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The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel: the ABC's of International Travel"

British world travelers living in Spain and traveling the world endorse

"The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel."

Ann and John Sharples are musicians and Ann is a published author, enjoying life!

​“…writing is vibrant, the content interesting and the reader is immediately drawn in…very original…combining great advice and information, with very individual experiences- great story.” 






​What is "The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel"?

First, let me begin by explaining what "The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel" is not. 

* It is not a book about how to travel on a shoestring. While I discuss costs and fees, the guide does not focus on the finance of travel. 

* It is not a book about trips or tours, such as what you find in a travel agency book. 

* It is not a book about travel in the United States. 

Rather, "The Essential Guide of a Life of Travel" attempts to provide everything you need to know to travel abroad, outside the United States. It is aimed at assisting all travelers, from those who only dream of travel to those who venture out frequently. And, because I am a solo traveler, I also include useful information for traveling alone.

Maybe you think you want to travel, but don't know how to begin or are generally fearful. This book is an excellent reference for you.   Perhaps you are a frequent traveler. But, you have limited yourself to tours and now you want to get a more in-depth experience in a city, country or region. This book is an excellent reference for you. 

I attempt to be comprehensive and detailed within the variety of topics. It's a lot of information and can be overwhelming. To avoid your getting bogged down, I include a "check lists" in Chapter Thirteen: Putting It All Together. 

And, to pique your interest in travel, beyond the details and facts, I include a series of vignettes throughout these pages. The word "vignette" comes from the French vigne, meaning "little vine." The term specifically arose from the small vines drawn on the pages of printed texts. My stories, impressions, or vines are meant to entangle your imagination and entice you to travel. 

I hope you find this book both useful and entertaining. I also hope you enjoy reading and using the "The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel" as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Endorsement by Dr. Jean Blosser.

​“Much like Diann, I caught the travel bug at a very young age. Luckily I’ve enjoyed travelling extensively for work and play. The downside of my travel has always been the time and effort it takes to plan my trips and the many decisions I have to make while traveling. Imagine how happy I am to have found “The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel”…a practical, well organized guide that provides just the type of information I need to take my mind off of travel challenges so that I can concentrate on the pleasures ahead. I recommend it for anyone who is getting ready to explore the world.” Jean Blosser, Ed.D, ASHA Fellow and President, Creative Strategies for Special Education


"Speaking of Travel"  October 23, 2017: 

"Senior Solo Nomad Diann Schindler Has a Spirit Running Free!" 

 ​Click here to LISTEN to her interview on iHeart Radio.  

"Traveling opens up so much confidence, happiness and global awareness for personal growth. ‘The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel’ is the perfect resource for anyone thinking of traveling. There’s useful info here to assist you in virtually anything you would need to know to travel abroad! Now go out and do it!”       Marilyn Ball, Host of the iHeart Radio show "Speaking of Travel"

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