(Last Updated On: February 15, 2022)
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Hi everyone I’m delighted to share with you an exclusive sneak peak into the third travel story from Volume 1 of the new travel memoir.

As many regular readers will no doubt know through 2021 while stuck at home in England through Covid restrictions I thought it was the perfect time to reflect and look back at my insane traveling life which span nearly a decade. In doing so I started to write a memoir of sorts.

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.

Every travel memoir excerpt will be released leading up to the launch which as of speaking will be May 2022 

I hope you enjoy Sneak peek post #3: (kamakaze Pilot & castaway trip Australia) and of course sign up for the VIP newsletter for access to exciting FREEBIES, reveals, Pre-sale list and much more.

Kamakaze Pilot & castaway trip overview

Adventures could turn into misadventures with the flip of a coin for Amit, even with a new found purpose & a promise that couldn’t be broken. A year & a half into this reality he felt experienced and ready for the latest adventure, but life hadn’t stopped messing with him. Some harrowing news shook Amit to the core, not to mention being trapped with a Kamikaze pilot & the castaway trip Australia!

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Castaway trip Australia with a kamikaze pilot

Before I could reply to Tom, two vest top wearing backpackers, who shook more than the palms leaves above appeared from the jetty. They both looked rough and in dire need of a shower.

               “This pilot is bullsheet, crazy, crazy. Good luck!” said of them in a thick French accent while powering right by us down the sandy path to the open road.

Like a kangaroo the cacky shorts, sandal wearing pilot jumped out in front of us.

               “Serious question – Are ya two scared little Sheila’s too or do ya have a pair of cahoonas?”

Both of us nodded without saying a word, grabbed our bags knowing the other was thinking the same and sprinted through the loosely fitted wooden jetty as the small sea plane came into view. I called it first while pulling and pushing each other, grabbing onto each other’s bag, fighting, and climbing over each other for the passenger seat like two little kids.

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Leaving Agnes water mainland

“Shotgun!”

“Fair dinkum, you boys seem a lot more excited than ya friends.” The wacky pilot followed while laughing as I rest against the passenger side door.

It didn’t even occur to ask him what the Island was like. I think we wanted it to be a surprise the tingle of fear of the unknown felt exciting. Tom jumped in the back before I slid onto the passenger the side beside the pilot. All other thoughts had disappeared, and the dark cloud had momentarily vanished too as he handed over the headset.

“Ready co-pilot” He asked.

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Calm before the storm

My heart skipped a beat hearing the words, It was the first time since Fraser Island there was a genuine cheesy grin plastered on my face. Just as the propellers started to spin and the engine turned, vibrations shot through the seat but so did adrenaline.

I could feel it coursing through my veins. All the dials on the wooden dashboard started to move, along with the adrenaline the a cocktail nerves jangled mixed together as the plane started to move. As big as my grin was the pilots was even bigger as he looked across.

               “Gnarly hey?” His words came through my headset.

I nodded back my eyes fixed out the window as we skimmed over the calm waters. It was another first experience to tick off the ever growing list. For the first time since meeting him, the pilot was calm and acted like an actual pilot. Up until now it seemed like he had taken too much acid and mushrooms in his life. 

Something dropped in the pit of my stomach as the plane lifted, turning back to see Tom’s matching cheesy grin looking out the window.

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Feel the moment

More air was felt between the plane and the sea, slowly rising high into the cloudless sky. The plain reached It’s altitude but was still close enough to see the pristine coastline and the foamy waves lapping onto the golden beach. The further out the plane went the sea started to turn colour, the foamy white replaced by tranquil emerald, the waves gently rolled over the calm surface.

It was moments like this that are made to savour and makes all the bullshit worth it going through. I was learning to capture and feel moments like this while backpacking Australia

Even with the engine roaring and propellers buzzing through the headphones it felt as peaceful as calm as the sea below. The emerald ocean turned lighter into a blinding blue to match the sky, only dots of Islands in the distance interrupted the sea.

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Dolphin spotting

               “This is amazing. See you would have missed this if you went back to Sydney.” Toms hand pushed against my shoulder, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the view outside.

               “Lemme know if ya spot any dolphins, there are always pods around. I’ll take us down to them.” His words came through the headset once more. The pilot opened up his window letting in a blast of warm air and caused Tom to sit back.

As soon as the words computed my eyes turned into sniper scopes on the hunt. It had been a good twenty minutes since taking off and nothing had interrupted to sea yet. Without warning my hands instantly grabbed hold of the pleather seat, gripping tight.

 The plane started to shake unnaturally, bouncing in the sky like a speed boat over choppy water, climbing dropping climbing dropping, bowing left to right. That feeling in the pit of my stomach was going again but I was trying not to show any emotion.

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Just a bit of turbulence

               ‘Oh momma, what the fuck is happening?’ cried one of my inner voices.

               “Not scared of a little turbulence are ya boys? If you need to throw up, just open the windows and let loose. It’s chowder for the fish.” Teased the pilot through the headset.

It was a clear sky, no clouds in sight or any wind, where was the turbulence coming from. My eyes noticed his hands on the steering wheel, he was doing it on purpose.

“Ahh just testing ya out boys, any dolphins yet?”

There was nothing but vivid blue ocean. I don’t know what noise leapt from my mouth, but it wasn’t mine; it was of a five year old girls. My guts filled my throat as he flipped the plane on it’s side and nosedived straight for the sea.

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I don’t want to die!

         ‘Holy fuck what you doing you crazy bastard we’re actually gonna die.’

No actual words could come out while my skin clenched as tight as my teeth, and fingers dug into the pleather seat. All excitement had evaporated, a noise that shouldn’t come out of a grown man’s escaped again with my eyes bulged nearly popping out the sockets.

Not just my guts but all organs slammed against my throat, the voices within were screaming, even inner demons were hanging on for dear life.

       ‘Don’t like this, oh lord Jesus what the hell did I do to deserve this’ cried one, the other was louder,

        “I don’t wanna die like this, please don’t kill me. not in the sea!’ cried an inner voice.

A highlight reel of my life started to flash by as the ocean lifted to swallow the plummeting plane. My body didn’t need any help from the vibrating plane to shake like it was, fear was doing that all by itself. I braced for impact with my heart ready to explode, this was how it would all end – It was all over…

Goodbye world!

Read full castaway trip australia story in new travel memoir

Read the full Castaway trip Australia story in the travel memoir to find out how this travel story unfolds and what impact and significance it had on the evolution from backpacker to nomad. Remember this was just a snippet and nothing is ever straightforward so all is not what it seems.

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Exclusive 3rd sneak peak travel story: castaway trip Australia from the travel memoir by Amit Vaidya. Death comes knocking #travelbooks #travelmemoirs #travelstories #newbooks #lovereading #lovememoirs #memoirs #books #adventurebooks #backpacking
Exclusive 3rd sneak peak travel story: castaway trip Australia from the travel memoir by Amit Vaidya. Death comes knocking #travelbooks #travelmemoirs #travelstories #newbooks #lovereading #lovememoirs #memoirs #books #adventurebooks #backpacking
Exclusive 3rd sneak peak travel story: castaway trip Australia from the travel memoir by Amit Vaidya. Death comes knocking #travelbooks #travelmemoirs #travelstories #newbooks #lovereading #lovememoirs #memoirs #books #adventurebooks #backpacking
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