Usually when I travel, I make the mistake of bringing too many things to do – too many books, too many drawing supplies, etc. – only to bring them all back home, together with a dose of guilt for not having been more “productive.”
On my recent trip to Portugal, though, I wised up and took only ONE book…
Which I was fortunate to have received an advance copy of from author and blogger Chris Guillebeau. (The book actually launches officially today, so if you’re interested, you can pick up a copy here.)
I’m not exactly a stranger to the concept of quests – my 365 days of A Design a Day jewelry design posts on this blog was a quest of sorts for me – but I’ve been feeling a bit rudderless of late. So this book was the perfect read for me. First off, I love, love the title – and reading a book written by someone who had the courage, patience and persistence to travel to EVERY country in the world was inspiring and reassuring as I braved some of the more stressful moments of my trip to Portugal.
Will I be undertaking my own world trip soon? No. Mastering the sport of kick-boxing before my next overseas trip? No (but it might have come in handy when I was almost robbed in the subway station in Lisbon…but more on that in a later post.)
No, my next quest, while still somewhat ambiguous in my mind, will revolve around building confidence…my own! As I figure out the hows and whys, I’ll keep you posted.