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by The wanderer (subscribe)
Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published April 23rd 2017
Embark on a long journey through hidden corners of the globe
Ed Gillespie and his girlfriend Fiona embark on a one-year journey around the world; sounds easy; however in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint during their travels; they decide to accomplish this without flying at all.

Ed Gillespie
is an active environmentalist, marine biologist, co-founder of Futerra ( international sustainability strategy) and contributor to The Guardian. His passion and entrepreneurship around environmental issues led Gillespie to not only write about slow travel but become part of this movement by experiencing it himself through a year long journey on board of boats and trains.

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Ed and Fiona become well seasoned slow travellers covering over 40,000 miles, 31 countries and countless water and land modes of transport which take them to hidden corners around the globe. Throughout the journey they both broaden their vision on current issues like climate change, globalisation and migration, they also experience the frustrations and fear long term travel causes.

Only Planet can seem slightly repetitive in the nature of how it develops; it is not a story or tale, more so it is a recollection of how the journey develops, this book will give you a different cultural insight and make you question other travel books you have read. Only Planet is honest and thought provoking; it will make you question why we travel, how we do it and why we view exotic locations as destinations and not the journey there as the destination itself.

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