The Youthful Art of Midlife Travel

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The Youthful Art of Midlife Travel - Book

"...Reading this entertaining travel memoir, you’ll discover how one man's journey, prompted by a personal loss, has changed his life forever and inspired countless others.

A grandfather of seven, Chris Herrmann left his home and family in Australia and embarked on an unlikely and at times hilarious 365-day solo backpacking adventure around the world. Chris set out to live every day as an unknown adventure. He wasn’t trying to escape from life or to find himself. Instead he wanted to be free to explore and escape the normal routines and expectations of life.

While some saw his trip as crazy, he embraced it as a way to challenge himself. To push himself out of his comfort zone. He left with no purpose, other than to take each day as it came and be open to opportunities. You’ll learn how one project he initiated has benefited charities worldwide.

Chris’s story has been covered by the BBC and by numerous TV, radio, print and online media across Australia, Europe and Asia. During his journey, he was inspired by the confidence of many young travellers he met along the way. He hopes The Youthful Art of Midlife Travel* will inspire you to live your travel adventures...."

About the Author

Why I wrote the book "The Youthful Art of Midlife Travel"

Chris Herrmann was living the family dream. A family person married with three children and seven grandchildren. With a corporate management background now managing a small ecommerce business, enjoying time with family, travelling and being involved in community projects.

But life had other plans when his wife of forty years suddenly passed away as a result of cancer. The first realisation was it wasn't something that only happens to other people. The next was, while accepting his wife's journey had come to an end, his was still continuing.

Coming to terms with this, he felt the need to step outside the comfort zone. To challenge himself, to see where the next stage of his life journey would take him. He decided to embark on a twelve month backpacking adventure around the world. 

It was easier said than done. Facing fears of the unknown and especially leaving family and the familiar comforts of home. He wanted this trip to be about doing something completely different.

Breaking away from normal routines. As such no planning. No goals, no deadlines. Just work out each day of the next twelve months as he went.

It was a journey that took him through 23 countries, sleeping in 123 different places, visiting amazing destinations and meeting a diverse range of interesting people along the way. Being confronted with issues like drugs, waste, terrorism that have changed his views. How he left with no purpose, other than to travel and explore. But then how a discovery in the middle of a desert created an opportunity that has since benefited charities around the world.

He returned from his journey with one question. Our young generation are travelling the globe in their thousands. Confident and adventurous experience seeking travellers engaging first hand with other cultures. Why is our generation missing out on all the fun? His mission is to change this. To inspire more people, particularly his age, to have the confidence to enjoy adventurous and culturally immersive travel experiences.

…A brilliant detailed descriptive account of his travels. The historical events are beautifully told, about the people, places, events & occurrences…

...makes you want to get out of your comfort zone and see the world...

...Following your journey was exciting. To read the book was inspiring. A great example of getting on with life no matter what life throws at you...

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* The Youthful Art of Midlife Travel is a retitled version of the My Senior Gap Year book.
The content apart from some minor edits is the same.

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