A YEAR ON THE ROAD is a photo diary of a 64,000 mile honeymoon from Edinburgh to Glasgow (Part I covers Russia, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand).
Part II can be viewed at: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1541084
The book provides a photographic companion to COME AWAY WITH ME, also by Peter Burdon, and most of the photographic titles relate to stories in this book:
All proceeds from the sale of A YEAR ON THE ROAD and a minimum of 50% of proceeds from COME AWAY WITH ME will be donated to:
Mines Advisory Group
Christina Noble Children's Foundation
For futher information please contact Peter at email@example.com
The following are excerpts taken from an interview with Peter:
Which charities will you support, and why?
We had many fantastic experiences on our travels. However, it is impossible to travel through countries such as Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia and Bolivia without witnessing extreme poverty, the impact of war, and a lack of opportunity for many of the young people. Therefore, we have decided to support Christina Noble Children's Foundation which helps children in need with education, medical care, social opportunities and job placement, Mines Advisory Group which clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide, and Emilie's Charities which supports projects involving under-privileged children and young adults in developing countries.
Is there anywhere in particular you would like to return?
We spent five days at an eco-lodge called Chalalán, deep in the Bolivian rainforest. It is an extraordinary place. When it was time to leave, our guide, Sergio, asked if we might return one day so that he could take us to his village and introduce us to his parents. I promised we would, and have every intention of keeping my word!
And anywhere you would never return?
After much deliberation, we decided to enter the mines of Potosí, also in Bolivia. I have no desire to venture inside those mines again. We are hoping to use some of the proceeds from the book to help support community and health projects in Potosí.
64,000 miles is quite a distance to travel - how did you get around?
I worked out that we used 27 different modes of transport. However, we mainly travelled by train and bus and, in the interests of cost and time, took four long haul flights.
Were there any low points on your travels?
We were gassed and robbed on the night train from Hanoi to Hué in Vietnam. I lost all of my photographic equipment, some photographs, my precious notes and, for a short while at least, my sense of humour.
Did you work whilst you were away?
No. One of my only conditions before setting off was that we saved enough money to cover the cost of the journey and had enough to set up home again when we returned. We had a very frugal 18 months in London before we left, but it was worth it.
I understand that your friends and family bought you experiences to do on your travels as wedding presents - what was the most unusual gift?
I think they were all a little unusual really! My father bought us two one-way tickets to Siberia, which I suppose is not exactly a normal present to give your son and daughter-in-law. But he insisted it was because he loves trains and that it was not down to my choice of bride.
Finally, would you do it all again?
Yes, definitely, I have no regrets, which is probably just as well - Lindsey has already said she’d like to retrace our exact route when we retire in thirty odd years time (health and geopolitical situations permitting). I may well be insisting on an upgrade from economy by then though...
Peter lives in Hyndland, Glasgow, with his wife and son. He is the author of COME AWAY WITH ME.