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Announcement "The Anarchist's Guide to Travel" is now available on Amazon!

Discussion in 'Announcements & Feedback' started by Matt Derrick, Oct 28, 2017.

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  1. Matt Derrick

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    anarchoguidecoverad.

    Hey folks! It's finally here! I've published my first book, The Anarchist's Guide to Travel - A manual for future hitchhikers, hobos, and other misfit wanderers. This is a how-2 book for those interested in learning more about underground travel and how to prepare for their first travel adventure. This book will answer most 'beginner' questions we get on StP, and covers multiple modes of underground travel, including hitchhiking, train hopping, sailing, bike touring, living in a vehicle, etc. How to survive on the road, find places to sleep, how not to starve, find work, tips specific to LGBT folks, and all kinds of interesting and educational information. Even if you're not new to living a nomadic lifestyle, it's likely this book will still have a few tips you haven't thought of. The book spans 243 pages, with almost all the illustrations inside done by our own @awkwardshelby (they also designed the cover)! Here are a few pictures of the inside to give you a better idea of what you're getting (click on the thumbnails below):

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    From the Amazon description / back cover:

    Ever dream of dropping everything to adopt a minimalist lifestyle and explore the world -- but didn't know where to start? This how-to book will show you how to join the traveler underground; a world of hitchhikers, hobos, migrant punks, and other misfit travelers that don't fit into the standard mold. In these pages, you'll find out how to survive on next to nothing by getting rid of rent and other expenses, resources for finding seasonal work, and advice on saving enough money to last through your next leg of travel. It continues with a basic guide to almost every style of underground travel including hitchhiking, train hopping, van-dwelling, bike touring, and sailing. You'll even find a few tips for surviving mainstream forms of travel like charter buses and airplanes. Each chapter includes a list of books, websites, and other resources to expand your knowledge beyond the basics. If you've ever wanted to join a world of wanderlusters like yourself, this guide is the perfect way to drop out, work less, and experience the world around you from a completely different perspective.

    List of Chapters/Sections found in the book:

    1 - Starting Out
    1.1 - How I Started Traveling
    1.2 - Why I Wrote This Book
    1.3 - Who This Book Is For
    1.4 - Why Should You Travel?
    1.5 - Telling Your Friends & Family
    1.6 - What is Travel Punk?
    1.7 - Disclaimer

    2 - What Should I pack?
    2.1 - Gearing Up
    2.2 - Weather
    2.3 - Shopping Tips
    2.4 - Clothing
    2.5 - Backpacks
    2.6 - Sleeping Gear
    2.7 - Portable Shelters
    2.8 - Knives
    2.9 - Tools
    2.10 - Stoves & Cookware
    2.11 - Food
    2.12 - Technology
    2.13 - Entertainment
    2.14 - Musical Instruments
    2.15 - Showers & Hygiene
    2.16 - Documents
    2.17 - Shipping Stuff

    3 - Feeding Yourself
    3.1 - Excess & Waste
    3.2 - Dumpster Diving
    3.3 - Food Stamps
    3.4 - Food Banks & Soup Kitchens
    3.5 - Food Not Bombs
    3.6 - When All Else Fails
    3.7 - Shopping for Food
    3.8 - Additional Resources

    4 - Sleep for Free
    4.1 - Avoiding Rent
    4.2 - Couch Surfing
    4.3 - Stealth Camping
    4.4 - Squatting
    4.5 - Wilderness Squatting
    4.6 - Hostels & Hotels
    4.7 - Between Travels
    4.8 - Other Options
    4.9 - Additional Resources

    5 - Making Money
    5.1 - Saving Money
    5.2 - Working in Shifts
    5.3 - Seasonal Jobs
    5.4 - Migrant Farm Work
    5.5 - Panhandling
    5.6 - Busking
    5.7 - Self Employment
    5.8 - Strange Jobs
    5.9 - Banks & Credit Cards
    5.10 - Some Notes on Debt
    5.11 - Additional Resources

    6 - Travel Culture
    6.1 - The Traveler Code of Ethics
    6.2 - Oogles, Gutter Punks, Drainbows & Hipsters
    6.3 - Do the Goddamn Dishes
    6.4 - Finding People to Travel With
    6.5 - Sex & Relationships
    6.6 - Furry Nomads
    6.7 - Traveling as a Minority

    7 - Where to?
    7.1 - Researching Destinations
    7.2 - Useful Travel Websites
    7.3 - Urban Exploration
    7.4 - A Brief Guide to the USA
    7.5 - Guide to Annual Events

    8 - Hitchhiking
    8.1 - What is Hitchhiking?
    8.2 - Is Hitchhiking Illegal?
    8.3 - Dangers of Hitchhiking
    8.4 - Before You Start
    8.5 - Good & Bad Hitchhiking Spots
    8.6 - Hitchhiking in Groups
    8.7 - Your Appearance
    8.8 - Signs & other Props
    8.9 - Staying Motivated
    8.10 - Getting Your First Ride
    8.11 - Making Conversation
    8.12 - Getting Dropped Off
    8.13 - Getting Stuck
    8.14 - Ridesharing
    8.15 - Additional Resources

