Australian author David McNamara has spent almost a decade and a half circumventing the world, capturing raw nature, characters, emotions, adventures & hedonism of international budget backpacking. Along the way he collected a suitcase of arresting slices of life on the road which he put into a book titled, 'Loves, Kerbsides & Goodbyes.'
Sharing a chapter in the book, 'Loves, Kerbsides & Goodbyes' is a candid account exposing the raw edge of international budget travel. It distils the risks, adventure, fun and romance of more than a decade on the road - where the main stage for backpackers on the open road is kerbsides. They are backpackers’ theatre, to meet & re-connect, share our lives, fall in love, party & say goodbye. They’re travellers’ platforms to perform & catchments for unrequited love & abandonment.
Not to be out down David’s book has caught the same incurable wanderlust which has propelled the author around the globe! Using the backpack space dedicated to the avaricious reading needs of a budget backpacker, and with the help of the incredible Couchsurfing community we want to see how far a book about travel can travel – and document the stories of each bearer of the book along the way, to see if a book about travel book can create its own stories travelling the world.
Each week we will nominate a different city and give copies to Couchsurfing hosts who join the respective event and write a short message describing the best, worst or most peculiar gift received or given on the open road, or through the Couchsurfing community. By re-gifting the book after reading it to another backpacker we want to see how far 'Loves, Kerbsides & Goodbyes' can travel.
To help us to do this we ask each person who comes into possession of the book to participate by completing three simple tasks: