Fearless Footsteps: True Stories That Capture the Spirit of Adventure

Fearless Footsteps: True Stories That Capture the Spirit of Adventure


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Travelling the world is an exhilarating, eye-opening, life-affirming experience. But it can also be scary to even think about. There are language barriers, borders to cross, planes to fly in, and of course, the mystery of an unknown land. It can be difficult to take the chance, even when you’re yearning for adventure.

This inspirational collection of true travel stories proves that the best journeys are to be had when you feel the fear but go anyway. From a nervous flier anxiously taking to the skies for the first time to a female traveller braving the Middle East, from a death-defying hike on an Indonesian volcano to the anxious freedom of finding yourself alone on the other side of the world, these stories are certain to send you looking for your passport.

Created by the popular travel writing website, Intrepid Times, as part of an international writing competition that saw entries pouring in from across the globe, Fearless Footsteps is travel writing at both its most exhilarating and its most introspective. Covering every continent from Africa to Antarctica, these carefully selected stories get to the heart of what it means to be a traveller and see the world with courage, open-mindedness, and relentless curiosity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925820577
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,201,433
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nathan James Thomas founded Intrepid Times in 2014, and it has since grown into a popular home for travel writing with heart, attracting hundreds of contributors and thousands of readers from around the world. His own travel writing has been published in places like Roads and Kingdoms, Outpost Magazine, and New Zealand Memories. Originally from New Zealand, Nathan lived in China for two years and is currently based in Eastern Europe.

Jennifer Roberts is a U.S. native whose adventures have stretched across four continents, from the valley of Chiang Mai to the heights of Machu Picchu. After developing a taste for travel on a high school trip to Italy, she left her small hometown in Illinois for an adventurous year in Thailand. She then moved to southern Chile, where she currently lives and works as a freelance editor, writer, and English teacher.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Everything is Going to be Okay … 01

Somewhere Over the Rhinogs 09

They Pay Rent in Paradise 15

A Black Horse 23

The River 29

The Rust Sanctuary 35

The Art of Speaking Fearlessly 41

Dirty Feet in Taipei 47

Travels with Anxiety 53

Playing with Blue Fire 59

The Stranger 65

Believing in Nothing 71

Where Are You From? Where Are You Going? 77

Fearless Footsteps on Mount St Helens 85

The Ocean Needed a Vacation 91

Blundering with a Backpack 99

Losing my (Diving) Virginity 105

Up or Bust 111

A Reckoning Among the Rainbow Trout 117

The Secret of the Fearless 125

On Driving (and Dining) Alone 131

Snapper in Essaouira 139

Trespassisng in Tanzania 145

The Wrath of Whakaari 151

On the Road to Panic 157

Namibian Nights 163

Any Pub in a Storm 169

All Aboard 175

A Short Walk on the Streets of Duhok 183

A Home-grown Tourist 189

The Echo of Solitude 193

My First Time Flying Alone 199

Overcoming Fear in Iran, One Breath at a Time 205

Childhood Grievances in Eastern Australia 211

Antarctica at Any Cost 217

The Other Side of Fear 225

Acknowledgments 231

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