This funny and insightful journal of Jason Jones's solitary backpacking trip around the world on a budget of $40 a day explores the nighttime streets of Phnom Penh, the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, a safari in deepest Africa, and the snowy slopes of Mount Everest. Armchair travelers are introduced to Chinese entrepreneurs who promote themselves to tourists visiting the Great Wall, to the gentle natives of Africa, and to the wise and generous friends who helped Jones learn Spanish in South America. This wide-eyed and earnest account of an amazing trek through 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America is perfect for anyone with a yen for adventure and a hunger for knowledge of the world beyond the borders of the United States.
Author Biography: Jason Jones served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and saw much of the world while flying jets off aircraft carriers. He is currently a commercial real estate executive. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Nomad based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What a wonderful and inspirational book! For those who are unable to travel, Mr. Jones' book is an entertaining and interesting way to travel the world. For people who love to travel, his book provides some useful and practical tips for traveling to far away lands. In fact, his book gave me some helpful information for my own recent trip to China. As Mr. Jones says, his book represents one person's point of view at one point in time, but it's still a great read.
You know, I find most travel books wordy and boring: Over descriptive of minute details, and under descriptive of the culture and people. In a time when world events and struggles are brought close to home, I just want an 'every man' set of observations. Mr. Jones gives that in this book. Shoot, I feel like I could call him 'Jason' after reading this book. It's like you sat down with a buddy after he got back from his big trip, and he told you about the adventure on a Sunday afternoon, over a six-pack of beer. It's disarmingly causal, and it's pleasantly concise. This is not a history book, it's Jason's (Sorry, Mr. Jones) viewpoint told so you feel like you're walking along beside him. It gives you a glimpse into the world of everyday people around the world without political or media bias. Jason's just a guy, and these are people he meets. It really helps place perspective on the nightly news. Sometimes I forget that there are everyday people in these other countries, just trying to make it and take care of their families. That's good perspective when we only hear about the leaders of those countries on TV. Jason introduces you to a number of entrepreneurial people who are following their dreams and setting goals, just like us, only halfway around the world. I'm past my window of opportunity for a world trip backpacking adventure, but I now feel like I've been on one; one with a good friend. Plus, 'Nomad' saved me a lot on airfare. That's why I like this book, and I hope you will too.