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Around the World on 50 Bucks

How I Left with Nothing and Returned a Rich Man
Narrated by: Jakob Lewis
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Christopher Schacht shares his incredible experiences, revealing what he has learned along the way about life, love, and God, describing touching and bizarre encounters and insights that aren’t found in any travel guide.

Christopher Schacht was only 19 years old and had just finished school when he put a dream into motion. With only 50 euros in savings, he traveled around the world, relying only on his friendliness, flexibility, charm, and willingness to work for his shelter and food.

Christopher traveled for four years, visiting 45 countries and traversing 100,000 kilometers on foot, hitchhiking, and on sailboats. He has earned his living as a jeweler, locksmith, au pair, and fashion model. He lived among indigenous people of South America and drug dealers and has journeyed through some of the most dangerous areas in the Middle East.

"My plan was not to have a plan, just live without schedules and time pressure, where I could stay in places that I enjoyed until I was ready to move on."

Photos from Christopher’s journey and tips for backpackers are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Christopher Schacht (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Not what I was expecting

I was hoping for more detail on each of the places he visited, and the people he met along the way.
Instead he picks out key moments but I was left wishing that he would fill in the gaps or tell me more. Still a great adventure, but it was more of a summary than a full story for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-19

LOVED IT

“Around the World on 50 Bucks”
I absolutely loved this book (I finished it in a day) and the journey it took me on. He went around the world and I felt as though I was with him the whole time. I loved the narrator and the story that came to life in my head. I often googled images of the cities and the people that he spoke about to heighten the experience of the audiobook. Highly recommend for anyone who is travel hungry or in need of some inspiration.

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  • Angelina Kim
  • 07-10-19

Great story, life lessons, entertaining, but....

As someone who loves traveling and adventure, this book was right up my alley. I loved his attitude, his openness, and the little insights he shared about his experiences. There is a lot to be learned from his reaction to challenging situations. He keeps calm, reflects on his situation, but actively and optimistically progresses forward. He is gentle, sensitive, and compassionate about his observations, especially when encountering cultures that are extremely obscure to Westerners. However, some depictions seem subjective and inaccurate. For example, mourning practices of some Islanders and thoughts on habits of people in developing countries.

This was also a great example of how white male privilege is prevalent world-wide. I can not, as a woman of East-Asian descent, fathom trying something like this, even though I desperately want to. First, it would not be fair to my friends and family who would worry ceaselessly. Second, being alone as a woman in many parts of the world is an invitation for trouble. Third, the dominance of Western media, and how Hollywood has permeated many corners of the world, made it possible for him to be an attractive commodity (i.e., get paid $$$$ for modeling and acting jobs in East Asia). He was most definitely provided many opportunities that would probably not have been given to people who did not look like him.

Christopher does, however, reflect on his blessings throughout his trip and attributes his growing faith. I mean, is he in his early 20's as he writes this? Quite insightful for someone who is still developing their prefrontal cortex. Still, I do not think that he gives his privilege enough weight.