Reviews and Media

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Publisher’s Weekly

“A hilarious travelogue for the social media generation… [regarding a possible sequel] If it’s anything like this trip, it’ll be worth reading too.” read more

 

Travel: Philip Marsden’s ‘Rising Ground’ and More – The New York Times

“A Canadian waitress who swears like a fishwife goes to Boracay.” read more

 

 Five New Travel Books to Pack in Your Carry-On – HuffPost Travel Blog

“If you’re skeptical of those aggrandizing blogs that portray travel as suspiciously perfect, then this hilarious memoir is a must-read. A neurotic and disenchanted Millennial, author Sue sets out on a year-long round-the-world trip with her frustratingly flawless mate Sara in hopes of “finding herself.” Instead, she falls victim to a series of awkward, embarrassing and ridiculous mishaps that’ll have you laughing out loud—so don’t read this while the rest of the plane is asleep! An honest and heartwarming book.” read more

 

11 Books to Kick Off Your Summer of Travel – Bustle

“Raise your hand if your mother is constantly reminding you to be careful and not do anything stupid. Yeah, I thought so. Sue Bedford gave her own mother’s advice a moment or two of thought, and then headed off into the world to take risks, stare down challenges, and do a handful (or more) of things her mother definitely would have classified as unwise.” read more

 

Outpost Magazine

“Throughout the journey, [Sue and Sara] trade one-liners like mismatched partners in an ’80s detective show… S. Bedford brings a fresh voice to travel writing, one that is funny, observant, and original.” read more

 

CBC Radio – Soul Searchers: How Millennials are Doing Religion Differently

Sue: “Traveling… is the place where I finally feel at one with where I am and what I’m doing, and that I’m wholly present… There is a sensation of wonder and awe and humility and being dwarfed by being in the presence of something greater than you.” listen now

 

This One Time Podcast

Sue: “It’s really douchey to write a memoir, and it’s exceptionally douchey to write a memoir before you’re thirty. So I found that the only way I could not suck was by talking about all the embarrassing, awful, ridiculous ways that I screwed up. So people usually think you suck less when they get to laugh at you.” listen now

 

Keep Your Daydream Podcast

Sue: “You have everything you need [re: skills to travel]. You just don’t know you can do it because you haven’t done it before…  Buying that plane ticket is the most terrifying thing. It gets easier… If you buy that ticket, you’re brave enough. Ninety-nine percent of people – people who you think are more capable of doing this – do not have the gonads to buy that ticket.” listen now

 

Five Tough Lessons I Learned While Writing a Travel Book – Outpost Magazine

Sue: “I’ve found the best way to connect with your audience is to be playfully self-deprecating and unwaveringly honest. This means revealing without inhibition or excuse your shortcomings, mistakes and insecurities, and prioritizing intriguing stories over your own pride. I ended up sharing my dirty secrets and personal fears not only with complete strangers, but also, even more unnervingly, with my friends, colleagues and kin who purchased the book. The only exception was my parents, whose copy I censored with a box cutter and liquid paper.” read more

 

Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker with Sue Bedford – As Told By Nomads Podcast

Tayo Rockson: “Sue is somebody who’s the exemplary figure of what it’s like to pursue your dreams.” listen now

 

Five New Travel Books to Take on Your Next VacationThe Expeditioner

“…A laugh-out-loud memoir by a well-traveled nomad…Bedford’s chaotic year of backpacking was not exactly the Eat, Pray, Love journey she’d been expecting. She didn’t find herself while traveling. She didn’t fall in love, or undergo a life-altering transformation, she isn’t enlightened, and she sure didn’t return home with the knowledge of what to do with her life. This is the realistic story of backpackers the world over…” read more

 

Travel Wisdom Podcast

Sue: “[In the book] I tried to highlight those misfortunes that happen to everyone and that are actually really funny once you’re hope and safe and have some tea and maybe have a blanket on. At the time, maybe you’re praying for death, but now it’s all good.” read more

 

