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By Carole Rosenblat
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About this project

What the heck is it?

Have you ever wanted to travel someplace but been overwhelmed by the prospect of planning your trip? Or are you the person who feels you must have every minute of your trip planned or you will miss something, or perhaps be arrested and spend the rest of your days in a foreign prison making friends with rats? Well then, this book is for you. It’s also for those who just enjoy great story-telling. It’s a Travel Memoir with a Twist. It began with the website www.DropMeAnywhere.com where readers voted on where I traveled without a plan. In fact, they still do!

The website is still going and readers are currently voting where they will “drop me” next. I travel to the chosen locations within 2 weeks of each vote closing. I plan as little as possible – flight (stand-by if possible, first night or two lodging). Once I arrive, I figure out what’s there. I talk to locals and find out the best places to eat and drink, the most exciting adventures, the best museums, what the people are like and more. And then I tell readers about them in an engaging, and humorous style.

What else is in there?

There’s also philanthropy. Once I arrive in the chosen location I find a local organization or project with which I volunteer for a day or part of a day. Descriptions of these organizations will also be included in the book. I’ll let you know what they do, who they help and how you can get involved.

How will the book differ from the website?

While the website is a big part of the project due to the interactive premise of readers deciding where I go, the book is a different beast. While each day tends to be a different story in the blog, the book will be written as a memoir of the year of doing this project. The book will also tell the untold stories from the road. Like any good memoir, you can think of these stories as the ‘sex, drugs and rock-n-roll’ of the book (I’m saving these stories). I also plan to hold back telling any of the stories from a couple of the trips. People will vote, but they’ll have to wait for the book for these stories.

How will the money be used?

This book is different than some others in that I can’t go to a day job and come home to research and write at night. The travel is the research. The money won’t cover the whole thing, but I’ve worked hard to save some money over the last couple of years and I also do some writing on the side for some corporate clients and media. Here and there I do a few trips in my old business of corporate meeting management in order help support my writing and myself.

But wait, there’s more. . .

You can also support the project by donating miles. Yes, through the website you can click on the donate miles page in order to find out how. The challenge here is that the airlines charge to gift miles. Kickstarter money may be used to cover this fee as well as taxes and fees charged when the miles are used. Miles are more challenging to use and using them for flights is never free, but I like to offer options.

What makes me qualified to write this book?

I’ve worked in various sectors of the travel industry for twenty years. I’ve worked on board cruise ships, as a camping/adventure tour guide, an international tour manager, in hotels (I was the Director of Fun) and in onsite logistical management of corporate meeting and incentive programs. I’ve been writing professionally for six years. I write tour brochures and client communications for corporate clients, blogs for corporate websites, travel, tourism, and tourism policy articles for news websites and articles for industry magazines, I’m passionate about both travel and writing. I love showing others the various sights and cultures around the world, either in person or in the written word.

What people are saying about Drop Me Anywhere

“Excellent series – kept me captivated every day! So visual with your descriptions I could actually imagine myself there. You really have a gift for storytelling. Thanks for taking us all on the journey with you. Will look forward to traveling with you again in the future.”

“Hilarious…you are good at making the frustrations of traveling hilarious!”

“Statue is beautiful! I love the story about how they gave you a tour on a non-tour day!”

“It’s been so much fun to follow your adventure. Thanks for doing this project and for sharing! It is inspiring.”

“The veiled virgin – what an incredible sight – you’re right – I couldn’t imagine how marble could be made transparent. Thanks for that”

“Great piece. Wonderful for you to drop in and find your way in to give back so quickly. Good on you!”

“You really are a terrific writer. Glad you had fun in the cold weather… at least they didn’t make you shovel. Can’t wait to see what you post tomorrow.”

"“Deed I is me ole cock…”? Yikes, though intriguing. Again, you’ve brought us inside your trip. Kissing cod and the whole lamb tagine deal, which I’m in for. (I don’t share either). Thanks!”

“Ah, the travel days the guidebooks don’t mention! Glad you do, since a weird day makes for good stories afterward.”

“Thanks for bringing us along! Looking forward to keeping with your travels.”

“Congratulations, err, I think?! Seriously, this is such a unique and very cool concept that I look forward to reading more about how this big adventure plays out for you. Kudos for your initiative.”

“Wow, Carole. This was an excellent read. You are so hysterical, even when dealing with such a backwards dilemma.”

“Very exciting and creative venture you’ve created- love it!”

Risks and challenges

As with any new business I expect to confront many challenges on this road to publishing Drop Me Anywhere. The good news is, I am a former Disney leader and can draw on my training and experience. When confronted with an unexpected challenge I learned to think outside of the box and find creative ways to overcome it. It’s amazing what you can come up with when failure is not an option (yes, Gene Kranz, Flight Director from Apollo 13 fame was right).

