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International Travel eBook Series

Come join me for a series of adventures as I go backpacking, cycling, and hiking to amazing locations around the globe. Over five years of wandering, I took countless photos and kept a daily journal of my experiences, and now I'm combining my images and words into a series of 50-image Photo Journey eBooks. My desire is to inspire others to go see the wonders of the world with these stories, but if you cannot travel, I hope these digital eBooks help you to experience the adventure.

Below is a listing of the completed Photo Journey eBooks about traveling through Vietnam and New Zealand, with a free 15-page PDF preview, and links to purchase the full 50-page digital eBook from multiple online retails.


Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey Series

Come join me to discover exotic locations in Southeast Asia as I go backpacking across Vietnam. I will be traveling from north to south, starting in the chaotic capitol city of Hanoi and then down the coastline to Saigon. Along the way, I will attempt to summit Mount Fansipan from Sapa, go kayaking in the legendary Halong Bay, explore gigantic caves in Phong Nha National Park, and much, much more.

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam or just daydreaming of the adventure, these books will give you an insight into what 'real' backpacking is all about -- chasing the dream, accepting new cultures, climbing mountains, making new friends, eating strange food, jaw-dropping scenery, philosophical insights, pristine beaches, and being comfortably lost! Guiding your path, these travel stories will inspire your wanderlust to take an adventure across Southeast Asia as a Vietnam Backpacker!

 


Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey #1
Wandering Hanoi

In this first volume I'll be flying into the capital city of Hanoi to explore the historical Old Quarter, which seamlessly mingles the new and old, from gourmet coffee shops to legendary talking turtles. We will navigate twisting streets through chaotic scooter traffic to discover exciting markets filled with bizarre goods and sample some local food delicacies.

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"I really enjoyed this eBook. The photos are gorgeous and the text is lively--you feel as if the author is taking you along on his journey! He makes the city and the sites seem accessible, and his enthusiasm and enjoyment is contagious. I have definitely added a visit to Vietnam, and to Hanoi, to my bucket list." - Amazon Customer Review

"Since I can't travel it was wonderful to see the beautiful pictures and explanations through the eyes of the fabulous author David." - Barnes&Noble Customer Review



Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey #2
Touring Sapa Mountains

I begin the second volume by taking a bus up into the northern mountains of Sapa where I will attempt to summit 3,143m Mt. Fansipan; only to reluctantly retreat as the rain turned to numbing sleet. We will then tour the countryside by motorcycle, smiling through a crooked police checkpoint and remembering that its better to be happy than right.


"What an engaging opportunity to join Scott David Plumlee on his journey through the Sapa Mountains in Vietnam. Helpful advice and humor are interwoven with beautiful snapshots of the trip. Written in that genuine Plumlee voice." - Amazon Customer Review


Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey #3
Kayaking Holang Bay

I begin the third volume by taking a bus down to Cat Ba Island for a fun night of billiards and beers. Next, we discover some pristine beaches while having philosophical conversations with a new French friend. Finally, we will take a boat tour through the awe-inspiring Halong Bay to go kayaking and climb up to an overlook on Monkey Island.


"A bit of helpful philosophy mixed in a fantastic narrative and photos of Halong Bay in Vietnam. Scott David Plumlee describes his experience in typical fashion, making me wish I could join him for a beer on the beach." - Amazon Review

"A fun, easy to follow account of one of the many overseas adventures by the author. The e-book definitely moved my desire to travel to SE Asia one or two notches, and his description of the kayak trip makes it a must do for me." - Amazon Review


Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey #4
Caving Phong Nha

In this fourth volume, I will be going to Phong Nha National Park to discover its legendary caves with a hilarious new American friend, who loves to share jokes. Seth and I will tour the countryside on his motorcycle, go zip-lining into the muddy depths of the Dark Cave, and be awe-struck by the stunning interior of Paradise Cavern. Next, we sail a dragon boat down the Son River into Phong Nha Cave and then visit an infamous pub that allows customers to decapitate their chicken of choice for dinner.