Mapping Megan

Sue: “Most people measure success by either a) wealth b) job title/status or c) doing what you love for money. I was never seduced by a) or b) but spent a lot of time agonizing over c) before understanding that even the lucky few who are able to transform their passion into a career have (sometimes grand) elements of their job they don’t enjoy. [Traveling taught me] to measure success by the number of hours I spend per week doing what makes me happy. ‘Real life’ is the time spent doing what you enjoy, whatever that may be.” read more

 

Portland Book Review

“This book is a smart, funny, hip, modern venture-based saga. Even the most serious scenes are turned into jokes, in which one or the other traveler takes the hit. If you like this sort of smart writing about a long laugh-out-loud journey, here it is.” read more

 

Extra Pack of Peanuts Podcast

Travis: “[This book] is absolutely hilarious!” listen now

 

Satisfy Your Wanderlust – Y.A.M. Magazine

“An entertaining look at those post-graduation backpacking trips so many of us have taken… Despite some moments that may alarm parents, this is a charming book that inspires the spirit of adventure and longing to travel no matter your age.” read more

 

Backpackers Travel Magazine

“An honest, funny and fresh take about backpacking, which most of us who have hit the backpackers’ trail can relate to. Ideal for a light read for those long bus or train trips.” read more

 

Under the Cover: It’s Only the Himalayas – All Lit Up

All Lit Up: “Looking back, what do you think of your preparation methods?”

Bill: “Again, the word “naïve” comes to mind. It was definitely not a walk in the park, which is what I’d been doing to get ready. We assumed we could do it because Sara’s dad had done it before (we somehow overlooked that he’d been in his twenties at the time), and because Sara kept using the word ‘hike,’ which to me implies a picnic lunch.”

Sue: “Forget the semantics surrounding ‘hike.’ How the hell did we misunderstand ‘mountains’?” read more

 

Travel Tales from an Overconfident Backpacker: Our Interview with Author S. Bedford – Goats on the Road

Sue: “I set out hoping to “find myself” in that ambiguous yet alluring sense only to discover that there is no clandestine wisdom waiting for me within a Tibetan monastery or beneath an African dune. Rather, wherever I go, there I am—but maybe being that person isn’t so bad, after all. Crap, did I just spoil the ending?” read more

 

Featured Traveller: Sue Bedford – Out of Town Blog

Sue: “The most common misconceptions about travel are that a) you have to be a stoic athlete with an anthropology Masters and the ability to construct a winterized shelter out of your pajamas to travel, and b) the backpacker life is a glamorous one. I hope my book will demonstrate that neither of these are true.” read more

 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Sue Bedford – The World As I See It

Sue: “We all have these notions of what we can and can’t do, and we often underestimate ourselves. Before I went traveling, I couldn’t flip an omelette without it becoming scrambled eggs, and wondered how the hell I was going to survive unsupervised in the great yonder. As it turns out, I’m adaptable to and capable of more than I thought. Not to say I did any of it gracefully—in fact, most of my time on the road was spent bowled over, freaked out, awkwardly embarrassed or completely terrified—but the point is we can achieve more than we think. Bravery isn’t about not being scared, it’s about going for it anyway. It must be noted, however, that I still can’t flip an omelette.” read more

 

My 3 Most Ridiculous Moments While Backpacking RTW – The Poor Traveler 

Sue: “When my best friend and I set out on a round-the-world trip, I expected what I thought to be the quintessential backpacker experiences. Being awed into humility before the rose gold hue of the Taj Mahal at sunset, for example. Or discovering tranquility in the Popsicle blue waves in Loh Dalam Bay. Or even “finding myself” in that ambiguous sense while gaping at the tremendous mountain-scape surrounding Annapurna Basecamp. In fact, we spent more time dodging guys with one hand on their camera phones and the other on their trouser crotches than admiring India’s most celebrated tomb, and Koh Phi Phi’s Popsicle blue waves were undulating reminders of the way-too-many cocktails I’d imbibed the night before. As for what happened in the Nepali Himalayas… well, I didn’t so much find myself as I did have my ass handed to me.” read more

 

La Carte Magazine

“The antidote to pristine travel-related Instagram feeds, It’s Only It’s Only the Himalayas and Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker reveals the less-glamorous, sometimes embarrassing, but always entertaining side of travel.” read more

