THE BOOK CHALLENGE

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Everything I do on my travels has to be connected to people that connect online via social networks or in real life. They tell me where to go, what to do, how to get there, who to meet, where to sleep and last but not least they also give me challenges. 

This way of traveling taught me a lot about the many countries I visited, its people and also about myself... I think it's safe to say that my belief in people, as well as my comfort zone grew a lot :-)

The video below shows you my TEDx talk about this adventure and how being social can enrich your travels and life.





The past 5 years I tackled 6 big ones with the help of friends and followers. 









These past years so many people have been telling me to write a book. Well now that I have my 5 year social travel anniversary coming up I thought it'd be the perfect occasion for it. It's totally different from the challenges I did in the past but I'm ready again to take up the glove. 

There are so many stories untold and I look forward to finally write them down. 



The first book  'Social Across Canada' will tell the story of my guitar and road trip adventure across Canada last year. 



For this challenge I had to find an old VW type 2 (hippie) van, which was a challenge in itself :-)

Then I had to drive across the country from the far East of the country to the far West all the way to the border with Alaska. I drove 22.000 km in total and went from a +30°C summer to a -35°C winter in this legendary '78 van.

But it didn't stop there. Along the way I also had to learn to play guitar.  

The journey took me about 6 months and in this time people joined in, helped me with car troubles, they offered me places to sleep, introduced me to their friends, taught me guitar, guided me, gave me tips to drive the van in freezing temperatures with barely any heating... It's been quite the adventure. :-)




This is my first fundraising campaign and to be honest it's quite nerve wrecking :-)  
In order to be able to write the book I need funding for a place, the time to write, for the design, promotion and production.

By backing the book you make it possible and basically pre order the book.

You get of course a reward in return for your support.  Read all about the different rewards on the right.

Since it's my 5 year Anniversary the GOAL is to get 500 BOOKS backed/ordered with your help.





As with all my challenge you can influence things as they happen on social media.
I'll post first drafts, short stories to choose from and you will also be able to ask travel and personal questions that I'll answer in the book.

So connect and be part of the adventure ;-)


Be part of the adventure on Facebook   Be part of the adventure on Twitter Be part of the adventure on Google Plus Be part of the adventure on Instagram





Depending on how much you Back the Book you get one of the following rewards. 


Everybody backing the book gets a mention in the 'Thank You' section of the book :-)


I'll send you a hand written postcard (very old school I know) made from pictures I took on my adventure across Canada. 





'Social Across Canada' will be a bundle of short stories about the entire journey, written by myself but also from the point of view of the people I met. I'll also focus on how everything is connected and how being social shaped my adventure on the go. 
It's a beautiful mix of kind, adventurous and serendipity moments.









I've been wearing this shirt most of the time on my adventures and I learned that it's a real 'Friend-magnet' since it works as a great conversation starter. I made it myself and I got people asking me all the time where they could get one. Well this is your chance. I guarantee you that it will boost your social life. It's been tested around the world. :-)






If you want you can get me to jump on a plane or a bus to come visit you and your friends, your organisation or company.

I could come visit you and your friends for a jam and a chat in your hometown. Then there's also the option for me to visit your organisation for an evening of story telling or you can book me for a social media workshop with your company's social media team, I have 9 years of experience in the field.

I'll bring books, social shirts and beers :-) 

The visit option is unfortunately only valid in Europe.



                                                                    
                                                              6 - PROMOTION


There are also rewards that offer promotion via social media and of course in the book for companies, bloggers, organisations or brands. Via my social channels I reach about 1 million impressions/month.

You find all the rewards on the right side of this page. Check em out and pick your favorite ;-)




You can help me a lot by telling your friends about this fundraising project. 
Just share this page with your friends and followers on social media. 

I'm sure you know friends that are interested in feel good adventure travel stories or friends that would like to know more how to travel just by being social.

You might even know company owners or digital marketing managers that would be interested to support this project.

Thank you for spreading the word and being social ;-)

Let's do this... TOGETHER!


How The Funds Will Be Used

For a place and the time to focus on writing, for the design, promotion and production.
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Unsuccessful in meeting the target on 8th May 2015 at 9:31am.
10 +Postcard LoveYou receive a hand written POSTCARD with a picture from the Canada adventure and of course loads of love and gratitude ;-) BOOK BONUS: Mention in 'Thank You' section of the book. SOCIAL BONUS: Take a picture with the received postcard and send it to me. I'll add it to a Book Challenge album on Facebook and Google Plus.
9 Chosen | 491 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
20 +Early Birds PackageFirst come, first served! Get your 'Social across Canada' eBOOK at a discounted price. BOOK BONUS: Mention in the 'Thank You' section. SOCIAL BONUS: Send a picture of you with the book and I'll add it to a Book Challenge album on Facebook and Google Plus.
23 Chosen | 27 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
25 +My first bookYou get the 'Social across Canada' eBOOK that tells you the story of my musical road trip adventure across Canada in an old hippie van learning to play guitar :-) It bundles short stories written by myself but also from the point of view of the people I met. It's a mix of serendipity, random and adventurous moments. BOOK BONUS: Mention in the 'Thank You' section. SOCIAL BONUS: Send a picture with the book and I'll add it to a Back the Book album on Facebook and Google Plus.
20 Chosen | 480 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
40 +'Social Shirt' PackageYou get the eBOOK, and an über cool SOCIAL SHIRT that's been connecting people since 2010. This shirt is the ultimate 'friend-magnet' since it's an amazing conversation starter. It's been tested around the world :-) BOOK BONUS: Mention in the 'Thank You' section of the book SOCIAL BONUS: Send me a picture of you and somebody you met with the shirt. I'll share it on my social channels. The picture will also be posted on Twitter, Instagram and in a Social Shirt album on Facebook and Google Plus.
13 Chosen | 287 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
50 +Blogger loveYou become part of the 30% affiliate program at launch of the book. You get an eBOOK and SOCIAL SHIRT BOOK BONUS: You get your picture + link in the Blogger Love section of the book SOCIAL BONUS: I'll post your picture on my social channels with the link to your blog and the relevant social media tag.
13 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
60 +Cyber JamLet's jam together in a Google Hangout. There's room for 10 people in total. This would be my first Cyber jam :-) You also get the eBOOK and SOCIAL SHIRT. BOOK BONUS: Mention in the 'Thank You' section of the book SOCIAL BONUS: The Jam will be recorded and shared on YouTube and via my social channels ;-)
0 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
100 +Shape the BookLet's talk one on one! We have a 1 hour chat over Google Hangout about what you'd like to read in the book, Travel, adventure, Being Social, ... You of course get the eBOOK and the SOCIAL SHIRT. BOOK BONUS: one of your questions from the chat will be answered in the book and you get a mention in the 'Shaped the Book' section. SOCIAL BONUS: The chat will be recorded and published on YouTube and afterwards shared via my social channels.
3 Chosen | 17 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
150 +Friends & Family packageSince doing things together is always better you get a better deal ordering for a group of friends and/or your family You get 5 eBOOKS and 5 SOCIAL SHIRTS for you and your friends/family. BOOK BONUS: Mention of you and your friends or family in the 'Thank You' section. SOCIAL BONUS: Send me a picture of you and your friends/family holding the eBook and wearing the social shirt I'll share it via my social channels :-)
0 Chosen | 50 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
300 +Social Company PartnerYou get 10 eBOOKS and 10 SOCIAL SHIRTS for your employees and/or clients. BOOK BONUS: Your company logo + link will be published in the partner section. SOCIAL BONUS: Send me a picture of the team with the eBooks and social shirts and I'll share it via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus. I'll of course TAG your company in the post.
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
500 +Chapter PartnerYou receive 15 eBOOKS and 15 SOCIAL SHIRTS for your employees and/or clients BOOK BONUS: Your logo will be on the title page of a chapter. There are 10 chapters. 1 per province (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or Yukon). SOCIAL BONUS: Send a picture with your team and I'll share it on my social channels. You'll also be tagged in all posts on social media that are about writing the chapter that you sponsor.
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
550 +Personal DeliveryYup you're reading it right. I'll swing by with my guitar to meet you and your friends. I'll bring you 10 eBOOKS, 10 SOCIAL SHIRTS and some BEER. Let's jam hit the town and have some fun. BOOK BONUS: One of your questions will be answered in the book. Picture in the 'Thank You' Section. SOCIAL BONUS: Our pictures will of course end up on my social media channels as well so bring friends and let's be social. :-) Valid for people living in the EU.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
700 +Story Telling EveYou can book me for an evening of story telling at your organization, community or company. I'd swing by and share stories from my Canada adventure and learnings from this 5 year social travel adventure. I'll bring 15 eBOOKS and 15 SOCIAL SHIRTS. BOOK BONUS: Organisation logo + link in the partner section. SOCIAL BONUS: We'll take an epic group picture that I'll post on my social channels with the relevant tags. Only valid in the EU.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
1000 +Social Media WorkshopI swing by your company for a social media workshop. I'm working in the industry since 2006. Your social media team gets a workshop about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus. They also get an eBOOK and a SOCIAL SHIRT. BOOK BONUS: Logo and link in the partner section. SOCIAL BONUS: We of course post a team photo for my social channels wit the relevant tags Only valid in the EU.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
5000 +Book SponsorYou'll be the main sponsor of the book. You get 100 eBOOKS and 100 SOCIAL SHIRTS for your employees and/or as a gift for your clients. BOOK BONUS: Your logo + link will be integrated on the cover and on every chapter page. SOCIAL BONUS: You'll get a dedicated post and will also be tagged in all the posts on my social channels about the book challenge.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015