Transformative Travel in Nepal by Kate Benzin
I can identify with the author’s desire to trek in the Himalayas. The breathtaking beauty, the culture, and the excitement of doing something most people have never done has got to beckon scores of thrill seekers. That being understood, not many travelers are able to put the reader in their shoes as they embark on the journey of a lifetime – most people except Kate Benzin, that is. From the first page I was hooked. I could feel the author’s desire to be different, to carve a niche for herself in the world and make her mark.
What I especially like about this book is that Ms. Benzin is just a regular person. She’s not a seasoned athlete, or even a weekend warrior – instead she is like the rest of the world – couch-potato-fluffy, soft, and seasoned . She doesn’t hide that fact. And it makes her all the more endearing. More than once I rooted for her as she overcame obstacles and doubted her sanity in taking the trek in the first place. She dug deep and found strength that only comes from within.
The setup to this story is delightful. It’s a tale of a very creative woman who needed her job to work for her, not the other way around. She had opportunities, education and a good work ethic, but she took time to think about what she really wanted out of life and she went after it. Bravo! From creating the perfect job to following her dreams, Ms. Benzin makes the reader feel that “If I can do it anyone can,” and makes one realize that all of a sudden all those hopes and dreams you have bottled up inside for years could become achievable goals.
I loved the pictures in the book. Although Ms. Benzin’s rich tapestry is multi-colored and woven with brilliant imagery, it was exciting to see the real thing. I highly recommend this uplifting read – soon you’ll be revising your own bucket list – I know I am. Kate Benzin makes the reader realize that dreams do come true!
If you’d like to find out more about this exciting author, you can read my interview with her here.