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  • A Backpacker's Life Book Project

    "Write a book" has been on my bucket list at number 19 since 2006, which is pretty high considering there's an additional 150 items below it. After the last few years, and after a lot of encouragement from readers, I finally feel like I have something worth writing about.


    The book will be about walking away from what was a comfortable okay life, albeit a inexplicably discontented one, with only what I could carry on my shoulders, to take a shot at living an amazing life. It won't just be an exact copy of the blog or a series of journal entries. It will be a story, filled with many things I have written about here, but also some things I never got around to telling. There will be stories from:

    • Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, Wonderland Trail, and John Muir Trail. 
    • Road-tripping around America for 25,000 miles
    • Hitchhiking coast-to-coast across America
    • Walking across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England
    • Cycling around Spain
    Here are a few selected stories to give you examples of these life-changing experiences:
    I'm doing this fundraiser to give me the added motivation to finish the book, and of course, help fund the printing costs.


    Anyone interested in contributing to this project, will receive one or more of the following when it is complete. If you would like to show your support and pledge, just click on an option below. As a thank you for anyone who has already donated to my blog before starting this fundraiser, I will also be sending you the gift(s) below. Thanks again for all of you who have donated so far!

    Pledge $10 or more

    4 backers

    Receive a copy of the ebook and your name listed on the blog's donation page

    Pledge $25 or more

    6 backers

    Receive a signed copy of the book in addition to the ebook version, and your name listed on the blog's donation page

    Pledge $50 or more

    9 backers

    Receive a companion photo book, which will reference back to pages in the book, a signed copy of the book, in addition to the ebook version, and your name listed on the blog's donation page.

    Pledge $100 or more 

    12 backers

    Get your name printed in the acknowledgements in the back of the book, the companion photo book, a signed copy of the book, the ebook version of the book, and your name listed on the blog's donation page.

    Questions or Comments?

    If you have any questions or comments about this book or anything else, please email me at ryan@abackpackerslife.com.