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"Scott's travels definitely make you want to don a backpack and set off to the exotic for some unknown adventures! I traveled Vietnam and never came across these caves. Will definitely be reading more!" - Amazon Review

"Scott has some great pictures in this journey that make me want to go visit the country again. A quick and easy read with some good trail humor mixed in." - Amazon Review


Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey #5
Forbidden Citadel of Hue

In this fifth volume, I will be touring the ancient capitol city of Hue to discover opulent royal palaces, iconic Buddhist pagodas, and elaborate imperial mausoleums. This travel story will delight the history buff with lots of 17th century dates and emperor names. Adding a personal perspective into the modern Vietnamese culture, it reveals the political opinions of two college students, as well as my own reflections on their tyrannical history.

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"Scott's series of ongoing travel pictographs and unique perspective keep on satisfying my senses of historic, social, cultural and culinary curiosities. Guaranteed to revive your wanderlust and provide a sane roadmap to your future travels!" - Amazon Review

 

Vietnam Backpacker Photo Journey #6
Full Throttle Danang

In this sixth volume,


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New Zealand Photo Journal Series


Come join me to discover stunning scenery as I cycle tour and hike across the mystical islands of New Zealand. I will be pedaling from north to south, starting from the capitol city of Auckland and then zigzagging across the North Island down to Wellington. Along the way, I will visit the Hobbiton Shire, soak in volcanic hot springs, and hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Next, I will take a ferry to the South Island and pedal my bike to a series of amazing hikes; some along the coastline, and others up in the very steep mountains as I work my way south to go bungee jumping in Queenstown.

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand or just daydreaming of the adventure, these books will give you an insight into what 'real' cycle touring is all about -- chasing the dream, accepting new cultures, climbing mountains, making new friends, jaw-dropping scenery, philosophical insights, pristine beaches, and being comfortably lost! Guiding your path, these travel stories will inspire your wanderlust to take an adventure, and pedal your bike across these beautiful islands!


New Zealand Photo Journal #1
San Francisco to Auckland

In this first volume I'll be wandering across San Francisco on a 8-hour layover, strolling from China Town to the Fisherman's Wharf. Next I'll lose a day in transit flying to New Zealand, and then take a few days to walk around the capitol city of Auckland, enjoying the views from the 722-foot tall Sky Tower.


New Zealand Photo Journal #2
Biking Coromandel Peninsula

In this second volume I'll sail from the capitol city of Auckland over to the town of Coromandel, and then cycle up and over the Coromandel Mountain Range to the east coast campsite at Hot Water Beach. Next I'll visit Cathedral Bay and then cycle around the coast and down to the Tairua River to hike the Broken Hills Gold Mine.


New Zealand Photo Journal #3
Cycling Karangahake Gorge

In this third volume I'll be cycling over the Coromandel Mountain Range and then down to the town of Thames, where I can join the Hauraki Rail Trail. Next I'll cycle south into the famous Karangahake Gorge to hike the Windows Walkway Loop around an abandoned gold mine, and finally cycle to Wairere to hike up to its stunning waterfall.


New Zealand Photo Journal #4
Visiting Hobbiton Shire

In this fourth volume I'll be cycling with great anticipation to the town of Matamata where I take a shuttle to the Hobbiton Shire, which was built for The Lord of the Rings movie series. From Bilbo Baggins home, over the cobblestone bridge, and into the Green Dragon Tavern for a pint; the attention to detail in this 'fairy-tale comes to life' is amazing.


New Zealand Photo Journal #5
Hiking Rotorua Lakes

In this fifth volume I'll be cycling south to the volcanically active town of Rotorua with pools of bubbling mud, shooting geysers, and lots of natural hot springs to soak in. Next I'll cycle out to Lake Okareka to start a four-day hike along the coastline of several lakes to visit the 100-meter Tarawera Waterfall, and figure out what a 'Trig' is.


