TITLE: The Year I Became a Nomad
SUBTITLE: A journey through Asia on a quest for freedom, love and happiness
AUTHOR: Carlos Peñalba
DATE OF PUBLICATION: Aug 29, 2015
RETAIL PRICE: $16 (US Paperback)
VERY SHORT SYNOPSIS (<140 characters)
The Year I Became a Nomad is a travel memoir about a man who leaves New York to travel through Asia for a year on a quest for a new life.
The Year I Became a Nomad: A journey through Asia on a quest for freedom, love and happiness is a travel memoir about a 40-year old man who quits his New York life to travel through Asia, from Nepal to Japan, for a year with the aim of becoming a freelance writer and photographer.
The Year I Became a Nomad: A journey through Asia on a quest for freedom, love and happiness is a travel memoir about a 40-year old man who quits his New York life to travel through Asia for a year. Although his main motive is to explore a continent almost unknown to him, he also intends to use his journey to fulfill his dream of becoming a writer and a travel photographer.
Carlos’s original plan would take him from Nepal to Japan, but unexpected circumstances force him to alter his route and extend his adventure to eighteen months. After trekking high peaks, reaching remote cultures, having some interesting encounters and taking up vipassana meditation, the end of his long journey brings him (where he less expects it) something much more important than a new career.
The Year I Became a Nomad is a travel memoir of two journeys: Carlos’s physical and philosophical voyage to the East, as well as his personal quest to attain a new and fulfilling life.
VERY SHORT BIO (<140 characters)
Carlos Peñalba is a writer and photographer who traveled throughout Asia for 18 months and has just published a book about his adventure.
Carlos Peñalba is a Spain-based writer and photographer. He lived in London and New York for 16 years before quitting his job at a financial software firm to travel through Asia for 18 months. He’s just published a travel memoir about his adventure: The Year I Became a Nomad.
Carlos Peñalba is a Spain-based writer and photographer who lived in London and New York for 16 years working for a financial software firm. In 2009 he quit his well-paid job to travel through Asia for 18 months with the aim of becoming a freelance photographer and writer. He has recently published his first book, a travel memoir of his Asian adventure titled The Year I Became a Nomad: A journey through Asia on a quest for freedom, love and happiness. His photographs have been published, amongst others, by Doctors Without Borders, Macmillan Publishers, Garuda Indonesia, The Lovely Planet, The World Resources Institute and Business Insider.
Carlos Peñalba was born in San Sebastian (Spain). Most of his childhood and teenage days were dedicated to playing football (soccer) and being a good student. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, he spent nine months in the North African city of Melilla doing his military service.
He moved to London in 1996 with the objective of improving his already good English. In the British capital he worked in a couple of coffee shops and a popular pizza restaurant chain for a year while he studied English at Westminster College. Once his business English was good enough, he joined a financial software firm as a researcher on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and soon he became the Research Manager of a team covering M&A activity in Europe, Middle East and Latin America.
In 2004 the company he was working for asked him to move to their New York office for a year. Eager to expand his horizons, Carlos didn’t hesitate to make the move. Once settled, he decided to stay in the Big Apple where he was appointed Product Manager and later on Director of Global Operations.
In 2009, in midst of a worldwide financial crisis, Carlos quit his job to travel through Asia and become a writer and a photographer, two of his passions. He is initial plan of a full year exploring Nepal, India and Southeast Asia finally turned to an 18-month adventure. At the end of his long journey through Asia, from Nepal to Japan, he started the huge task of starting his career as a freelance photographer as well as writing a travel memoir about his adventure. The book, The Year I Became a Nomad: A journey through Asia on a quest for freedom, love and happiness, was released late in 2015. His photographs have been published, amongst others, by National Geographic Traveler, Doctors Without Borders, Macmillan Publishers, Garuda Indonesia, The Lovely Planet, The World Resources Institute and Business Insider.
Since he has been back from Asia, he has continued to be a nomad, living in different places like New York, San Sebastian and Madrid. He currently lives in Spain’s northwestern city of La Coruña with his girlfriend and his newborn baby boy. Besides photography, writing and spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, playing chess, watching Netflix, meditating, practicing yoga and walking by the sea. Traveling has been postponed until his baby boy is at least 6 months old.
SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- What did it make you quit your career in New York to travel through Asia?
- Why Asia?
- How did you prepare for the trip? What was in your luggage?
- What countries did you travel through? Did you have a predetermined itinerary?
- How did you finance it?
- Why did you go solo?
- What was the scariest situation you had to face?
- Do you need to be very fit to trek in the Himalayas for 15 days?
- You traveled through Myanmar for a month well before the latest political changes; how was it?
- How did the 10-day vipassana meditation retreat change you? Do you still meditate?
- How was living for a few days with an indigenous family in the jungle?
- How did you manage to cover over 12,000km (7,500 miles) in India in just 3 months?
- How was it to end your adventure in such a modern country as Japan?
- How much did you spend in the whole journey?
- Would you live in any of those countries?
- Did you fear the way back to normality?
- What was your plan once your adventure had ended?
- What are the main benefits of reading your book?