Grow Up

Grow Up : Life Lessons Away From Home

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Most travel books will be quick to point out that the best way to stay dry while travelling is to carry a compact, quick-drying Microfibre towel. But not one book has ever given advice on how to mentally deal with a potential underwear thief in a hostel - who also happens to fancy you. Taking notes from his three heroes in life as guides towards becoming a better person, first-time traveller Gerard Ward leaves a world of grey offices to take the much anticipated solo backpacking pilgrimage. With an overstuffed backpack and a round-the-world ticket, Gerard leaves home on his own to search for the amazing experiences, wild antics and crazy backpacking parties that countless books, online videos and travel guides preached about. There were three life-changing lessons he wanted to experience to grow up: To learn, to love, and to live. Instead, he manages to take a 60-hour long Greyhound bus through the Canadian Prairies sitting next to a convicted felon to save a little money, blindly follows a woman around Europe for the promise of an all-inclusive 'romantic getaway', and learns that the best way to avoid sleeping in a smelly, 20-person dorm room is to seduce someone with a hotel room in order to sleep in their bed. Of course, the journey of personal growth comes with learning through experience. No one could have ever prepared for these life lessons. Does solo travel open us up to new experiences, or just frighten us? This is the kind of stuff that travel guides seem to have forgotten to explain.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 304g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0987585703
  • 9780987585707
  • 728,653