I came up with the idea to write a book when I got fed up with people saying things like, “Oh Sasha, I wish I could live like you, but I don’t have enough money!” I wanted to explain that I barely ever had much money and that traveling around the world doesn’t require a lot of money. It does, however, require a different kind of lifestyle and world view. I wanted to explain what this lifestyle and world view was all about, so I started writing.
At first, I wrote this blog and a few stories, then I decided to detail my entire thirteen-year-long journey around the world in one long book. This has been a massive challenge for me, since at first I couldn’t even make an accurate timeline of where I’ve lived over the years, but I took my time and worked through it. I looked at photo albums, read through the notes, journals, and emails I’ve kept over the years, consulted several people, and dug into my memory. Little by little the memories came back to me and the book came together in a 160,000-word draft at the beginning of 2021.
This, however, turned out to be the easy part. Once the first draft was done, I drove myself crazy editing and re-editing and re-re-editing the book, then learning about creative writing and editing some more. This was such a difficult task that I even had a few emotional breakdowns over it- and then trekked across the Pyrenees Mountains alone for 2 months as a result (but that’s another story :)). Now (May, 2022), I can say that I’m done with editing (except maybe the last chapter), but I’ll need some help proofreading and fact-checking, then I will need to work on the reference page, cover, design, and a few other things.
Then, finally, I’ll put it here on my website for free (and I’ll also try to sell a hard copy since now I am completely screwed financially).
All of this will still take some time, so I can’t say exactly when the book will be out, but if you’d like a notification when I finally do publish it, you can subscribe here:
(You will receive just one email from me.)
*I will also have to pause the work on my book very soon in order to make money- because I am out of money completely :D.
Below you can find a few blogs that will be included in my book in one way or another. I hope you enjoy them :)