maybe given me more confidence to at least think about travelling on my own in Europe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…
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