Solo by Aaron Hodges / #Extract #BookBirthdayBlitz @rararesources

 

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A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone

Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?

Time for an adventure!

The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Discover the world of solo travel.

Go Solo!

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Extract

An introduction of sorts

Oof, okay, I’ll say it now. Introductions are the worst. And if I’m honest, writing in the first person, about myself (or at least my own thoughts and recommendations) is not something I’m used to. I mean, I write, it’s just, my fiction books are generally just a tad…different. You know, dragons and magic and all that jazz.

Oh well, I’ll do my best to make this bearable.

So, if you’re anything like me when I first made the decision to put the brakes on my career and jet off on an adventure, you’re probably sitting at your desk in the office, bored out of your mind. Hopefully your boss isn’t reading this over your shoulder—although on the bright side, then you wouldn’t have to quit, right? Anyway, what I’m getting at is…you’re not happy, right? You wake up every day to your alarm, eat breakfast and head off to work, sit behind your desk until the numbers make sense, finish up and head to the gym, hopefully see some friends or loved ones, go to bed…only to get up and do it all again the next day.

And while you’re doing all that, you’re scrolling through Instagram or Facebook (or whatever social media platform the kids are using these days), seeing all these amazing adventures people are having. Your friend from high school is in Thailand jumping off waterfalls, that guy from your university group project is skydiving in New Zealand, your ex-girlfriend is kissing another guy in Paris.

Youch.

No wonder you want to get out of there.

Of course, the only problem is finding someone to join you. We’ve already established the ex ain’t an option, and all your friends are busy finishing their university degrees, or starting new jobs, or entering relationships. I guess you’ll just have to wait…

And wait.

And wait.

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This could be you. Instead, its me.

Yeah, exactly.

Don’t wait, because take it from me, if you wait it’s not going to happen.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. If you’re reading this book, if you picked it up because you’re alone, because you’re hurt, because you’re bored or feeling lost, you’re the exact person I wrote this travel guide for.

Because at this moment in your life, you’re free. There’s no one to tell you “no,” no responsibilities holding you back, nothing to stop you.

Now is the perfect time to have an adventure.

So let me be the first to welcome you to the world of the solo traveller.

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Why oh why?

Okay, now that the introduction is over, I should probably introduce myself and explain what this book is all about, right? My name is Aaron Hodges and I hail from New Zealand, a tiny country at the bottom of the world that’s known for its sheep, rugby, and…umm, what was it? Oh yeah—The Lord of the Rings! I left home on my first solo trip way back in 2014, and have been travelling on and off ever since (5 years and counting at the time this book was published).

So if you stick around, hopefully I can impart at least a little bit of what I’ve learnt over that time. Or at least share a few tales of the adventures (and disasters) I’ve had along the way. There’ll be plenty of tips about all aspects of solo travel and why I love it—but also an exploration of the pitfalls and downsides that go with it.

One thing this book won’t be though is the written version of a travel influencer’s Instagram feed. Yes, travel is amazing and exciting and potentially life-changing—but it can also be lonely, exhausting, boring, uncomfortable, and even dangerous at times (although hey, I’m still here so it can’t be that bad, right?) As much as I love this new life I’ve discovered, I’m not going to shy away from the dark stuff.

Let’s jump right into it then, shall we?

I’m going to assume you’re single. WHAT? Why’s that, you ask? Well, you are reading a book titled SOLO…right?

Okay, let me make a second wild guess, one based on something I’ve observed over the last few years on the road.

You recently went through a breakup.

Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong, but one trend I’ve noticed over the years is that most new solo travellers needed a push to get them off the straight and narrow, and onto a new path. For many, that push seems to be the ending of a significant relationship. Not everyone of course. For others it might a feeling of unfulfillment in their career, or the realisation they’ve reached a crossroads in their life and aren’t sure what direction to take next.

For myself, I had a little of each, but if I’m honest with myself, it was the breakup that put me over the edge.

At the end of 2013, my girlfriend of three years and I separated (okay, I was dumped), which left me in a pretty bad place. Suddenly I found myself heartbroken and alone, working in a job I did not enjoy, living in a city I hated. The following six months were pretty rough, as I struggled to restore myself to some semblance of normality.

I searched for a new job, I took up different hobbies, I dated. But nothing really changed, nothing moved me forward.

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Pictured: The crushing weight of heartbreak.

Until I stumbled onto a company that advertised adventure travel for solo travellers. Suddenly I found myself wondering—could I really go off and see the world by myself? My girlfriend and I had been planning what we in New Zealand call an Overseas Experience (OE)—a long term trip around the world.  But I had never really considered going it alone.

How would that even work?

I thought about it for weeks, looking at all these different tours offered by the company (they were called Xtreme Gap Year for those who are interested, and no I’m not affiliated). Kickboxing classes on a tropical island, dive master programs, adventures around Thailand. They all seemed so exiting, so different. In the end I knew this was something I wanted. So I made the scariest decision of my life. I signed up for a four-week backpacking adventure through Thailand.

Looking back, I’m not sure whether I left because I was running away from real life, or because I had suddenly realised that that didn’t have to be my life. I like to think it was the latter.

Regardless of whether you identify with this story or not, I think it’s important to think about your reasons for travelling. Why do you want to leave everything behind and see the world? Because despite what your Instagram feed would have you believe, travel is not the answer to all life’s problems.

Yes, it’s amazing, and I think everyone should have a chance to experience the world outside their comfort zone—and especially to travel by themselves at least once.

But at the end of the day, you still have to go home. And if you’re not careful, you might just find yourself right back where you started.

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Pictured: The crushing weight of heartbreak.

Until I stumbled onto a company that advertised adventure travel for solo travellers. Suddenly I found myself wondering—could I really go off and see the world by myself? My girlfriend and I had been planning what we in New Zealand call an Overseas Experience (OE)—a long term trip around the world.  But I had never really considered going it alone.

How would that even work?

I thought about it for weeks, looking at all these different tours offered by the company (they were called Xtreme Gap Year for those who are interested, and no I’m not affiliated). Kickboxing classes on a tropical island, dive master programs, adventures around Thailand. They all seemed so exiting, so different. In the end I knew this was something I wanted. So I made the scariest decision of my life. I signed up for a four-week backpacking adventure through Thailand.

Looking back, I’m not sure whether I left because I was running away from real life, or because I had suddenly realised that that didn’t have to be my life. I like to think it was the latter.

Regardless of whether you identify with this story or not, I think it’s important to think about your reasons for travelling. Why do you want to leave everything behind and see the world? Because despite what your Instagram feed would have you believe, travel is not the answer to all life’s problems.

Yes, it’s amazing, and I think everyone should have a chance to experience the world outside their comfort zone—and especially to travel by themselves at least once.

But at the end of the day, you still have to go home. And if you’re not careful, you might just find yourself right back where you started.

Thank you, Aaron Hodges and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and explore the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School (titled The Sword of Light) and began to rewrite the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn’t looked back since.

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Author Links

http://www.aaronhodges.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/Aaron-Hodges-669480156486208/

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Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082P8W1BD/

books2read.com/u/meBM8g

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