This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a fake guide or two, a mean Dutch man, a magic whirlpool, a nasty case of Typhoid and a severe case of mountain stupidity are told with the confidence of a traveler who has discovered that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end.
Guest Review by Sal
If you like travel and adventure, even if it is just from an arm chair, you are going to want this book! Amanda Jayne has traveled to many different countries and at every turn has encountered near death experiences.
In Japan, on a drunken night, a bunch of English teachers agreed they would climb Mt. Fuji. They found out that most people climb at night so set a time to meet the next evening. Only one person showed up besides Amanda. It would have been evident to anyone who has done mountain climbing that they both arrived ill equipped. They learned two valuable lessons: do what the locals do and be prepared for everything. “Reasons for near-death: Ignoring all advice on mountains and mountain sickness; Stupidity.”
In Nepal, on the Bhote Kosi River, Amanda went rafting. Just getting to the river was an adventure which included hiking, giardia (and finding place to have diarrhea), and a packed bumpy bus ride. Then the real fun and danger began. “Reasons for near-death: Attempting to tackle a set of rapids without a raft; a vicious whirlpool.”
The Amazon, Bolivia, Amanda signed up for an eco-friendly raft trip down the river with a so called, experienced guide. “Reasons for near-death: Inexperienced guide on his first trip; getting lost in serpent infested waters; possible implosion due to infuriating Dutch man.”
These are just a few of the experiences Amanda Jayne had during her travels. To read the full stories and about her other hair rising travels, you will have to read the book. It is well written, with lots of humor and captures the places and situations so well that I felt as if I were there. You can get lost in this book in the safety of your arm chair and avoid the danger Amanda Jayne got in too. If you are a real adventure traveler, you can learn to avoid some of the pit falls. I give this book five stars!
Praise for Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind
“A fabulous book that makes you smile all the way through; the stories of Amanda’s adventures and her zest for life flows from the pages and makes you on the one hand, wonder how she has survived and the other embrace her energies. A book that you don’t want to put down and leaves you in a happy place.”- Richard Newey, Amazon Review
Amanda Jayne never wanted to live a normal life, which she has achieved with resounding success so far. She realised books were magic and could take you to other places, times and universes when she was very young and wanted to become an author immediately. However, she waited several decades so she could do other things first.
Her love for travel began with a six month South Africa trip at age 18 and continued with short jaunts in Eastern Europe during the years she worked in the mental health field.
As soon as she realised offices, rules and regulations were not her thing, she left her job and her native England to find out more about the world and the amazing array of people living in it. She spent 10 years living and travelling in various countries and finally returned to the UK in 2009 after gaining a masters in Spiritual Psychology in the USA and walking 1,200 km around the 88 temples pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan.
These days she teaches Jikiden Reiki, makes websites and writes books. She’s sometimes quite busy. Some of the things she loves are trees, art, being with friends, making up stories for her nephews, karaoke, cats and dark chocolate, not necessarily in that order. She lives in a quiet corner of Kent in the UK and tries, but usually fails, to stay there for long periods of time.
This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one print or ebook copy of the book. Print is open to the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends November 30, 2018, midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.
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