It was very difficult for me to put this book down. The fact that two senior citizens namely, Candas and Alastair gave up a “comfortable life” in Canada to volunteer their services to help the less fortunate in the Caribbean and Guyana is amazing. The difficulties they encountered in their adventures and the adjustments they had to make were to me, “scary” to say the least.
I was totally carried away by the detailed description of the landscapes, different cultures, wonderful people they met including other NGO volunteers, etc. that I felt I was right there with them.
There is a lesson to be learned from this book; “money and material possessions aren’t the most important things in life”. This is a book that should be read by young and old alike.
Sometimes you find a book that is so inspiring; you just can’t put it down. Go For It – Volunteering Adventures on Roads Less Travelled left me feeling there is so much more to life if you are willing to let go. Letting go, may mean leaving the known comforts of home, family, friends, routines, expectations, or defined outcomes as to how we live in the Western World. I am grateful that they shared their adventures in a book. I also really enjoyed that this book was more than a “how to book” or a “travel log”. It has a story about who Alastair and Candas were prior to meeting and aspects of their lives that help the reader understand what motivated them. Alastair and Candas showed us how to have the courage and willingness to follow their dreams and they were rewarded with such rich life experiences. I am looking forward to their next book.
With every page came the realization that unsettling "itch" for new and different experiences was not so daunting. It was a guide to go discover and test your abilities while sharing, helping and learning alongside others. Thanks Candas and Alastair for your wonderful stories, humour and tips.
What a wonderful read! A great mix of insight into humanity and funny anecdotes. This book has inspired me to take the 'road less travelled'. It has also made me absolutely excited for retirement and the adventures those years will bring.
Go For It: Volunteering Adventures on Roads Less Travelled, is a travel book with a special twist. It’s written by two Canadian retirees, who instead of settling down for some calm days as I guess most pensioners would do, rather signs up for volunteer work in developing countries, specifically Bangladesh, Jamaica and Guynea.
Most of the travel books I’ve read, are written by young adventurers, and as such, this is an interesting perspective for such a book. I think a key motivation for the authors for writing this book is to show other people in the same situation that you can still travel to countries off the beaten track, even if you are above 60. I found the book to be interesting, and also for me (being less than 40) highly motivational. It shows that the adventure of life doesn’t need to slow down, even as you age. It makes me look forward to my own retirement.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Baby boomers leaving the fears and materialistic collections behind and going after their dreams post ‘retirement’ following a simpler way, and richer lifestyle. If you are a baby boomer this is a must read. For the younger generations, this a great book to understanding why your parents think the way they do, and the pressure and different mindset/societal pressures that have shaped them to act/think the way they do. As many probably notice, the younger generations compared with the baby boomer generations, culturally are aliens to each other. One group most likely changes career 5 times in their life, and tries to follow their passions at an early age, where the older baby boomers have always stuck to one job saving and planning for their retirement years, which to many are the glory years, the time where they’ll be financially free and able to live out those long sought dreams.
Alastair breaks out of that classic “retiree” mentally, and decides to sell his house, his belongings and take off to the North West Territories and the shortly after Bangladesh on an extensive volunteer trip recounting his adventures, the people he meets along the way, the culture, social systems, traditions and customs.
“To cut a long story short, I returned to the workforce by taking a job in a small First Nations community in a remote…Living and working in a strange land for two years with people of a different culture, lifestyle and beliefs caused a paradigm shift in how I looked at the world and what I wanted to do. Along the way, I sold my house and disposed of my furnishings, and in return, gained a deeper and more satisfying sense of who I was, eventually achieving the inner fulfillment I’d been seeking for a long time…I’d spent earlier in life fretting over trivial matters, thinking they were mega critical, but in the final analysis they weren’t. All stuff is small stuff – Right? ”
After countless travel adventures, valuable life experiences and lessons, he meets his soul mate Candace who has her own story to tell. Detailing her childhood, and young adulthood, she describes how this has shaped her as a person. Post retirement from a successful career, she briefly struggles to find purpose and plan on her next life direction. Following a similar path as Alastair, they eventually find each other.
One of my favorite quotes from the book that has brought much realization to my own life and situation is about memories, and how we are so caught up with living the fast life and being disconnected from the more important things in life that our mind becomes too cluttered, we forget the most beautiful of memories, “How strange and wonderful was that? The only explanation that I can muster is that it was the result of having mental clarity from a peaceful and uncluttered mind.” Alastair
Inspired, awakened and deeply moved by your stories Alastair and Candace. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and making me have a more relaxed approach to life, I’m excited to grow and learn in life, and you two are indeed the preachers that you are never too old to learn, learn, and grow. The best years of your life, can be post mid-life.