World Stompers: A Guide to Travel Manifesto

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This is a book to assist and motivate young readers in their quest to travel the world. It is written to inform the curious mind that the planet is wide open for exploration. World Stompers seeks to clear up misconceptions about traveling, candidly portray how travelers are interacting with different cultures of the world, and show how very rewarding the entire experience can be. World Stompers will lay a foundation for young people to take responsibility for themselves, budget their money, and set out on a voyage that will be remembered for a lifetime.

The sole purpose of World Stompers is to get young people on the world travel circuits and help them become more aware of the immense changes happening on this planet today. Only by becoming aware can we grow as people and attempt to make an impact with our lives. And only through traveling can we gain a much greater appreciation for the countries we come from.

When you finish this Guide to Travel Manifesto, the intention is you will start making plans to see the world by setting goals and planning for your future. This may be by purchasing a travel guide for the country or circuit that interests you the most, or just taking a greater interest in the world that surrounds us.

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Brad Olsen has four recommendations for today's college graduates: work abroad, study abroad, volunteer abroad, travel abroad. Olsen took his own three-year, self-financed, solo journey to 28 countries on 5 continents after his graduation from business school, and World Stompers, now in its fifth incarnation, is his travel manifesto for other intrepid young people willing to travel for extended periods on the cheap. His is a candid book: while he waxes prolific on the benefits of freestyle traveling, he also lays out the inevitable setbacks and hardships. And while Olsen clearly likes to party while he travels (hence the chapters "Stoner's Trail" and "Partyer's Trail"), he's clear about the need for self-confidence and discipline. The book's best chapters discuss setting goals for the three elements essential to planning a stomp: time, money, and desire, with an emphasis on disciplined savings habits, achievable objectives, and old-fashioned hard work; how to deal with setbacks by making backup plans for such mishaps as getting injured, ripped off, or finding yourself plain lonely; and keeping expenses down. The "Stomping Grounds" section scans the various travel circuits (Far East, Europe, etc.) with brief and candid descriptions of each country (in Algeria, "Just the color of your skin may be a one-way ticket a body bag. Bad scene, don't go.") and visa requirements.

"Traveling," says Olsen, "should be an individual statement; don't rely on a guidebook too much." This holds true for World Stompers. While it's an excellent primer, there are some glaring problems. The "Staying Well" chapter includes some very important advice, but never mentions AIDS, a rampant problem in many of the countries discussed. The information on some countries has clearly not been updated--Zimbabwe, for example, which has seen serious interracial violence for well over a year, is described as mostly harmonious. Most disappointing, however, is Olsen's attitude towards locals in the poorer countries. While he raves about meeting people, he's mostly referring to other travelers. He's cautious about befriending locals, an unfortunate attitude of even some budget travelers from affluent nations. Take it from this veteran world traveler, most locals are far more interesting--and interested in you--than Western travelers. Olsen is otherwise gung ho on taking risks; it's a tragedy he missed out on this one. --Lesley Reed

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This Comprehensive Guide to Travel Manifesto will: * Save you hundreds of dollars in travel expenses. * Clear up misconceptions about extensive world travel. * Keep you safe and healthy on the road. * Provide new, innovative approaches to finding a job overseas. * Furnish a look at every country in the world, including a list of all visa requirements for entry. * Get you totally psyched to travel the planet.

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