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Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler: A Road Map to the Life You Were Meant to Live is a motivational non-fiction book written by Leon Logothetis. The author has travelled to over ninety different countries and is a motivational speaker, author and adventurer. Leon knew instinctively that he really didn’t want the life he was supposedly destined to lead: school, a job, a family and a mortgage. And so, in his early twenties, Leon left his desk job and apartment in London and sought his first adventure in Nepal. He found a guide who agreed to show him the country over the two weeks he had allotted himself, and it became an effortless and exhilarating experience for him to be following Ardash, his guide, as he directed their movements across the country. He had gone there looking for change, for something more than the dreary existence he seemed to have fallen into, and he found the answer shortly before his trip was due to end. He was a Traveler, and his ideal life would consist of following the Way of the Traveler. There was magic in the sunrises and the faces of the people he met there, and everything, the food, the air, the weather, seemed charged with that intensity. He would never be able to step down from that exhilaration, nor did he ever want to. He had found his raison d’etre.
In his motivational non-fiction book, Live, Love, Explore, Leon Logothetis shares some of the highlights of his lifetime of travel and adventure. Along the way, he provides readers with a blueprint on how to craft their own lives of adventure, starting with the challenge early on in the text to write down those dreams they’ve long held close to their hearts. As he relays his stories, he continues to give the reader prompts and questions designed to get some hard thinking accomplished. Why are we here? Surely there’s more than sitting at a slab of wood and going home to a dinner, beer and bed. Leon’s stories are marvelous! From his first night in Grand Central Station with $5.00 in his pocket and a country to traverse, I was hooked on his story, and he didn’t let go of my attention until the last page. He had me thinking quite seriously about a long-held dream of a major hiking experience and considering how to make it actually happen. You see, his enthusiasm is that contagious, and he practices every single thing that he preaches. Leon’s story is written in an engaging, conversational style that makes you feel as though he’s sitting across from you at a table in a small cafe in a totally strange and new place. His comfort and ease with the unfamiliar seems to flow along with his words, and it makes you begin to think, ‘yes, he’s got something there. Bet I could do it too.’ And considering some of the adventures he’s been on, that’s no small feat. Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler: A Road Map to the Life You Were Meant to Live is the handbook to adventure many have always dreamed about; it’s most highly recommended.