Throughout his overland motorcycle journey from Australia to England, Sam Manicom encountered countless obstacles traveling through border crossings, hostile territory, extreme terrain, and inclement weather. The lessons he learned and stories of the companions he gained along the way are told in this newly revised and updated edition of Under Asian Skies.
Sam has a vivid writing style that keeps the reader engrossed. It makes it easy to visualize his experiences, as if you’re riding in a sidecar right alongside him. Even though he tells of daunting adventures, his experiences are written from a humble perspective. His competence is clear, but he’s also honest about his limitations and shortcomings as a rider and mechanic. This makes it much more relatable for new and experienced riders alike. And, there are many anecdotes about being helped by other travelers and vice versa.
As he enters each new country, Sam gives a brief background on the culture, religious groups, and political history, providing some insight into the current state of the area. Aside from his travel tips and descriptions of the different regions, he recollects many short stories of love and companionship through the relationships and connections that were gained in his journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Under Asian Skies, but a good review wouldn’t be complete without a few pieces of constructive criticism. The illustrations in the book were a great way of adding a personal touch to the story, but I wish they were bigger. They’re done so well that they deserve to be better displayed. Also, the beautiful photos would be easier to associate with their locations and places within the story if their pages or chapters were referenced.
All in all, Under Asian Skies is a great read for those who want to live vicariously through the eyes of a worldwide traveler, and for those who love to rough it and just want to pick up great travel tips. Sam-Manicom.com
Author: Sam Manicom
Pricing: Paperback: $17.69
Audio Book: $23.77
ISBN 10: 095565730X
ISBN 13: 978-0955657306