As a terrified child, Jamie found the world somewhat overwhelming. After doing what he was told to do for the first twenty-something years of his life and obtaining a Masters in Mathematics, he decided that the fast-paced, money-orientated world of work wasn't quite for him. Since that time he has spent much time hitchhiking, cycling, and even rafting down the Danube on a homemade raft. During these journeys, he has largely relied upon the kindness of strangers who offer him a place to sleep, as well as camping out under the stars.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember loving a story about pirates when I was very young. Because of this story, I always wanted to be a pirate and last year I finally built a raft from recycled materials and labelled myself as A Pirate of the Danube. I floated down the Danube for a few hundred kilometres until I was arrested by the police in Budapest. Stories certainly have a lasting impact.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of living a memorable day. Every morning when you wake up, the world is full of opportunity and all you have to do is put yourself out there and make the day worth living.
Have you ever felt like quitting your job and living your life exactly how you want to live it, but never quite had the guts to do so? If yes, this might just be this book for you. This is everything that your parents told you not do: disregarding society in a quest for sustainable adventure. It is written for dreamers, to give them a solid kick up the bottom.