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Old World Wandering

A journey from Shanghai to Cape Town overland, described in a series of long-form dispatches. The literary travelogue, reinvented.

Old World Wandering

A journey from Shanghai to Cape Town overland, described in a series of long-form dispatches. The literary travelogue, reinvented.

$15,338
pledged of $34,500pledged of $34,500 goal
113
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 11 2012 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 11, 2012
 

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    A long-form story written just for you, our backers, published in a variety of digital formats. It might be about crossing the Mongolian steppe on horseback or China’s new influence along what remains of the Silk Road. To thank you, we'll add your name and country at the end of the story you helped to create.

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    An advance release, digital edition of a book still on the far horizon. We don't know exactly when we'll reach Africa's southern tip, but once we do we'll embark on another journey: writing the story of our trip across three continents, from Shanghai to Cape Town. This is an option for patient backers, willing to invest in the future of Old World Wandering. You’ll also receive a postcard and the digital story.

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    A personal email with advice on visiting a city, country or region in the Old World. Take a look at OldWorldWandering.com, tell us where you're going, and we’ll share our discoveries with you, along with our mistakes. You’ll also receive a postcard and the digital story.

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    Document a journey of your own in a custom journal from our partners at Bound. Choose any combination of blank or lined pages, calendars, maps, musical staves – and more – for this 140 page journal. We’ll also send you a postcard and the digital story. (Journals are 4" x 6" with a sturdy yet flexibull™ linen-wrapped cover in a choice of colours.)

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    Three photographs of striking landscapes, memorable scenes and photogenic characters from the Old World, selected by us. We’ll send you high-quality, professional photo prints roughly the size of a magazine cover, along with a postcard, the digital story and an advance release of our e-book.

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    An Old World Wandering collectible: The long-form story in a beautiful limited-edition hardback book, featuring full colour photographs and a map. No more than eighty will ever be printed. You'll also receive a postcard, a digital edition of the story and an advance release of our e-book.

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    THE TRAVELLER'S BUNDLE: A custom journal, a limited-edition hardback and a photograph from the Old World. We’ll also send you the digital story, an advance release of our e-book and a postcard.

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    THE READER'S BUNDLE: A signed copy of both Iain's Tales of Old Singapore (2010), about the pirates, prostitutes and opium peddlers who built Asia's greatest emporium, and Claire's Paint By Numbers (2012), which tells the story of Chinese art's journey from propaganda to market darling. You’ll also receive a limited-edition hardback, a photograph from the Old World, the digital story, an advance release of our e-book and a postcard.

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    Markets are among the greatest of travel's joys and in our age of mass production, handmade, rare or unique goods have more value than ever. We’ll give you a call to talk about your personal tastes, then hunt like bloodhounds through workshops, souqs and bazaars – haggling with antique dealers and carpet salesmen – all in the name of finding you something special that somehow embodies the Old World. This distinctive, high-quality gift will be purchased as close to the source as possible and comes with a photograph of the person who sold it to us in the treasure trove where it was bought. You'll also receive the digital story, an advance release of our e-book and a postcard.

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    Join us for a long weekend in Istanbul, the Silk Road's western terminus and our journey's halfway mark. Most visitors to the capital of the Byzantine Empire take in its Roman and Ottoman history but on this, our second visit, we want to explore how trade links shaped the city, and find what's left of the riches that arrived here along the Silk Road.

    We'll meet resident experts with knowledge of the city's lesser known nooks and crannies, then dine on local delicacies beside the Bosphorus, where Europe and Asia intersect. We'll point you in the direction of our favourite hammam or spend afternoons drinking tea in the souqs. There will be plenty of food for thought on this out-of-the-ordinary trip, but also the freedom to decide which Istanbul you'd like to see. The price includes three nights in an elegant hotel (with breakfast), transport within Istanbul, expert guides and entrance fees while we explore the city. After you return home, you'll receive a limited-edition hardback book with a story about our time in Istanbul, including full colour photographs and a map. We will be equally happy to spend a long weekend with one or ten of you. 24-27 May 2013 (UK Bank Holiday). Excludes flights.

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    Reach Old World Wandering’s loyal, intelligent readers by being the sole sponsor of our website and email updates for a full two months. You'll also receive the digital story, an advance release of our e-book and a postcard. Please email kickstarter@oldworldwandering.com for more details.

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    Receive a subscription to all of Old World Wandering’s long-form dispatches, available for a wide range of devices. You’ll receive at least one dispatch from every country we travel through on our journey from Shanghai to Cape Town. You’ll also receive the long-form story written just for backers, including your name and country at the end.

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