Laura Watts tells it like it is, warts and all, in this candid account of her adventurous year down under. With so much of the world now explored, adventure has taken on a new flavour with the young people of today, but it nevertheless takes courage to fly to the other side of the globe without on the ground support and get stuck in. That approach, of course, is what made Australia the country it is and Laura fitted right in, although not without a few tense moments along the way.
Her candid descriptions take away a lot of the myth about young people travelling yet she makes clear the risks and problems that may need to be faced and dealt with. At times laugh-out-loud funny, her descriptions of life in backpacker hostels are vivid and entertaining. One feels the people she met come to life as she shares events with them, describing many of these and the variety of jobs she takes in intimate detail.
To some her approach to life might seem slightly shocking, even frivolous; others will say "I would never dare do that," but her vitality shines through and she truly demonstrates what having the spirit of adventure means when you are just twenty something in the modern world.
Written in a easy to read style, Laura's openness about her life and attitudes is both and encouragement for those who would follow in her footsteps and an intimate sharing of her own excitement and enjoyment of life. Whilst recounting many of the pitfalls that can beset a backpacker in a foreign land, her story is also uplifting and hopeful.
This is a book all young adventurers should read.