New Zealand Photo Journal #6
Cycling Rere Waterfalls

In this sixth volume I am cycling east from Rotorua past a series of stunning lakes to the north coast town of Opotiki to camp and soak at the amazing Awakeri Hot Springs. Next I'll be pedaling through the jaw-dropping Waioeka Gorge, past the fabled Rere Waterfalls, and onto the east coast beach town of Gisborne for Christmas.


New Zealand Photo Journal #7
Biking Lake Waikaremoana

In this seventh volume I'll be cycling south along the coast from Gisborne up into the mountains to soak at the Morere Hot Springs. Next I'll be pedaling inland up to the legendary Lake Waikaremoana with its huge climbs, pouring rains, and 120-foot waterfalls. Finally, I'll be riding through Murupara to the Waikite Thermal Pools for New Years Eve.


New Zealand Photo Journal #8
Cycling Lake Taupo

In this eighth volume I'll be cycling south from the Waikite Thermal Pools to the town of Taupo to see a movie, drink a beer, and enjoy some civilization. Next I'll be pedaling along the coast of Lake Taupo to the city of Turangi where I get happily distracted by a pretty girl and make plans to hike the mythical Tongariro Alpine Crossing.


New Zealand Photo Journal #9
Hiking Tongariro Crossing

In this ninth volume I'll be hiking the 20km (13 mile) length of the mythical Tongariro Alpine Crossing with some new friends. We will be hiking past active volcanoes, red-lipped craters, emerald-green lakes, steaming thermal vents, cobalt-blue lakes, and I may find time to stand on my head.


New Zealand Photo Journal #10
Forgotten World Highway

In this tenth volume I'll be cycling across the North Island from Turangi to Stratford along the infamous Lost World Highway. Along the way I will be climbing up a half dozen mountains, passing through the stunning Tangarakau Gorge, rolling my eyes at the ever-present rain, and pedaling past lots of sheep, cattle, and a few goats.


New Zealand Photo Journal #11
Hiking Mount Taranaki

In this 11th volume I'll be hiking across the southeast face of Mount Taranaki. I start my adventure at the East Edmont Ski Resort and then hike along the Enchanted Track, crossing a 60-foot-high swing bridge to the Waingongoro Hut. Then I'll continue to the Wilkies Pools, down through the Goblin Forest and onto the Dawson Falls.


New Zealand Photo Journal #12
Cycling Wanganui Valley

In this 12th volume I'll be cycling south from Mount Taranaki down to Wanganui, where I will be taking a side trip through the breathtaking Wanganui River Valley. Then I'll continue south along the coastline, cycling with a new friend from Switzerland, camping on a few beaches along the way down to the capitol city of Wellington.

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New Zealand Photo Journal #13
Visiting Wellington Harbor

In this 13th volume I'll be enjoying a rejuvenating four days in the capitol city of Wellington. I'll start my adventure by taking a train into the downtown station, savoring the first hostel bed in six weeks, and discovering the amazing sculptures along the harbor boardwalk. Next, I'll take a cable car up to the planetarium, visit the Rose Garden, take in a professional Football game, and tour the Te Papa Museum.


New Zealand Photo Journal #14
Queen Charlotte Track

In this 14th volume I'll be hiking 71km of the Queen Charlotte Track with three Danish friends. I'll start my adventure by taking a ferry from Wellington to Picton on the South Island, and then a water taxi out to Ship Cove. We will journey for four days through the rain, drizzle, fog, and sunshine; hiking past waterfalls, stunning views, strange flowers, reddish-orange mushrooms, and a few thieving Weka birds.


New Zealand Photo Journal #15
Abel Tasman Coastal Track

In this 15th volume I'll be hiking 45km of the Able Tasman Track. I'll start my adventure by cycling from Picton to Motueka, taking a bus to Marahau, and then a water taxi out to Totaranaui Beach. We will hike for three days along pristine beaches, over fern forest hills, crossing tidal estuaries, and enjoying all the stunning views of the Tasman Sea.


