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October 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Local author Ben Batchelder @ national launch of My World Book 1: Hitching the Globe on $10 a Day (Earthdog Press, $15.99). Fresh out of college, a lost American despairs of his new career, chaotic life, and diseased family. When an invitation to Scotland falls into the depths of a New York winter, he grabs at the chance to renew himself. On a whim, he decides to save money, fly to Europe, and travel east to the ends of the earth, on $10 a day for a year or more.
Here is the story of his odyssey: staying at German castles; losing several passports to thieves; disastrous brushes with lost bags, malicious customs officials, Cairo scam artists, and Thai police; dogged much of the time by illness. It is a tale of a young man losing his innocence, awakening politically, falling in love, and finding the support, and resourcefulness, to pull through the most dangerous miles of his life.
Introduced by Thomas Swick
Thomas Swick is the author of The Joys of Travel, the travel memoir Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland, and a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler. For nearly two decades, Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He has traveled to more than sixty countries, chronicling his experiences in work that has appeared in the American Scholar, North American Review, Oxford American, Missouri Review, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, New York Times Book Review, and six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. He lives with his wife, Hania, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
About the Author:
Local author Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world’s more remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having written of two previously, he currently is a mountain man in Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His last published work, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.