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Travel Guide Series #4 Experience Passport – Alex Egner – Chronicle Books

December 18, 2015

The Experience Passport by Alex Egner was one of my favourite gifts when I won Kara’s giveaway earlier in the year. It was such a hidden gem and here’s why…


So this book isn’t your typical travel guide. The book’s aim is for the reader to make the most out of every day. The blurb reads:

“This passport grants you access to life-enriching experiences. Break out of your routine, learn something new, and discover the world of inspiration around you.”

You can’t really ask for more than that can you?


I’m all for exploring your surroundings and seeing the extraordinary in what you think is ordinary. We need to break out of our mundane routines and make every day an adventure! That’s why I love this book.

The book is split into 45 different ‘experiences’. These can range from going on a hike to attending a music concert or simply drawing what you can see around. Each experience is designed to challenge you and help you learn something about yourself. I think pushing your boundaries is one of the main benefits of travelling. By testing your limits, you see the best in yourself and in others around you.



The book also comes with little stickers to show you completed an experience – brilliant for bringing out my inner child! I can’t wait to try out more of the ideas in the Experience Passport and I hope you give it a try too!

Travel Book Series

Travel Guide Series #3 The Big Trip – Lonely Planet

December 12, 2015

When the idea of travelling the world first came in to my head when I graduated from university, I had no idea how to go about doing it. I was full of so many questions. How much money will I need? Where shall I go? How do I book this kind of trip? I decided to buy a book which would help me decide. That book was The Big Trip by Lonely Planet.


Lonely Planet are the giants of travel guides and in my opinion always seem to be pretty trustworthy. This book is such a good buy if you’re thinking of going travelling. It’s full of so much useful information from pre-trip planning to stories from other travellers as well as maps and price guides.


The best part is the beautiful photographs through out to help you gain inspiration of where to go. You’ll be wanting to swim with dolphins off the coast of New Zealand one day and teach English to children in Ghana the next.


The book also helps you decide if you want to work, volunteer or just travel. I didn’t do any volunteering when I was away but I really wish I did. The best idea I came across was tending to orphan elephants in Sri Lanka, which sounds incredible!


The Big Trip book is regularly updated so the newer edition is slightly different than the one I have. This needs to be done so the price guides are as up to date as possible. 
As the name would suggest, this is a BIG book. It’s one to use before you go travelling and not take with you. Half of your weight allowance would be gone otherwise! So make the most of it before you go. Use it for inspiration and to find out the basics of where you decide to visit.


I hope you find the guide useful and that it brings you one step closer to having an adventure!