Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke
If I was to rate Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke based on an attention-grabbing title, I’d give it a perfect 10. After all, the bold title is what leapt up off the shelf at me and made me pick it up.
It may not be the travel guide of choice for everyone, but it’s a fun read that has good travel tips for the young and the young at heart.
Why It’s a Great Travel Book
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first: this book was written for the 35 & under crowd.
That’s not to say that the day you hit 36 you immediately crumple over and turn into a boring shell of your former self. I don’t care about all that. Life is to be enjoyed and you’re only as old as you feel. Young, Sexy, and Broke just knows its target audience and goes all in with it.
The book is broken up into three parts, titled “Get Out There,” “Get Your Shit Together,” and “Make Yourself Useful.” I think this is cool because on top of showing you the best beaches in Bali to get shitfaced, it also teaches you how to give back to the communities you travel through. You’ll learn how to choose a good around-the-world travel backpack. You’ll learn about volunteer opportunities (“voluntourism”), ethical travel practices, etc. It’s not all sex and partying.
Having said that:
Like I said, the book knows who its audience is, and goes hard with it. But it’s not all high-octane debauchery.
One particularly useful section of this book dispels myths about traveling in foreign countries. It has answers to very valid concerns like
“I can’t afford it.”
“I’m scared of getting shanked abroad.”
“Hostels scare the shit out of me.”
“I don’t have the time.”
These are all worries that people have when contemplating going abroad. Indeed, you SHOULD be asking those questions and entertaining those second thoughts. The more mature side of this book provides counter-points to everything you may be concerned about. I think it provides excellent inspiration to just go and DO IT (when you’re ready).
Just remember that inspiration only gets the ball rolling; be sure to do your due dilligence researching your destination and being as safe as possible. Once you’ve done all that, pack your bags, get out there, and go wild!
I’m sure the good people at Off Track Planet didn’t mean for a book with the words “Young,” “Sexy,” and “Broke” in the title to spark a philosophical discussion on the nature of age, but it did get me thinking. In the US especially, we tend to have this notion that travel is something you do just after college, and then never again until you retire. Sure, you have to take care of business, but I disagree that you’re failing at life if you don’t “put away childish things” when you hit 25.
I’ve met many people in their late-30s, 40s, and 50s in hostels. I’ve noticed that people from other countries tend to have less of a stigma around befriending and partying with people who aren’t the standard definition of “young.” Cool people are cool people, and a lot of the stuff in this book is not exclusively the domain of 20-somethings.
Sure, if you’re of a certain age, maybe don’t hit on 22-year-old chicks, but beyond that, do you. Have fun. The world is meant to be traveled and it’s meant to be explored and it’s meant to be appreciated, no matter how old you are.
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