The Backpacker is an enjoyable series of interconnected stories that keep you entertained throughout. Reading it makes you want to take the author’s lead by giving up your day job, dropping the pressures of everyday life and to start having some adventures while travelling.
It reminds you that we are only on this planet for a short time and we should see and experience as much of it as we can, while we are here. With that said, do take this book with a pinch of salt as some of the stories seem quite fabricated.
So ‘The Backpacker’ is based on a true story about an Englishman named John Harris, from London who is on holiday in India with his fiancé. She ends up going back home, but John stays on and begins his adventures with his new found fellow travelers, and so his story begins.
After India, John travels to Thailand, after a strange note is sent to him by Rick; an acquaintance whom he met, while still with his fiancé. He is intrigued as the note is written in a different tone to Rick’s normal style and even signed with a ‘Lord’ in the signature.
John and Rick are living the life in Thailand and even add a new member to the team called Dave, an ex US marine that is always up for a good time. From here, the threesome are involved in all sorts of shenanigans, such as, unknowingly hanging out with the Thai mafia, exploring more of Asia where they find and sail a boat around Indonesia, all the while being drunk, partying with women and not having a care in the world.
I really enjoyed the book and found I couldn’t put it down, quite a few times. It is an interesting account of one person’s travels around Asia, if they are true… Which leads me to ask the question, how much of these tales were true or made up? In the book, John basically admits to a few crimes also, which I think the authorities would like to talk to him about?
Also, I cannot find any information about John C Harris online. He has no blog or any real online presence. Is he still living his vagabond lifestyle? Or was this written by a ghostwriter? Anyway, with all that said I think it’s worth a read as it is entertaining and might give you the travel bug.