This page will stand as a working bibliography and reference source.
A few books have been given to me in the past few years with helpful intentions. My purpose is to use these books throughout my journey and throughout my writing.
Off the Map – Anonymous
This book was gifted to me by my soul sister, travel mentor, and co-conspirator, Kjelti Anderson. It has since kept us both company on shared and individual trips. It passes hands to whoever needs it most. It contains small stories with words of poetic wisdom, written by two women squatting and hitching across Europe.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go (Party Edition) – Dr. Seuss
One of the only Christmas presents received this year, from my older brother Zach Taylor. A perfect gift right before leaving, Dr. Seuss says it all. I especially like the paragraph about waiting. As glamorous as travel sounds, a large part of it is spent doing just that. Although I couldn’t fit the book with me.. the words carry on.. and hopefully I’ll “find that bright place where the Boom Bands are playing.”
The Worst-Case Scenario (Little Book for Survival) – Josh Piven and David Borgenicht
Gifted by my mother before my first big trip across seas.. this book serves as a constant reminder that it could always be worse.
Other Inspirational Links –
This amazing stage company was traveling around Greece three summers ago, when I had the opportunity to check out one of their shows. Their main mission is to bring theatre, creativity and imagination to smaller towns that usually don’t get big productions. They have created a fully working theatre ship that does just that. It’s pretty amazing.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
A great resource when traveling if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. It’s a work exchange program for travelers who are interested in sustainable living. General agreement is that you work 4-8 hours a day in exchange for room and board. I’ve used the program or affiliates in Australia, Turkey, Canada and now the USA.
A similiar resource.. if you’re staying in the city. A huge network of wonderful people willing to open their doors to travelers in return for their stories. (I always try to wash a few dishes in return. )