- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1248 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Publisher: Smashwords (21 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YLNU94
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Secret Confessions of a Backpacker: My Adventure Down Under. Kindle Edition
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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.
She certainly isn't afraid of her sexuality, and it oozes out of the pages of the book - it's a racy, risque memoir, and not for the faint-hearted!
As she travelled around Australia and New Zealand, Laura tried a bit of everything, from rafting to paragliding to outback adventuring - and it was always fascinating to see what happened as a result. She met and interacted with so many people on the trip - to read the book is to get a great insight into the often friendly, sometimes weird, always thrilling and occasionally downright scary world of the backpacker! I'd done a little of this myself, and can vouch for how bizarre the experiences can be - from stalkers to passionate romances, adventures to accidents of serendipity - it's all here, and told in such a way that you can't doubt for one second that this is The Truth. The whole truth - and the no-holds-barred truth!
A very entertaining read.
P.S. This is SO cheap on Amazon - if you're interested in Australia, New Zealand, backpacking, hostel-life, the freedom of travel, relationships etc you'd be mad not to buy it!
Overall a good effort. If you can look past the shortcomings above you'll have an entertaining read.
If you're looking for something to convince you to go to oz, or see what life is like as a backpacker - avoid!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. entertaining, funny, and honest. I've never been to Australia, But L.K. Watts wrote weaved her tales in such a way that now I, at least, feel like I've been there,... Read morePublished on 17 July 2011 by JL Stratton
What a page turner! I wanted to know what would happen next. I loved Laura's writing style which really made her book very readable. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2011 by R.Sawer
If I could give it zero stars I would. How this book could be considered as a backpackers tale I don't know? Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2011 by MrsMulzy
The style of writing in this book is absolutely fantastic. I really enjoyed reading Laura's adventures as they were so thrilling, I couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2011 by pebble