Join Mark and Helen, who sailed their catamaran, Charabia, from Florida to the Panama Canal, that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, to Australia.
Sail with them as they cruise the Australian east coast from Bundaberg to Sydney, navigating picturesque bays, rivers and harbors. Travel with them as they explore several Australia states and cities from their bucket list.
Follow them as they continue to fulfill their dreams in this second book in The Unstoppable Dream series.
Meet Helen Humphreys
Helen Humphreys, author of The Unstoppable Dream, sailing adventure, grew up in Canada, earning a Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. She is a Reiki Master, Shamanic Touch Master, Medium, Clinical Hypnotherapist and sailor. Helen and her husband, Mark, reside in Jacksonville, Florida.
This story picks up from Overlanding Part One, which ended at the Turkish border with Iran, and finishes in the Netherlands. Of all my travels in the 1980s, in terms of time spent, undoubtedly no journey made such a deep and lasting impression on me as this overland trip from Karachi to Rotterdam, which in total took just a little over three weeks. Not only did it unceremoniously blow away many of my own preconceived notions of life in Pakistan and Iran, it was also a harsh lesson for me as a traveller in the virtues of being prepared for any journey into terra incognita. Additionally, the first part of the journey, from Karachi to the Turkish border with Iran, was relatively dangerous, not due to involving difficult terrain, but rather to man-made hazards. But overall, the journey turned out to be something I originally had never suspected for a moment it would be: an intensive course in the follies of racial prejudice and ethnic chauvinism.
Meet Alix Lee
I am a Taiwan national, born and bred in the UK. I began travelling in 1981 and soon found I couldn’t stop….
Discover historic wonders and modern delights guaranteed to enlarge your heart and expand your understanding of Canada and its people.
Veteran travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood share their adventures and misadventures on this scintillating cruise of exploration.
Join them for an unforgettable journey through part of the largest country in the Western Hemisphere.
In “Cruising from Boston to Montreal” readers will:
– attend a rousing baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park
– Learn Alexander Graham Bell’s involvement with Canada’s first airplane flight.
– Visit the Prince Edward Island farm that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables books.
– Discover how lobster graduated from barnyard feed to gourmet fare.
– Sail Canada’s greatest waterway, the mighty Saint Lawrence River.
– View breath-taking cathedrals and romantic lighthouses.
– Discover Halifax’s heart-breaking connection with the Titanic tragedy.
– and much more.
This travel memoir will introduce you to the fascinating heroes, stunning beauty and staggering tragedies that have helped shape Canada’s Maritimes, Quebec City, and Montreal.
“The first-person descriptions read with the drama of fiction and the excitement of journal writing….” – Midwest Book Review
Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood
Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They’ve camped in national parks, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and wintry surf along the rugged beaches of Northern California.
They’ve ridden Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel, Norway’s Flam Railway, and Ushuaia’s train at the end of the world.
They’ve photographed Gibraltar’s Barbary apes and Gentoo Penguins frolicking in the surf on Falkland Island beaches.
Everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments with their cameras and notebooks, moments to share with their readers. Their award-winning work has been published in magazines and newspapers.
“We write to encourage others to travel, to take a break from their ordinary routine and discover the many rewards of traveling with your eyes wide open,” Sunny said.
Al added, “We also write to share the wonder of our own travels. To help you feel what it’s like to be on a cruise ship, or wandering the back alleys of Venice, Italy. We hope our books give readers a real sense of our travel adventures.”
Experience the challenges and joys of making a difference while meeting new friends all over the world
Many people dream of seeing the world and making a difference. Not everybody will act on that dream, an undertaking that can be scary and overwhelming. Kandy puts those feelings aside and sets off to volunteer as a nurse in Peru. But things do not always work out as expected. Kandy does not know that she will end up doing voluntary work as a nurse in Guatemala, with children in Thailand and South Africa, and dogs in Jamaica and Mexico. She is left stranded in the middle of nowhere, jumps off the world’s highest commercial bridge, connects with monkeys, snorkels with seals, and so much more!
Will the joys of her self-discovery journey outweigh the hardships, or will she want to return to a stable life in Canada?
Love, Travel, andVolunteering is a travelogue about self-discovery and making a difference. It captures the many obstacles that need to be overcome as a solo traveller. This travelogue is a must-read for those who love books that take them around the world and talk about different cultures as well as the challenges and joys of volunteering abroad.
