Solo women of the world who love to travel alone, those who would like to one day travel solo or those who still need a little convincing to begin travelling solo – your answer lies here in the true story of Robyn Davidson who treks 1,700 miles through the Australian desert… solo.
To give you some indication of what level of solo-journey-inspiration you’re up for, the author concludes her journey with “camel trips … do not begin or end, they merely change form.”
If you’ve joined us for this month’s WOW Book Club (which I assume you have if you’re reading this and if not – go out and grab this book now – you will not regret it), then you should hopefully by the end of this month be feeling inspired and intrigued by the prospects of more solo adventures of your own.
Such adventures probably won’t take place across the dry desert plains of Australia and they likely won’t cover the distance of a whopping 1,700 miles, but regardless a solo adventure is a solo adventure and this particular story will leave you with restless feet.
Tracks is a book I couldn’t put down. Having seen the movie last year, I knew I wasn’t doing the story justice until I picked up the paperback and flicked through the pages of Robyn Davidson’s adventure to once more be inspired by her patience, persistence, and to throw one more P in there – perseverance.
This woman is seriously inspiring, but better yet she is engaging in the recounts of her adventure.
There’s no doubting that I loved the book (and the film – I would highly recommend the film as well), but I’m interested to hear what you guys thought! I was determined to find a more gutsy travel book this month as after your feedback I could sense that this kind of travel read was exactly what many of you were after in a book.
- At one point in the book Davidson defines the substance of her world as “desert, purity, fire, air, hot wind, space, sun, desert desert desert” [p.50]. Why has the desert attracted so many travellers including Davidson? What do you believe is the allure?
Davidson learns from her solo journey that solitude is something to be prized, not feared. Have you found the same lesson from your own solo travels? If you haven’t travelled solo before, does this book inspire you to do so?
During the trip Davidson speaks of her frustration with her decision to accept financial assistance from National Geographic in return for them documenting her story. It appears that she feels this decision has somehow taken away from the authenticity of the journey. Do you believe this to be the case when documenting your own travels through the likes of blogging or social media, or do you believe it enhances your travels?
In the mid-late stages of the book Davidson begins to rely on her subconscious to make decisions in the desert rather than overthink them. Why do you think Davidson concludes this is so important in the Aboriginal way of life?
Finally, did Davidson’s story inspire your own solo journey ahead? What were your main takeaways from the book?