The biggest obstacle I can foresee is on the publishing side. There is no doubt in my mind that I will complete this book and that it will be engaging, touching, funny and informative. Yes, there will be some tough times (there already have been some), but I am excellent at finding creative solutions and plowing through these. The most difficult parts are the things beyond my control. Having an agent or publishing company decide they are interested; that this is the right book for them at that moment. I am not one to easily take no for an answer. And this idea has the support of many travel writers (some quite well-known) and published authors. Once I receive my mandatory seventy-five “no’s” I will then consider the self-publishing route. Please note that self-publishing is not what it used to be. Many successful books have been self-published including John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill,” James Redfield’s “The Celestine Prophecy” and, of course, E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Thus, while self-publishing doesn’t scare me, I’d rather have the backing of a publishing house. Either way, this book will be published.

Another obstacle to overcome (as always) is money. While your contribution will assist in the research for this book, it will not support my everyday living. In order to contribute to this, I hope to secure ad revenue for my website and continue to write for corporate clients and secure new ones in order to assist with my everyday living. Temp. work is also an option as well as earning money freelancing in my previous profession of corporate meeting management. As I truly believe in this book, I would seriously consider selling or renting my house should the need arise.

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    VIRTUAL TRAVEL BUDDY - A big thank-you on the Drop Me Anywhere website.

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    TRAVEL BUFF - Consider this your advance copy of the E-Book. Yup, you get it free! Oh, and you'll be thanked accordingly.

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    TRAVEL AFICIONADO - You'll receive the printed book, sent straight to your door. Unless you prefer to travel to me to come pick it up because, well, any excuse to travel! And my sincerest thanks!

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    TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL - Sure, I'll send you a signed copy of the book (or an electronic version if you prefer). But I'll also include a fancy Drop Me Anywhere luggage tag to help you and your luggage arrive together.

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    YOU'VE GOT BAGGAGE - You get the signed book (or electronic version if you prefer) and the luggage tag. I'll also include a logo tote bag so you can look all fancy when walking through airports. I'll even sign that if you want. Oh, and of course a big thanks from me.

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    THE INFORMED TRAVELER - You'll receive a signed copy of the book (or electronic version if you prefer) and the luggage tag and tote bag. You'll also receive a 30 minute personal travel consultation. Yup, afraid to go somewhere? Not sure how to get the best deal? Which cruise to take? I can help. This can be done by phone, Facetime or Skype (and I'll be able to thank you sort of in person!)). Book and other items delivered in July 2015. Consultation is available as soon as the Kickstarter project ends.

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    ARE YOU TELLING ME WHAT TO DO? - Why yes, you are. For this generous contribution, while I'm on location for Drop Me Anywhere you get to name an activity for me to do. Or a restaurant to eat at. Or maybe someone I just have to meet there. Who knows, it may (probably will) end up included in the book. Oh, you'll get the book (electronic or print), luggage tag and tote too. Yes, the book, luggage tag and tote will be delivered in July 2015, but your recommendation will be sooner than that.

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    I'M TALKING TO YOU - As I'm a writer and public speaker, I'll speak to your group via a Skype presentation. A motivational speech to inspire anyone (especially women & girls) on female empowerment, how to live your passion, how to stay inspired and how to keep fear at bay. Oh, and I can always speak on being a good traveler. And you'll get your copy of the book (electronic or print), luggage tag and tote bag which will be delivered in July 2015. The presentation can be before that.

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    WE'VE GOT TO STOP MEETING LIKE THIS - I'll speak to your group in person! It must be within a 200 mile radius of my home in Arizona or on a Drop Me Anywhere location (unless you're paying travel fees, then my speaker fee would be waived). Of course you'll get the book (electronic or print), tote bag and luggage tag in July 2015, but I'll come speak before that if you'd like.

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    YOU'VE GOT A GUIDE IN ME - As I've spent many years tour guiding for groups, I know the best locations, the history and the amazing adventures to be had in Arizona. I'll be your personal tour guide for a weekend (Friday - Sunday) in AZ. This does not cover your travel costs (transportation, food, accommodation, etc.), but it does cover the fun and adventure I can show you or your group. If you have a group, I'll also give the presentation named in the I'M TALKING TO YOU reward. And you'll get 4 books to read on the road, 4 tote bags to carry them in and those all important luggage tags. We can work it out with your travel dates which may be prior to the book publishing. International shipping is not available but, if you arrive after July 2015, I'll give you the books, luggage tags and tote bags in person. Or you can get the book electronically.

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    DROP US ANYWHERE - Yup, that's right, come fly with me. Well, no, you'll cover your airfare, but I'll cover the accommodations. You stay where I stay (not always the most luxurious). You (1 person) join me on a Drop Me Anywhere adventure. You'll experience it first-hand and be written about in the book! Reward can be taken anytime during the year-long Drop Me Anywhere adventure. Yes, I'll give you 5 books, luggage tags and tote bags in July 2015. Note - International shipping is not available, but you can receive the books electronically and I'll hand you the luggage tags and totes bags when we meet in person.

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