“The Backpacker” Hitchhikes On Wednesday’s Bookmobile – A Ride Into Danger!

Backpacking The World’s Greatest Places!

What a great way to live: grab a backpack and see the world! Imagine, wandering Southeast Asia with your entire world on your back, stopping off in exotic places like this:

Well, this Wednesday’s Bookmobile is packing up for action, thanks to an Author who did just that: he took off on an adventure that changed his life forever!

“The Backpacker” by John Harris

I originally came across this book when I was in London – and I was instantly mesmerized – it’s the true story of a Brit who goes “on holiday” with his girlfriend in India – but it turned out that this two week trip turned into a two year journey that got increasingly dangerous!

John Harris tells the candid story of a short trip that turned into a life-changing experience…as a short except from the book shows:

“Leaving the blinding sand for the cool shade of the trees, I walked carefully through the undergrowth to where Dave, using two twigs as chopsticks, was picking up a freshly severed human finger . . . ”


So how did Harris find himself “finding a finger”?

The Author’s story begins simply enough: he and his girlfriend decide to backpack across India for two weeks…but things quickly turn sour when his girlfriend doesn’t like the trip and returns home. Left to his own devices, he soon finds himself looking at the sharp end of a knife in a train station cubicle. But his life is saved – and turned upside down – by Rick, an enigmatic fellow traveler who persuades John to question his mundane plans for the future, risking it all for much, much more.

Fast forward to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan, where John, Rick, and their new friend Dave pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of beautiful women, free drugs, and wild beach parties. However, when they find themselves hotly pursued by the Thai Mafia, they embark on adrenaline-fueled journeys to Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong, facing danger at every turn.

This Wednesday’s Bookmobile is a “stranger than fiction” real-life adventure that reads like a thriller – check it out – and if you like real-life tales of adventure travel, you can’t go wrong with this guy:

J. Maarten Troost explored some of the most remote South Seas islands and has incredible funny and informative stories to share! You can see them here:


Let me know your wildest adventure!

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12 replies

  1. I backpacked in Australia for a year – but nothing scary happened. Travel is such a good experience (well maybe not running for your life) but over all…….

  2. I love these kinds of books. I love to travel, but if you can’t get out there yourself, living vicariously is the next best thing. 😉

    have you ever heard of Hokkaido Highway Blues? It’s about a bloke who hitchhikes around Japan…I think you might like that too.

  3. Those pictures are breathtaking! I need to read this book.

  4. I admire his guts. I have never backpacked, or even hitch-hiked. Maybe I should have tried it?
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Wow, this sounds like some adventure, John. A bit to much living in the fast lane for me. I am happy to go on my trip to Scotland with Loch Ness and the Edinburgh ghost tour as my highlights.

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