How to Travel the World

Matt of Nomadic Matt has launched a new website: How To Travel the World.

The site’s tagline is “Get informed. Get Going,” which is opposite to how I often travel, “Show up. Scratch head.” So, I definitely could use a little of what this site has. Here’s the site in their own words:

Looking to take a gap year or another round the world adventure but not sure where to start? Look no further. This website is here to answer all your questions about how to travel around the world, gap years, backpacking, and the nomad way. We have suggested routes, advice on how to travel cheaply, meet other travelers, and much more.

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Books & Co recap

The Beavercreek Books & Co. is one of the coolest bookstores I’ve been to. New bookstores tend to sacrifice personality for space and efficiency, but Books & Co. managed to pull off all of these things – lots of books, two marble-like staircases, a fireplace.

One of the many things the store has going for it is public relations director Sharon Kelly Roth. She brings in big time authors like, most recently, Greg Mortensen, and makes the not-so big time authors (ME) feel big time. I spoke at a podium using a mic. There was a projector showing photos from my quest. She introduced me using an introduction she had written. There were several posters of the book and me around the store.

I…

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The weather sucks…

….So please spread the word about my reading tomorrow at Books & Co at the Greene Shopping Center in Dayton. If you know anyone that lives in or around Dayton, demand that they come and ask lots of questions and buy lots of books.

I’ve got this sneaking suspicion that the snow and ice is really going to hurt the turnout. And that would be bad for my ego….

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Book Events

I had a great book signing in Union City this weekend. I got to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time, which was awesome, plus they bought a lot of books – 33!

Tomorrow I’ll be at Indiana University speaking to a composition class in the morning and to the Global Village community from 6-8 PM at Collins Hall.

On Thursday, I’ll at Books & Co. in Dayton at the Greene Mall. Here’s the flyer they sent me promoting the event:

Books and Co

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My ignorance occasionally amuses the Financial Times

Britain’s Financial Times pretty much disembowels WAIW? and its author, yours truly, in today’s paper.

Reviewer Emma Jacobs doesn’t waste any time or, for that matter, the first two sentences before telling us what she thinks:

Kelsey Timmerman’s investigation into the underbelly of globalisation is moronic. I am not being unkind.

My favorite part is how she begins one paragraph, “His ignorance is occasionally amusing.” (Wait, is that a compliment? Did I charm her with my ignorance?) And then begins another paragraph, “Ultimately his ignorance is maddening…” (Darn! I thought I had her.)

I expected bad reviews (maybe not to this extent) and I’ve received one. No big deal. I don’t expect to be the first author ever to not receive a far less than glowing review. …

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Signing in Union City, IN

I’ll be doing a signing at the Union City, IN, Hallmark store this weekend. I expect a fairly decent turnout since Union City is my hometown, as much as a country bumpkin has a hometown. I even mention UC in Where Am I Wearing?:

I didn’t get my first pair of new underwear until I was five. I was a younger brother and younger brothers wear hand-me-downs, even underwear. I never had a pair I could call my own until Mom decided that I deserved a pair of Scooby-Doo Underoos for being good while she shopped in The Boston Store, a small family clothing store where everybody knew everybody and the store clerks knew how to measure and make adjustments. The Boston Store has since gone out of…

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Indiana Kelsey

I’ve documented my obsessions with Indiana Jones here before. Richard Squires, a reader of WAIW? who is now a facebook friend, hooked me up with a great piece of photoshoppery. I plan on using this as my new bio photo everywhere. Maybe Wiley will let me use it on the WAIW? paperback…How awesome would that be?

Thanks Richard!…

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