New Zealand Photo Journal #16
Hiking Nelson Lakes NP

In this 16th volume I will be cycling to Arnaud to go hiking in the Nelson Lakes National Park up to Angelus Hut. We will hike for two action-packed days along rocky lake shores, past 40-meter waterfalls, through mossy beech forests, and up above tree line on steep trails to an amazing hut next to twin alpine lakes nestled in a breathtaking valley.


New Zealand Photo Journal #17
Climbing Mount Angelus

In this 17th volume I'll be summiting Mount Angelus in the Nelson Lakes National Park from the Angelus Hut. We will climb past blue alpine lakes up an impossibly steep scree-slope to the 2075-meter summit. After a second night at the hut, we will hike a stunning ridgeline up above the clouds over Mount Roberts and then down to Saint Arnaud.


New Zealand Photo Journal #18
Cycling Rainbow Crossing

In this 18th volume I'll be cycling through the desolate alpine valleys of the Rainbow Crossing to Hanmer Springs. We will be pedaling for three days against ice-cold headwinds, across corrugated-rough gravel roads, while battling fierce sandflies at our campsites, and then being rewarded with a soak in the Hanmer Hot Springs.


New Zealand Photo Journal #19
Christchurch Peninsula

In this 19th volume I will be cycling south along the east coast to Christchurch, where we stayed with a local Warmshower host. We rented a car to gather green-lipped mussels for dinner, and drove out to the Banks Peninsula for a stunning harbor sunset. We then visited the big city sites, marveling at the amazing graffiti and rich botanical garden.


New Zealand Photo Journal #20
Tramping Arthur's Pass

In this 20th volume I will be taking a train from Christchurch up to Arthur's Pass NP. We will visit a 400' waterfall, laugh at the Alpine-parrot Kea birds, and go tramping up Scott's Track to witness the amazing fusion of mosses, lichen, and fungi that coat the rocks and trees, and to my surprise - a stunning rainbow in the valley below.


New Zealand Photo Journal #21
Hiking Lagoon Saddle

In this 21st volume I will be hiking a two-day loop in the Arthur's Pass National Park up to Lagoon Saddle. After hitch-hiking to the trailhead, we hiked up the Cass River Valley, and down to the 20-bunk Hamilton Hut. The next day we hiked up to the jaw-dropping views of Lagoon Saddle, and then down to Bealey Hut for a swim in the river.


New Zealand Photo Journal #22
Touring Fox Glacier

In this 22nd volume I will be cycling south with some new friends to Fox Glacier. I white-knuckled a very steep descent from Arthur's Pass down to the west coast highway, where we surprisingly served as first responders to an auto accident, and joined up with two more cyclists to create a proper bike gang on the way down to Fox Glacier.


New Zealand Photo Journal #23
Hiking Copland Track

In this 23rd volume I will hike with my cycling friends along the legendary Copland Track. After pedaling from Fox Glacier to the trail, we hiked 18km along a turquoise-blue river; traveled through spooky fern forests and timidly crossing over a trio of huge suspension bridges to the Welcome Flat's hot springs.


New Zealand Photo Journal #24
Cycling Haast Pass

In this 24th volume I will be cycling with four friends down the west coast to Haast Pass. We backtracked along the spectacular 18km Copland Track to the coastal highway and cycled south along the Tasman Sea; riding along towering ocean cliffs overlooking smooth black rock islands that were coated with sea lions on our way down to Haast.

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New Zealand Photo Journal #25
Bungee Jumping Queenstown

In this 25th volume I will be taking a tourist bus from Haast down to Queenstown, as I surrender to a painful knee issue. In the capitol city I painted the town pink with a gang of backpackers, packed my bike and cycle gear in a bike box, hiked up to the top gondola station, and bravely took a leap-of-faith off the bungee jumping platform.

