Here’s a great idea for a last-minute Christmas gift.
The Trip that Changed my Life is the title of a collection of short stories by travelers from all over the world. (Links to Amazon in this post are affiliate links. That means I receive a small percentage of what you spend, but your price does not change.)
If I’m counting correctly, it includes 74 stories, and, according to the foreword, written by Kristen Sarra, the lives of these authors were changed in 142 different countries.
I’m thrilled to say that one of the stories is mine. It is based on a blog post from my trip to Guadeloupe and Martinique, called “A Special Encounter on a Puddle-Jumper.” I slightly changed it for the book, and renamed it “The Puddle-Jumper Philosopher.”
I wrote about this book last May, when it was still just an idea and an Indiegogo campaign. I explained then how, given the word limit imposed on each writer, I had to choose a small story of an incident that made me rethink my life rather than the bigger, more literally life-changing stories.
The Indiegogo campaign was a success and the contributors, including me, received their copies of the book. A fat donation went out to a couple of children’s charities.
Now, though, it’s on Amazon, which means you can order it as a Christmas gift in paperback or Kindle form.
The stories I’ve read so far, dipping randomly in and out of the book, are heartfelt, exciting, sometimes nostalgic, often inspirational. Many focus, like mine, on small incidents, though some are far bigger life events.
I haven’t read all of the stories yet. I’m saving it for the next time I travel. That just seems right somehow. I’m sure, though, that it would be a great Christmas gift for any traveler or armchair traveler. Or really for anyone who wants some inspiration and words of wisdom.
If you read this blog, traveling is something that matters to you too. Why not buy yourself a Christmas gift?
You can order either version of the book by clicking here: The Trip that Changed my Life. Enjoy!