Hi everyone I’m delighted to share with you the latest exclusive sneak peek book excerpt from my upcoming travel memoir ‘Backpacker to Nomad.’
The book itself is a collection of travel stories including adventures, misadventures and poignant moments that have shaped my nomadic life. However I didn’t just want to write about just the events so the book takes you on a journey through a somewhat tangled mind and shows what I was going through at the specific times, how people have influenced my life, my thought processes and how I turned from naïve newbie backpacker to experienced nomad.
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Broke backpacking New Zealand travel story Overview
Living in a picturesque fairy-tale town surrounded by snow-capped mountains also known to backpackers as neverland came at a cost. Being broke all the time – It was nothing new to Amit but the latest precarious situation was. A choice was needed; the responsible one or the stupid one. He and his Canadian friend chose the latter for adventure & laughs while sticking a middle finger up to life. What could possibly go wrong!
Broke backpacking Zealand goes to new level
Wrapped under two thick duvets, sat in the middle of her bed facing the door with just purple hair flowing and eyes overflowing like a waterfall, she didn’t even wait for me to step inside.
“We’re screwed, they’re kicking us out at the end of the week!”
“What you mean? How? We’re paid up, they can’t just kick us out!” My hands didn’t dare leave my pockets, but my eyebrows ran into my forehead as I responded.
“Yeah, until Friday, but then we have to leave. We have been here five weeks, It’s the maximum they allow. They’ve already booked people in from Saturday. Amit, what are we going to do?” No attempt was made to wipe away the free falling tears.
“Friday? Well we can just go back into a hostel until we find another place. This place is an ice box shit hole anyway.”
Finally my hands left my pocket but darted straight up to scrunch my recently re-grown hair, if the carpet could have been worn out anymore my feet have done it.
Homeless in queenstown
“Amit everywhere is fully booked, hostels, hotels, Air BnB’s – everything. I’ve been ringing all afternoon. There’s that festival this weekend and places have been booked for months. We’re going to be homeless…Like actually homeless!”
Since Australia, well my entire life, being broke and running out of money wasn’t a new concept, money came and went. There have been days spent without a penny to rub and then days flushed of money. But there had always been a roof over my head.
Those words were like bullets piercing through the heart, causing my body to fall back onto my bed. There are not many lower levels to sink to in my life, but this was a new low.
“Fuck my life!”
My head started to spin trying to think of how to get out the latest predicament but one of my inner voices wasn’t allowing me to think straight. It was that parallel life again, on the one hand amazing, living in a fantasy fairy-tale and on the other hand reality kicking me in the teeth. I just couldn’t win.
to be sensible or stupid
‘Homeless? Fuck off you kidding me, how the fuck we gonna be homeless? Fucking homeless!’
The white foam ceiling tiles that also wrapped around the walls felt like they were caving in.
“I hate this place.” Amy whaled out as the dam burst
“I’ve got $75 worth of vouchers, think that will help? Shall we just get pissed and figure it out tomorrow?” Like the dead rising the drinks vouchers rest in my hand.
“NO, We need to sort this tonight. This is serious, we need to figure something out. I’m not being homeless.”
Her purple hair erupted like a volcano from the duvets, that might not have been the best thing to suggest to her. I tried to get back on track.
For the first time Amy, swept away the lake from her eyes and the waterfall falling off her cheeks.
“There is one option, It’s not sensible at all, we could end up being in an even worse situation next week”
“Rob a bank or go to the casino put everything we have on black and hope for the best?”
“Close but no, I think my idea is riskier. We just say fuck it.
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A middle finger to life while broke backpacking New zealand
Hip-Hop music from the 2000’s, more specifically 50 Cent blasted out the awful crackling speakers from the cheapest beat up rental car we could find while it snaked through the snow dripped valleys enroute from Queenstown to Wanaka. It was the first time since arriving that I was out of the bubble. I had almost forgot there was an actual world outside of Queenstown.
We stuck our proverbial middle fingers up at life’s relentless pursuit and attempts to fuck with us. When life beats on you so much there is only so much that one can take and there is nothing left to do than to stop and laugh back at it.
That is exactly what we were planning to do. We needed to laugh and laugh hard. Like the true responsible adults we swept our problems under the carpet for future Amit and Amy to deal with.
So much good luck!
The twisty and winding roads were familiar from traveling through with Alex. Back then they were naked basking in the summer sun, now all of them wore thick white coats shivering in the winter sun, however, they sparkled.
The raggedy car chocked to a stop breaking the thoughts.
“Seriously? Why…” Amy’s hands smacked across the steering wheel huffing out a puff off air.
She stopped herself from talking and while a torrent of abuse would have been justified, laughter burst out instead as the car decided to go to sleep while bellowing out thick grey smoke.
“I tell you what, It’s not fair the amount of amazing luck we have. Somebody should take it from us” I laughed while sinking further into the seat.
It just had to happen, and right here, in the middle of the valley with temperatures as cold as Antarctica out there.
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