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REVIEWS “What a gift to read about in a day and time where everyone remains so self-centered and the news is so depressing. THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK!!!! This is where you are uplifed and encouraged! What are you waiting for?!?! Get out – enjoy life – do good! Thank you for sharing your heart and passion for life!”
“Great read, very inspiring. The author’s journey touched my soul. This book is a road map for anyone looking for adventure and wanting to make a difference in the world.”
“As a longtime, solo backpacker volunteer traveler myself, I am glad to see other female volunteers sharing their experiences to encourage others to do the same. We can all help each other out – and doing so in other countries breaks down barriers and stereotypes while buidling empathy and understanding.”
“If you’re intending on setting off into the world, and thinking of volunteering in third-world countries, this book gives a lot of tips and experiences about the subject. The author combines her own experiences working with children and animals in very undeveloped regions, with lists of items you would need to know if you want to follow in her footsteps. A useful book to have with you on your journey.”
“Do good and be good! I love this book and the author’s down to earth manner and real-life stories! I couldn’t help using one of the stories in a sermon I was preaching because of its relevance and the lesson learned (something that is soooo valuable).”
Meet Kandy Ostrosky
Kandy is from Hamilton, Ontario. She has been a registered practical nurse since 2012 and began her career on a stroke rehabilitation unit. Currently, she works on a neurobehavioural unit. Her love and passion for nursing and helping people created her desire to volunteer in underdeveloped countries. She began journaling her trips in 2017 and will continue to journal her future adventures, as she wants to create a second part of this travelogue.
The very concept of New York City conjures up a wealth of emotions in many people. For writer Joanie Strulowitz, it has always been a place of magic: an enticing playground, a cascade of art, a wonderland of fascinating characters, a youth serum to keep her feeling forever young.
Believing herself to be a New Yorker who just happened to be born in Iowa, Strulowitz felt the tantalizing call of Manhattan from the time she was four, and eventually made her home there. In this love song to the City, she pays adoring tribute to the essence of Manhattan from its intense pace and the pounding excitement in the air to the funky charm and even the glittering pavement that provides a stage on which it all unfolds.
The City is her laboratory, her art studio, and the extraordinary inspiration for this collection of captivating vignettes. In each short but sublime piece, Strulowitz evokes the luminous ambiance that has lured artists and adventure seekers to the island metropolis for generations: enthralling chance encounters, the slightly terrifying exhilaration of first subway rides, the soothing clink of silverware in a favorite sidewalk cafe, the urge to break into song when discovering a perfect little boutique.
Anyone who has lived in New York City, played tourist there, or just dreamed of paying a visit will find something to love in this transcendent appreciation of the jewel-encrusted celebration of life and art that is Manhattan.
Meet Joanie Strulowitz
ALTHOUGH JOANIE STRULOWITZ is seasoned in numerous aspects of the arts and business, writing has always been her baby. While raising her two daughters in Iowa, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Years later, after finding her first apartment in Los Angeles, she discovered that–magnetically–the SCBWI offices were two blocks from her front door. Originally from Iowa and later Chicago, Strulowitz moved to New York because, as she explains in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), “My soul has always lived there, and my body needs to catch up.” With a memory that is largely emotive, she recalls almost every square inch of how she felt growing up. As an observer who always thought something was wrong with her because she didn’t fit in, she discovered that writing books, and being involved with all of the arts, help to make sense of life. Now she seeks to be the voice she searched for, so the lessons she learned can help others to find the gifts in their differences–and to believe in themselves and their dreams. Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) in Los Angeles, writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or completing her YA fantasy novel during Pilates sessions.
A shared passion for exploration. The Mediterranean trip of their dreams. There’s no better time for adventure than right now.
Enthusiastic explorers Al and Sunny Lockwood treasure the challenge and excitement of travel. From train rides through the Smokies to campouts in Yellowstone, they’ve documented their travel adventures to critical acclaim. With retirement, they expand their horizons and ship off for a new adventure in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Come along with Al and Sunny as they experience the dazzling beauty of the Greek Isles, the mouthwatering delights of Italian cuisine, the unique calls to prayer chanted from Istanbul’s minarets.
You’ll hold your breath riding the sky-high Acropolis lift, marvel at the lacework canals of Venice, and lose yourself in the rich wares and aromas of the Grand Bazaar.
