In 2007, Kris Mole flew one-way to Stockholm with a vow not to return home to England until he had visited every capital city in the mainland European Union. He set himself eight simple rules, most importantly A) that no money would be spent or handled during the journey, and B) no credit cards would be used either. Thus, the great Euro Freebie Challenge began: twenty-three cities to be visited, 6000 miles to be covered, without spending a single penny on the journey - to raise money, in fact, for Cancer Research UK. The colourful story of this six-month trip was first told by charismatic, wise-cracking, semi-anti-hero Kris via a series of blogs, and followed by readers of The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and the BBC website. Readers found Kris drawing on his formidable resourcefulness to acquire all of life's necessities for free, resting wherever he could find a place, and travelling by foot, hitch-hiking, or stowing away on trains - experiencing, as you might expect, a wild emotional ride in the process. August 2015 marks the first appearance of this epic journey in book form, with the author donating 10% of his royalties to Cancer Research UK.
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Whether or not you agree with his method, or would want to travel this way yourself, the message of the book is this: Go out and experience the world and you will learn.
This guy's ability to subject himself to the whims of others astounds me. He's brave; he's daring; he's a young guy throwing himself into life.
This book probably won't be about your life but will inspire you to look at your own life. In the end you'll be asking yourself: How can I get more out of my journey?