Did I mention I wrote a book?
It’s called Disrupting the Rabblement, and I’ll be releasing it soon. This post is to tell you a bit more about the book, and my plan for the launch. I think it’s going to be pretty cool, and I want you, o’ legendary reader, to be a big part of it.
What’s the book about?
It’s about thinking for yourself, facing your fears, living your dreams, and pissing off zombies. In other words, the book discusses the Disrupting the Rabblement philosophy in depth. If you’ve gotten a kick out of the ideas and mindset I’ve been sharing on this blog over the past three years, then there’s a good chance you’ll dig it.
The whole thing actually started out as the 44-page manifesto that I give away free to email subscribers. People have said nice things about that, such as…
“I have to say that I LOVED your manifesto. It is absolutely fascinating.” – Danielle M
“Your manifesto is kick-ass!” – Lana P
“Thank you for peeling my eyelids back. Earthquake of a manifesto.” – John S
Thing is, I wrote that manifesto right after quitting my job and before I started traveling extensively almost two years ago, so a lot has changed since then. I’ve gone ahead and greatly expanded on the original content, updated and rewrote several parts, and added a whole lot more that I think folks will find useful.
Around the World Without Flying: The Journey Continues
My time in Nepal is coming to an end, and I’ve decided that the next big stop on my four-year trip around the world without flying will be Thailand.
My goal is to arrive in Bangkok by October 1st. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be leaving Kathmandu yet, but probably no later than September 10th. That will give me about three weeks to get to Thailand.
It’s looking like this will be the most challenging part of my journey so far. Turns out it’s not so easy to travel from Nepal to Thailand without flying. The most direct route would be via Northeast India and Myanmar. Unfortunately a special permit (available only from New Delhi, apparently) is required to visit that part of India, and I’ve heard from various sources that crossing a land border into Myanmar is a gigantic pain in the ass, if not outright impossible.
After a ton of research and phone calls and visits to travel agents, it looks like these are the only two options available to me:
Route A: Nepal –> India –> Sri Lanka –> Malaysia –> Thailand
This route would mean hitching a week-long ride aboard a freighter from Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Port Klang (Malaysia). The big challenges with this route:
- I’d have to travel the length of India, which is no small distance. (Thinking if I do this, I’ll try do it on a motorcycle. Might as well, right?)
- Freighter travel ain’t cheap, usually costing at least €100 a day.
- I still haven’t found a freighter that will get me to SE Asia before the end of September.
Route B: Nepal –> Tibet –> China –> Laos –> Thailand
Looks easier at first glance, but this route also presents a few challenges:
- I’d have to travel through Tibet, which requires a special and expensive permit (in the range of €800-1,500).
- A recently-introduced rule for traveling to Tibet states that you must be in a group of five, all from the same country.
- Even if I get clearance to visit Tibet, it’s not yet clear if I can travel overland from there into China.
So I’m still not sure which of these routes I’ll take. Either way though, it should end up being an adventure 😉
Launching the book en route (and where you come in)
Just for the hell of it, I’ve decided to tie in the book launch with the trip to Thailand. Here’s the plan:
- If you’re interested in following along with my journey and reading an advance copy of the book (for free!), join this Facebook group. I’ll approve your request as soon as I see it.
- I’ll be posting exclusive updates and pics from my trip to that group. (I know Facebook is blocked in China, but if I do go that route, Sean Ogle’s tips should help ensure that won’t be an issue.)
- On Monday, September 10th, I’ll offer up the first of four parts of the new book to the group. You’ll be able to download in Kindle or PDF format.
- Each subsequent Monday will see the next part of the book released to the group, ending with part four on October 1st, by which time I should be in Bangkok.
- For those of you who read through the book, I’ll be asking for your feedback and suggestions to make it as good as can be.
- After I’ve taken into consideration all the feedback and made some final edits, I’ll release the book on Amazon. Hopefully that will happen on October 8th.
- Once the book becomes a bestseller and makes me a fortune, I’ll fly everyone in the Facebook group to Thailand for a beach party.
Alright, should be a fun few weeks. Don’t forget, you need to join this Facebook group to come along for the ride. Looking forward to seeing you there.