Their daily excursions will expand your mind and deepen your understanding as you find yourself immersed in the Mediterranean’s vibrant array of cultures and history.
In Cruising the Mediterranean you’ll discover:
Personal reflections, insights and humor
Intriguing facts about Mediterranean history, landmarks and cultures
Tips for pacing your daily outings to conserve energy and maintain interest
Ways to adopt an adventuresome spirit so that obstacles or disappointments don’t ruin your pleasure
The emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual benefits of travel and much, much more!
Cruising the Mediterranean is a breathtaking travelogue for explorers who refuse to let aging limit their adventures.
If you like warm personal stories, cultural journeys, and actionable tips for planning your own cruise adventure, then you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s inspirational memoir capturing the heart of the Mediterranean.
Buy Cruising the Mediterranean today and join them on a timeless, unforgettable journey!
Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood
Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.
In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.
The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”
Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal. Then they visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, and various Greek islands.
They’ve traveled eastern Canada, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Together they’ve visited more than 30 countries on six continents.
“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine and take a chance on adventure and fun.”
A small Caribbean island. An underwater explorer turned father. Can he rediscover Bonaire through the curious eyes of a child?
Gem-clear water, warm tropical trade breezes, and graceful sea turtles soaring through a brilliant theater of kaleidoscopic coral. It’s the place that avid scuba diver and famed Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton described as “a world of riotous, outrageous color” during his visit here decades earlier. This is Bonaire, and with its protected nearshore reef system and sweeping conservation efforts, the small Caribbean island has earned the title it boasts on its license plates: Diver’s Paradise.
Drawn to Bonaire in his twenties, Andrew Jalbert transformed a passion for travel, scuba diving and the natural world into a career as a writer and underwater photographer. But when he was unexpectedly gifted with fatherhood at age forty-three, he faced the challenge of merging two seemingly incompatible lives. Determined to pass on his appreciation for this tropical paradise, Andrew annually took his son to the place he’d come to love. And over the course of their week-long excursion when the boy was five, the doting dad found the isle’s magic renewed by an insatiably curious child.
Told in lyrical prose, Jalbert recounts both his early days exploring Bonaire’s underwater treasures and the wonders of his kindergartner’s fascination. Along the way, he relates the island’s natural and cultural history, illuminates the critical need for conservation, and realizes life seen through the eyes of the young is among the greatest visions imaginable.
If you like evocative descriptions, exploration, wisdom conveyed with humor, and educational asides, then you’ll adore this expertly woven travel memoir.
Buy Back on Bonaire and discover the book Indie Reader calls a “wise and witty travelogue”.
Meet Andrew Jalbert
Andrew Jalbert is an award-winning photographer, writer, and doting father. Throughout his twenty-five years as an archaeologist, scuba instructor and dive guide he has traveled extensively, publishing work on prehistoric sites, shipwrecks, travel, dive safety, and marine conservation. Jalbert lives in Monona, Wisconsin with his wife Becky and their son Luc.
This second edition has been comprehensively revised, updated, and expanded, and includes a variety of additional photos. Newly brimful and fresh, an extended version to take this modern-day odyssey to the next level of fun, fascination — and happy endings.
Readers are calling this the male version of Eat Pray Love! Phil goes digital nomad for a year-long odyssey, traveling to 12 cities in 12 months on 4 continents. What these cities are ‘really like’ will make you laugh, think, learn and even cringe a little. The author’s personal journey of self-discovery adds up to a year of life-changing experiences: what’s personal is universal.
More than a bucket list on steroids, this memoir reveals tales of food, love, and life in far off lands. Phil aims to inspire readers to pursue their own dreams and aspirations through the joy of travel. Have Laptop, Will Travel!
• THAILAND – Let me tell you about the time I saved Victor’s life.
• MALAYSIA – All seemed as it should … but nothing prepared me for what happened next. I was about to doze off into Phil-land when I heard and felt a loud explosion. It sounded like a bomb. I knew something was very wrong.
• CORDOVA – As I stepped off the curb to cross the street, a huge bonfire was lit right in front of me…in the middle of the street! The flames nearly exploded as the protesters fueled it with more gasoline. My cheeks felt like they were burning, and I’m surprised my eyebrows didn’t get singed from my front row view. This is the kind of thing you only see on the nightly news, and there I was in the middle of it all.
