Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

by Jennifer S. Alderson

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Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand by Jennifer S. Alderson

"I never thought I would have reason to say to someone, 'Sorry I’m late, it took longer to dismember the goat than originally planned.'”

I was twenty-six years old, worked at a well-paid job, rented a fantastic apartment, and enjoyed a large circle of friends. I had everything, except I didn’t. I couldn’t shake the feeling I was missing out on the experience of living.

Part guidebook on culture and travel, part journey of self-discovery, this travelogue takes you on a backpacking adventure through Nepal and Thailand and provides a firsthand account of one volunteer’s experience teaching in a Nepali school and living with a devout Brahmin family.

Trek with me through the bamboo forests and terraced mountaintops of eastern Nepal, take a wild river-rafting ride in class IV waters, go on an elephant ride and encounter a charging rhinoceros on jungle walks in Chitwan National Park, sea-kayak the surreal waters of Krabi, and snorkel in the Gulf of Thailand. Join me on some of the scariest bus rides you could imagine, explore beautiful and intriguing temples, experience religious rituals unknown to most Westerners, and visit mind-blowing places not mentioned in your typical travel guides.

Notes of a Naive Traveler is a must-read for those interested in learning more about – or wishing to travel to – Nepal and Thailand. I hope it inspires you to see these amazing countries for yourself.

Included in this book are twenty-five photos of Nepal and Thailand I took during my journey. This real-life adventure also inspired me to write a travel thriller, Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery.

“Notes of a Naive Traveler is a heart filled journey through the eyes of a young nomad who had the courage to exchange Starbucks for Stupas. So pack your bags and enjoy your trip. Just be sure to bring hand sanitizer.” 5 stars - Libro Illustrato by Kyra, Book Blog

Related subjects include: travel, adventure, memoirs, non-fiction, backpacking, volunteering, travelogue, travel writing, solo travel, culture, journals, cultural heritage, cultural travel, Asia, Nepal, Thailand.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154046579
Publisher: Jennifer S. Alderson
Publication date: 05/13/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 401,555
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her ongoing mystery series, the Adventures of Zelda Richardson. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, Jennifer can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip. There are currently four books in the stand-alone series following the adventures of traveler and culture lover Zelda Richardson. In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda gets entangled with a gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she’s stolen his diamonds. The Lover’s Portrait is a suspenseful “whodunit?” about Nazi-looted artwork that transports readers to wartime and present-day Amsterdam. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Dutch New Guinea (Papua) and the Netherlands. Her short story set in Panama and Costa Rica, Holiday Gone Wrong, will help fans better understand this unintentional amateur sleuth’s decision to study art history and give new readers a taste of her tantalizing misadventures. Her travelogue, Notes of a Naive Traveler, is an account of her own travels through Nepal and Thailand. It is a must read for those interested in learning more about – or wishing to – travel to either country. Review and discuss her books on Facebook (, Twitter (@JSAauthor) or Goodreads ( For more information about the author and her upcoming novels, please visit her website (

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Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand by Jennifer S. Alderson is the entertaining and fascinating travel story of a twenty-seven-year-old whose entire perspective changes after the amazing experience she has after traveling to Nepal and Thailand. Traveling is an adventure and the author’s story is an example of how travel can transform the world if you let it. The book begins with the author’s trip to Nepal after she volunteers to work in Nepal for four months, and living there with a traditional family where religion and ritual still rule daily lives. It is a story of self-discovery, realization, and an attempt to find out what a woman wants to do with her life. The author’s experiences are uplifting and motivating and will inspire readers to take a backpack and travel to new destinations. The book is honest and raw and the photographs shared will enable readers to connect well with the author’s experiences. The detailed narration captures the essence, sights and sounds of both the places, and fills readers with an urge to discover Nepal and Thailand. All areas, be it food, religion, people, languages, customs, landscapes, and living in each place have been effectively covered and, for those planning to travel to Nepal and Thailand, they will know what to expect once they get there. The various glimpses of the author’s travels will definitely encourage readers to take a step to an unknown destination and see what happens.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A magnificent journey I am definitely not a traveler, not that I don't want to be, just that I am unable to be. I absolutely loved this book, and joining in on the journey with the author. Details and troubles of the travel, as well as the adventure and photographs were awe-inspiring. It's almost like a diary of her journey and it is inspiring, and sometimes, fearfully amazing. Her writing about the thief on the bus, and how it was resolved, was just something of a dramatic experience. I look forward to reading about more travels of Alderson, and anything that she writes.