    9 - Train Hopping
    9.1 - Introduction to Train Hopping
    9.2 - Find Someone Experienced
    9.3 - Dangers of Train Hopping
    9.4 - Respect
    9.5 - Special Gear
    9.6 - Research & Planning
    9.6.a - The Crew Change Guide
    9.6.b - Main Routes
    9.6.c - Google Maps
    9.6.d - Railroad Atlas
    9.7 - Getting Into the Train Yard
    9.8 - Which Cars to Ride
    9.9 - Riding Suicide
    9.10 - Loaded Train Cars
    9.11 - Junk vs Hotshot Trains
    9.12 - The Waiting Game
    9.13 - Which Train to Get On
    9.14 - Stopped vs On the Fly
    9.15 - Boarding the Train
    9.16 - Catching on the Fly
    9.17 - Ride Baby, Ride!
    9.18 - What to do When Seen
    9.19 - Tracking Your Location
    9.20 - What are Sidings?
    9.21 - Taking a Dump
    9.22 - Transferring Cars & Luggage
    9.23 - Dispelling a few Myths
    9.24 - How to Get Off the Train
    9.25 - Additional Resources

    10 - Rubber Tramping
    10.1 - What is Rubber Tramping?
    10.2 - What Kind of Vehicle?
    10.3 - Finding a Vehicle
    10.4 - Buying a Vehicle
    10.5 - Vehicle Insurance
    10.6 - Moving In
    10.7 - Stealth Parking
    10.8 - Boondocking
    10.9 - Gas Jugging
    10.10 - Breaking Down
    10.11 - Additional Resources

    11 - Bike Touring
    11.1 - What is Bike Touring?
    11.2 - Buying a Bike
    11.3 - Types of Bikes
    11.4 - Sizing a Bike
    11.5 - Special Gear
    11.6 - Planning Your Route
    11.7 - Food
    11.8 - Additional Resources

    12 - Boat Punk
    12.1 - What is Boat Punk?
    12.2 - Finding Cheap Boats
    12.3 - My First Sailboat
    12.4 - Dinghy Woes
    12.5 - Life on a Boat
    12.6 - Mishaps & Dangers
    12.7 - Try it Out First
    12.8 - Special Equipment
    12.9 - Non-ocean Travel
    12.10 - Additional Resources

    13 - Other Forms of Travel
    13.1 - Charter Buses
    13.2 - Ridesharing
    13.3 - Flying for Cheap

    You can purchase the book in both print and kindle formats here:

    If you do purchase the book from Amazon and can take the time to write an honest review, I'd sure appreciate it! I will be releasing a DRM-Free epub format of the ebook available for purchase here on StP as well. Thank you all for your support of StP, myself, and this book over the past two years of it's production! I'm very excited to finally have this project finished, and I'm looking forward to receiving your input, opinions and reviews! If you can tell your friends, family, or anyone you think might find this book useful, please do! I need all of your help in promoting this book to those who could use the information.

    Of course, if anyone has any questions, comments, etc, feel free to post them in this thread and I'll address them as soon as I can. Thanks!
     
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    i wonder how much info about train hopping u put in that book

    not too much i hope
     
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    I believe I hit a good balance of providing enough information while avoiding 'spoon-feeding' of info to the reader so they have to earn some knowledge through real life experience. I also lay a lot of emphasis on doing it with someone that is an experienced rider your first few times.

    Although this guide is updated and includes photos, it is not all that different from the train hopping guide i published here:

    https://squattheplanet.com/threads/the-stp-guide-to-train-hopping.17771/

    Eventually, I plan to update the link above with the photos and changed content from the book.
     
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    Fuck ya! Good to see you complete this project, Matt. Im getting one for my "library".
     
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    Love my kindle audible (lol - think you will be doing that?) but Im an old paper kinda girl so book please!
     
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    Damn man those illustrations are superb. What an awesome book all around. Hopefully it breathes some life back into the culture. I'm sure that once some copies make the rounds, and word gets around, you're going to be sitting on a pile of money. But more importantly, there'll hopefully be a lot of new people out there.
     
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    You could give out some free copies and have people sneak them onto walmart and Barnes & Noble bookstands.
     
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    Just ordered my copy.
     
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    i hope so!

    already working on it, i'm looking into getting it into libraries as well!

    thank you so much! once you get a chance to read it, if you could post an honest review on the amazon page, i'd sure appreciate it! It helps other people decide if they want to buy the book or not, and increases the chances of it appearing for people searching on that subject :)
     
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    Bought a few copies, one of which is going to be donated to the local county library system and the remainder passed out to friends. Not sure if my local library will shelve the copy I donate but meh, I’ll try. Probably going to have to pick up another handful of copies- for the holiday season..
     
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    damn this looks sick. congrats buddy, I ordered a copy.
     
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    Sold. I'm a total n00ble so the timing is serendipitous, indeed. Also, those illustrations are the tits. Well done.
     
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    Is it possible to get a discount on, say, four copies directly from you and not go through Amazon?
     
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    James Meadowlark had a good suggestion, I am doing likewise. I've ordered two copies from Amazon, one for me and one to show to the Milwaukee County Library system for their yea or nay.

    I think it is polished enough they will accept. Very professionally done.

    Cornelius, the dictionary I snagged at the Lizard Tree is happy in it's new home. I put her to work the day after I got back, she's happy to be of use again. She's also honored to be a signed yearbook substitute. To all who signed, you made her and me smile.

    See ya.
     
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    I can bulk order copies from the printer at a lower cost, but you'd have to wait for them to be mailed to me before I can mail them to you. So if you don't mind the extra wait, I could do 4 copies for say, 40 bucks?
     
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    Awesome man! Been looking forward to this. Will definitely be picking up a copy.
     
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    All of the copies I ordered in the first batch are spoken for- I’m determined to keep one for myself so I’ve ordered a couple more.

    The recipients of my gifts are all good, worthwhile people, camping and outdoors enthusiasts like me. Hopefully you do well with this endeavor!
     
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    Thanks man, I appreciate you spreading them around! Sales are looking good for now, just need to get more people like yourself to spread the word!
     
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    ordereded, go raibh maith agat from irleand
     
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    i ordered one today.