After backpacking around Europe and the Middle East, my sister and I decided to set off on one more trek together, this time around Portugal. Having survived dodgy diets, malaria and a terrifying bus crash, we figured this would be a cruisy experience however a nerve-racking overnight train trip soon destroys our confidence as we are stalked by would-be assailants with no hope of escape.
All Aboard! is a tale of perceived, sweat-inducing fear, the type that can dog you when you’re at your most vulnerable, exhausted, hungry, lost… but it also illustrates how deciding to rise above that fear can actually overpower it. My real-life anecdote about facing anxiety whilst on the road in Portugal won me a coveted spot in the thrilling adventure anthology, Fearless Footsteps: True Stories that Capture the Spirit of Adventure by Intrepid Times.
Travelling the world is an exhilarating, eye-opening, life-affirming experience. But it can also be scary to even think about. There are language barriers, borders to cross, planes to fly in, and of course, the mystery of an unknown land. It can be difficult to take the chance, even when you’re yearning for adventure.
This inspirational collection of true travel stories proves that the best journeys are to be had when you feel the fear but go anyway. From a nervous flier anxiously taking to the skies for the first time to a female traveller braving the Middle East, from a death-defying hike on an Indonesian volcano to the anxious freedom of finding yourself alone on the other side of the world, these stories are certain to send you looking for your passport.
Created by the popular travel writing website, Intrepid Times, as part of an international writing competition that saw entries pouring in from across the globe, Fearless Footsteps is travel writing at both its most exhilarating and its most introspective. Covering every continent from Africa to Antarctica, these carefully selected stories get to the heart of what it means to be a traveller and see the world with courage, open-mindedness, and relentless curiosity.
Published: November 2020
Publisher: Exisle Publishing in conjunct with Intrepid Times, $29.99 TBA Contact the author
Format: Paperback 240 pp
Ideal for: 15+, adults, travel enthusiasts, adventure seekers
Type: Travel anthology of true travel stories