Travel books are plentiful. There are motivational travel books, personal tales of travel adventures, fiction travel stories, travel picture books and a seemingly endless array of travel guidebooks.
Most travel books are more informative than entertaining — they tell you where to go, what you’ll see when you get there, where to shop and what to eat. Some will even guide you through the steps of quitting your job, packing your bags and booking your ticket.
But why can’t there be a motivational and informative travel book that is actually tough to put down? It seems that nearly every non-fiction travel book lacks comedy, developed characters and a plot in general. Thankfully, these are the areas where “The Red Rucksack” by Ben West shines.
The story is entertaining, the individual adventures are more than comical, and West (a sometimes overly honest Aussie) threads readers through chapter after chapter from his initial flight to Nepal to his final dilemma of where to travel next.
Although it’s entertaining, “The Red Rucksack” may not be for everyone. It doesn’t lay out day-by-day plans for exploring cities, it doesn’t explain how to rack up frequent flyer miles and it certainly doesn’t tell you what to order for dinner (but you will learn how to take a McPiss).
If you’re looking for a book to help you plan your next trip, “The Red Rucksack” is probably not it.
What It Is
If you’re in search of a book that will inspire you to escape the cubicle (or the pharmacy in West’s case) and explore the world from Mount Everest, to the Galapagos, Denmark, Paris and anywhere your heart desires, this book should be right up your alley.
If you’re a fan of comical storytelling, deep descriptions and an author who tells it like he sees it (“Okay, France. I have a few things to get off my chest. Just because you invented oral sex, baguettes and the art of mime does not give you an excuse to be so damn rude.”) you’ll absolutely love “The Red Rucksack.”
Where to Get It
See if you like Ben West’s unique style of travel writing for yourself by reading the first 21 pages of “The Red Rucksack” for free. If you like what you see, or if you just plain can’t stop reading, you can purchase a print copy or download the e-book through his blog.