• PERU – I was far, far away. But there, right next to me, was my dead body. I couldn’t look away. It was as if my ability to move my eyeballs was disabled. I could hear familiar, distant spirit voices asking me if I wanted to be buried in a coffin or cremated. I couldn’t tell them. I was already dead.
• MEXICO – I was climbing into a hot air balloon that would carry us thousands of feet into the sky, held aloft by a nylon sack and propelled by wind and fire. Wicker, nylon, human flesh—all the things that should not be in close proximity to naked flames. And how the hell do you steer the thing? Ummm, you don’t! I fell apart, involuntarily, as my fear of heights overtook me like never before. I needed to be bitch-slapped but no one was “up” for it (excuse the pun).
Yearning to find your Authentic Voice? Uncover the process to participate more authentically in the project we call humanity•••
Rare are the spaces in which we can look inwardly at who we are. There is no horizon to do so more intimately than reading one’s biography. Reflect on what and who you are. What constitutes your core self? What should that be?
While there is no such thing as an “Authenticity Expert,” you now have a viable alternative. Morhaf Al Achkar obtained his Ph.D in education and is currently a practicing family physician at the University of Washington. He was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, his research has focused on the experiences of patients living with cancer. His first book is based on interviews he did with 39 patients who live, like him, with advanced illness. He explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience. Using his own experiences and deep knowledge of philosophical concepts, Morhaf shares his understanding of authenticity from the perspective of someone aware of his own finitude.
By following along with his fascinating life story, Morhaf invites you on a journey of dialogue and reflection to live a more authentic and purposeful life with integrity.
By engaging with the author’s story in Being Authentic, you will:
Garner the bravery to look at your own and be more authentic
Strive to connect with the poet, artist, writer, dancer, and actor in every one of us
Discover how other people around the world live, treasure their input, and be tolerant of unconventional behavior
Learn how to heal, forgive, and let go of resentment to live a more positive life
Develop better coping skills and become more resilient in the face of pandemic-like events
And much, much more!
Being Authentic: A Memoir™ is the second book in Dr. Alachkar’s self-help series. The first was on resilience and meaning.
Dr. Alachkar’s Memoir shares genuine emotion, heartbreaks and great successes, and encourages us to be our authentic selves. This Memoir highlights our humanity’s purpose to share our story and of our fear of being forgotten after death and yet to live each day. If you like easy and genuine reads that tell it to you straight, then be sure to get your FREE Kindle Copy of Morhaf’s Being Authentic
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Meet Morhaf Al Achkar
My name is Morhaf Al Achkar. I was born in Aleppo-Syria in 1983. I migrated to the United States in 2006 after finishing medical school. I also obtained a Ph.D. in Education from Indiana University. Currently, I am a practicing family physician and associate professor at the University of Washington.
In 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Since then, my research has focused on the experience of patients living with cancers. My first book is based on interviews I did with 39 patients who live, like me, with advanced illness. I explored how these patients find meaning, cope, and build resilience
Writing my memoir was my attempt to reconstruct my narrative. I did not want to be defined as a cancer patient nor as someone living with resilience despite cancer. I wanted to be me again: A Syrian Immigrant.
“When it came right down to it, our dream trip felt like falling off a cliff.”
After early retirement, in 2017 Pam and her husband Dave packed four suitcases and one beer cooler full of insulin and boarded a one-way flight to Italy for a year-long dream trip.
The dream was to live like locals, find out-of-the-way restaurants, and watch the seasons change. But behind every dream, there is the reality.
What happens when two people retire from their full-time jobs and realize they have developed separate lives? Is it possible to reconnect, despite the stress of traveling, while living alone together, 24/7, in small apartments? Is there such a thing as too much togetherness? Their dream trip came with other challenges—managing Pam’s Type 1 diabetes, dodging political unrest in Barcelona, and navigating water restrictions in Egypt.
Through the ups and downs of travel, Pam and Dave start to rebuild their lives together… and look for a little adventure.
Meet Pam Saylor
Pam Saylor grew up in the landlocked Midwest, reading books and dreaming of travel. While on a year-long trip visiting nine countries and two continents, she managed to control her Type 1 diabetes and reconnect with her husband. A former paralegal turned contented retiree and travel addict, Pam lives with her husband Dave in Colorado. Pam and Dave are currently busy trying to agree on their next adventure. Braving the World: Adventures in Travel and Retirement is her first book.