 

5 Weirdest Toilets from Around the World – Will Fly for Food

Sue: “My first true overseas excursion (excluding all-inclusive resort vacations with my parents) was a trip to Japan with my high-school. One of the first culture shocks I experienced was in the bathroom: the toilets not only come with a remote control panel but also hum to life as soon as you sit down. Too wary to experiment with the buttons while seated, I selected one at random while standing at a safe distance. Nothing happened. Realizing the toilet wasn’t “on,” I placed my hands on the seat and leaned in so my weight would activate it. Suddenly, a tiny periscope-seeming tube popped out of the bowl—and proceeded to drench my face, the walls and the ceiling with water. Guess that was the bidet function…” read more

 

Team Average Joe vs. The Mountain – Wander With Jo

Sue: “The most common misconception people have about travel is that they can’t do it. I know, I know. That’s as cheesy as a classroom poster from the early nineties—a kitten dangling from a clothesline reminding you to, “Hang in there, baby!” But it’s true. People encounter backpackers who’ve adventured the world over, clambered atop alpine summits and bathed in jungle streams and toasted in numerous languages, and assume these travelers were just born knowledgeable, stoic, and bold. If you’ll forgive a second corny quip: travelers aren’t born, they’re made.” read more

 

Meet the New Voice of Gen Y Backpacking – Ann K. Addley

“Boy, was I impressed. Not only does [S. Bedford] capture the internal voice of a backpacker in a way that anyone who has done any travelling will relate to, but she also created a fun and interesting read that encapsulates the humour of the gen Y generation,  even for those who aren’t big on travel.” read more

 

Kendra’s Ruminations and Ramblings

“Between the bed bugs, tent floods, sloppy hookups and mouthfuls of AIDS, Susan Bedford captured my full attention from start to finish – much to the dismay of my waiting Netflix list… I give mad props to Sue for openly writing about every detail of her trip. Not only the less glamorous side of travel, but also the binge drinking and sexual encounters. They’re A) entertaining as hell and B) demonstrate ownership of her actions and body. To those of you who might look down your nose at a girl who hooks up overseas (you’ll know who you are by that big stick lodged up your rear end), this book may not be for you. Try Little House on the Prairie… I give It’s Only the Himalayas a solid 5 mushroom milkshakes out of 5 vaginal blow darts.read more

 

The Thought Card

“It’s been a long time since I laughed-out-loud while reading a travel memoir and there were plenty of times when I had to ask myself, how did Sue come up with such funny analogies and descriptions! Not only did this page turner make me laugh, it also made me think.” read more

 

Tales of Elsewhere

“Following Sue on her year long adventure had me laughing every few pages. I have never read a book that I could relate to as well as this… I’ve come away from reading this book feeling like I’m ready to grab life by the balls and start living it.” read more

 

What’s Katie Doing?

“The book is hilariously written and really gives me travel lust to get back out there! …I devoured the book in 3 nights, giggling a lot as I read. If you need some travel inspiration you should definitely read this book!” read more

 

Miss Maps

“This girl’s got spunk, craziness (of the best form) and loads of stories to take you far far away with their location, and bring you right back home with their authenticity.” read more

 

Travellers’ Tales

Sue: “[My earliest travel memory is] When I was seven, my parents and I did a road trip with a tent trailer to the Canadian east coast. I remember staying in a trailer park in New Brunswick where they were celebrating Christmas in July. There were Christmas decorations everywhere and Santa made an appearance with gifts for the kids. I was incredibly confused.” read more

 

Maria Abroad

“It’s Only the Himalayas is a quick and fun read that will make your feet itch to go out and travel. There are quite a few funny lines that have you laugh out loud and if you have ever been part of the backpacking scene, this book will most likely make you feel nostalgic for your own adventures. It’s a travel story from a backpacker for backpackers. A lost girl wandering the world, trying to find herself.” read more

 

Goodreads

“Great travel read… honest, funny, realistic, and exciting. I think every backpacker in the world can relate to some aspect of Sue Bedford’s year long trek. I hope she continues her journey and continues to give us more wonderful reading to enjoy!” read more