Oh the places you’ll go and get inked


We love receiving reviews for books that have inspired travellers to get out there and hit the road, but this very personal tale of how a book left such a lasting impression is not your average reading list recommendation.

Sarah Wilkinson posted this great story on our Intrepid Facebook page and we thought it was too good not to share with you all…

“Everyone loves a good travel tale, so I thought I’d share my cousin Brad’s travel inspired tattoo with you. He used to be quite comfortable returning to places he knew he liked and opt to not explore much of the world. However, earlier this year while on a tour of New Zealand, he was introduced to the Dr Seuss book, Oh the Places You’ll Go.

Brad’s perspective on travel changed completely. All from a simple childrens book. It had that much of an impact on him that he had a permanent reminder inked onto his arm – the title of the book with the flag for each country he’s visited.

Before this year he would have only had 3 flags on his arm – England, Australia and Thailand. But now he’s added Indonesia, USA, New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland to the mix. And it’ll only continue to fill up as he’s got several holidays planned next year too, including more of Europe, Africa and Egypt. Plus it meant he visited where I live (England) and I got to see him for the first time in nearly 8 years and show him around his home city. He got to meet grandparents, aunts, uncles and other cousins he hadn’t seen since he was born and moved to Australia as a baby.

It was a moment that he and I will both cherish for life. I think it’s such a great little story and an amazing tattoo that I thought I’d share it with you. Hope it brings a bit of entertainment to your day too. If anyone ever needs any inspiration to travel, check out Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Oh and for the record, speaking to him following his UK holiday he claimed it was the best month of his life and that he regretted not doing it sooner. It’s a big world ripe for exploring with many adventures awaiting. Get out there and explore it people!”

Have you read a good book that inspired you to go travelling (even if you don’t have the tattoo to prove it)? Please email intrepidexpress@intrepidtravel.com and we’d love to share your book review!

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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This is my tattoo 🙂
Oh The Places You’ll Go really has a great message behind it. A brilliant book. Couldn’t recommend it enough to *everyone*. It’s certainly caused the travel bug to bite and bite hard with me. Looking forward to many more travels, including hopefully the Africa Encompassed tour with Intrepid mid-late 2014!!
Much love to my beautiful cousin Sarah for sharing my story, and thanks to all those who have taken the time to read it and enjoyed my ink. I hope your future travels are full of many great moments you’ll keep with you forever.

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