The 48 Year Backpacker

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The 48 Year Backpacker

By Karen Stone


This is a travel diary and history book about the six countries I visited at the age of 48. I went alone. Approaching menopause, unhinged in more ways than one having left a twelve year unsuccessful long distance relationship, I ran away from the mundane. The physical and mental challenges of backpacking as a single, mature woman are shared along with the wonder, delight and hilarious ridiculousness of the unexpected. Stinky hiking boots, unwelcome advances, days of exhaustion and loneliness are threaded with sweet kindness from strangers and warm companionship. The wonder of striking, sacred places I’d day dreamed about for decades will be among my most enduring memories. When I’m wrinkled, frail and only interested in biscuits and my hot water bottle, I'll look back on my incredible adventure.

Available November 2021


Excerpt from The 48 Year Backpacker

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