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New Zealand Photo Journal #26
Best of North Island

This 26th volume is a collection of my favorite adventures while traveling down the North Island of New Zealand. After sailing from Auckland to Coromandel, I cycled the Karangahake Gorge, visited the Hobbiton Shire, and did a hike outside of Rotorua. Next, I biked past the Rere Waterfalls and Lake Waikaremoana to Taupo for tramping the Tongariro Crossing. I pedaled the Forgotten World Highway to Stratford to climb Mount Taranaki, and then pushed down the west coasts to windy Wellington.


New Zealand Photo Journal #27
Best of South Island

This 27th volume is a collection of my favorite adventures will traveling down the South Island of New Zealand. I sailed to Picton to hike the Queen Charlotte Track, the Abel Tasman Track, and then the Nelson Lakes NP up to Mt Angelus. I cycled the dusty Rainbow Crossing to Hanmer hot springs, and pushed southward to Christchurch. We took a train up to Arthur’s Pass to hike the Lagoon Saddle, pedaled past Fox Glacier, Copland Track, Haast Pass, and down to Queenstown where I went bungee jumping.

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My journey backpacking around the world

After writing five jewelry books, I liberate myself to go backpacking around the globe. Over five years of wandering, I reconnected with the joy of traveling by exploring the natural beauty of the world, stepping outside my comfort zone, meeting amazing people along the way, learning new languages, and discovering a profound happiness in my soul.

First I hiked half of the Appalachian Trail and then traveled down Central America from Guatemala to Panama. Next, I backpacked across South America from the bottom of Argentina up to Colombia. Still thirsty for more, I rode a bicycle across New Zealand and Australia, and then hiked the John Muir Trail in California with a few friends. Next up, SE Asia!

Appalachian Trail Hiking
June - August 2011

I hiked southbound for 1,000 miles in 10 weeks on the legendary Appalachian Trail from Harper's Ferry, West Virginia down to Asheville, North Carolina.

Image of a butterfly with waves of blue hills beyond.


Surfing Central America
September 2011 - January 2012

I traveled for five months down the Pacific coast of Central America through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Image of an underwater starfish at Boca Del Torro.


Backpacking South America
March - August 2012

I traveled six months across South America northbound, from the bottom of Argentina up through Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, to the beaches of Colombia.

Image of sunrise on the Towers at Torres del Paine.


New Zealand Cycle Tour
December 2013 - March 2014


I took three months to cycle tour and hike across the mystical islands of New Zealand; pedaling from north to south, from the capitol of Auckland and then zigzagging down through the mountains to Queenstown.

This is a rare rainbow while hiking Author's Pass.


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Cycling Southeastern Australia
March - May 2014

I cycled 4000km in three months along the Southeastern coastline of Australia. I started in Brisbane, rode down the sunshine coast to Sydney, then pedaled westward to Melbourne, and the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide.

Image of ------------------


Hiking the John Muir Trail
August 2014

I went hiking with a few friends (with huge backpacks) 250 miles in 19 days along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Image of the sunrise over Thousand Lakes.


Guatemala Yoga Training
January - June 2015

I invested five months to go deeper into my awareness while living a blissful life in San Marcos on the shores of Lago Atitlan. I studied with multiple teachers to practice the ancient arts of yoga, prana breathing, meditation, astro-projecting, lucid dreaming, and Thai message.

Image of sunrise over Lago Atitlan


Backpacking Southeast Asia
July 2015 - March 2016

I backpacked for nine months across Southeast Asia, traveling from Thailand, down the Mekong River through Laos into Cambodia, rambled across Vietnam, chilled in the Philippines, motorcycle toured across Indonesia, then up through Malaysia, and back to Thailand.

Image of Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam.


English Teaching in Thailand
April 2016 - present

After five years on the road, I was running out of money and travel motivation, so I decided to stay in Bangkok for a few years. My goal is to pay off my travel debts and publish this series of travel eBooks that will lead to writing of a series of paperback travel novels.

Image of my Thai students and me.

 
 
           
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