Ten years after its initial debut in paper form, Vagabonding is set to go into an audiobook edition this fall. I’ve recorded the main text, but now I need to add some new “Vagabonding Voices”.
If you’re interested in possibly appearing as a Vagabonding Voice in the audiobook, start by sending me, as text in the body of an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), no more than 150 words (less is better, actually) of insight, per topic, on one or more of the following topics:
2: Making the decision to go, and earning your freedom
3: Simplicity, and saving for the trip
4: Planning and preparing for the journey
5: Getting started, slowing down, going your own way
6: The importance of interacting with people on the road
7: Seeking a more nuanced definition of “adventure”
8: Keeping it real, avoiding pretentiousness and false expectations
9: Working, volunteering, and mixing things up on the road
10: The spiritual-existential aspects of travel
Note that each topic is pegged to a specific chapter in Vagabonding; thus it’s a good idea to re-read the book to get a sense for what I’m looking for.
Deadline is July 26th. Feel free to submit insights for more than one chapter, but keep the word-count under 150 for each. Be sure to include your name, age, hometown, and profession in your submission (see Vagabonding Voices examples in the print version of Vagabonding).
Once the deadline has passed, I will choose 10-12 finalists for each chapter and solicit audio recordings (along with instructions for how to record and upload your audio). From these finalists, 3-4 audio outtakes for each chapter will make it into the audiobook.
I can’t offer payment to those who make the final cut, but I will give you and/or your blogs a shout-out online (and, of course, you’ll have an audio-contributor appearance in the book). If you don’t hear back from me by the beginning of August, this likely means my editors and I haven’t chosen your insights for the book.
Again: Send text first, by email, 150 words or less per chapter-insight, deadline July 26th.
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Quote: “Know yourself as well as possible and organize your trip based on your personality. Go with your own flow, not the flow of others.”
Hometown: Mason, Michigan (USA)
Quote: “The feeling of being out on the road is one of the most freeing experiences I have ever had. Unlike before, this road has no targeted end date.”
Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Quote: “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that most people are incredibly friendly and beyond helpful, often when you need it the most.”
Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
Quote: “You just have to say, ‘this is my plan’ and go about putting things in place necessary to make it happen. And as for those who tell you, you can’t…. run full speed in the opposite direction. It will be the best decision you ever made.”
Hometown: Salt Lake City,Utah
Quote: “I am most looking forward to the moments of clarity when I realize that I am living my dreams.”
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Quote: “One shouldn’t listen too much to what other people say about “dangers” in countries where they never went..”
Hometown: Temecula, California
Quote: “Just because something is scary, doesn’t mean it isn’t doable. You are stronger than you think..”
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Quote: “I was taking off to Africa with a one way ticket, telling everyone, “I could be gone 3 months or 3 years, it’s anyone’s guess.” It was a great reminder that others have done this and made it possible and I could do it too..”
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Quote: “At the end of the day, I evolved from being an outsider looking in to becoming a functioning member of the community. Integration is what vagabonding is about.”