Completing the first draft of the Gentle Art of Travel

Thanks to those who chose to follow the book as I was writing it. I will be editing it sometime next month, and aiming to have it published in January.

This one will be an ebook only, and I’ll be trying an experiment: allowing people to download it for free, read it first and then pay what the book was worth to them. This will be either a very smart decision or a very stupid one …

I’ve removed the work-in-progress here. If you’d like to know when the book is available, either follow this blog or Like my Facebook author page to receive updates.

Future updates both here and there will be rather sporadic, focusing on progress in planning & writing the sequel to The Billion Dollar Heist, which will be rather imaginatively titled The Two Billion Dollar Heist.

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The gentle art of travel


I wasn’t supposed to be writing this; I was supposed to be writing the sequel to The Billion Dollar Heist. But having twice failed to come up with a plan that had the scale, spectacle and audacity of the original, I decided to put that on hold for a while and write a non-fiction book that had been sitting quietly in the back of my mind for years.

Here’s a first draft at a back cover blurb for it:

They say that travel broadens the mind and enriches the spirit. These things are true. Travel can also reduce the most laid-back of individuals to seething balls of incandescent fury.

In this practical yet entertaining book, Ben Lovejoy uses the experience gained in two decades of frequent travel across a total of 68 countries to share his take on the gentle art of travelling without breaking sweat.

The author’s flights have ranged from Concorde to Ryanair, and his airline status from top tier frequent flyer to staff travel standby. In The gentle art of travel, he shares the tips & tricks he has learned on everything from remaining sane on ‘five countries in a week’ business trips to enjoying a business class experience on a no-frills budget.

You’ll learn the five secrets to getting airline upgrades, how to get a 5-star hotel room on a 2-star budget, the one place you want to go on every trip, how to pack in 12 minutes flat without forgetting anything, the best way to squeeze sightseeing into the tightest of business schedules – and much, much more.


Update: The first draft is now complete, and will be edited in December and published in January.

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