A guide for travelling recklessly, living stupidly. A shamelessly unhinged diary of one travel writer’s adventures.

Kidnapped in the most expensive taxi in Mexico.
Living like Frank Sinatra with a UTI in Palm Springs.
Avoiding exploding rubbish bins in new Tokyo.
Sleeping with man-eating spiders in Guatemala.

Paul Manser has seen all four corners of the world through his work. The Melbourne-based travel writer has written for newspapers and magazines in Australia; detailing sprawling landscapes and buzzing metropolises, while reviewing the often-unseen sides to some of the world's most popular destinations. However, this book isn’t about that. It’s about everything that didn’t make it into those articles.

A homage to most of his major life decisions, which started as incoherent nonsense on the back of a dive bar napkin, Paul Manser’s debut book Life Plans on Dive Bar Napkins details his wildest, wackiest, and most dangerous adventures over the years. It’s a sexy, ridiculous, and eccentric page turner that you’ll struggle to put down.

Featuring stories of being kidnapped in the most expensive taxi in Mexico, crashing dog sleds in the Arctic Circle, sharing a room with man-eating spiders in Guatemala, avoiding exploding rubbish bins in new Tokyo, and living like Frank Sinatra (with a UTI) in Palm Springs; each chapter will leave you wondering how Paul made it this far in life with all of his limbs intact and any notion of self-dignity. No matter where he was in the world, Paul managed to test the limits of his travel insurance policy while landing himself in truly astonishing situations. If being socially awkward was an extreme sport, Paul is your back-to-back X-Games champion.

The pages will see you laugh, gasp and blush while reading. The wonderfully colourful book isn’t just packed full of debauchery – no, it has plenty of stories of friendship, comradery, local kindness, perseverance, and lessons learnt. All of which have contributed to who Paul is as a writer, businessperson, father, and perennial Darwin Award contender.

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