My new travel safety book is out in all formats!
You can buy the Kindle edition HERE.
You can get a paperback copy HERE.
If you have a NOOK reader or are looking for the book in Apple Books, Kobo, and for library editions, you can get a copy on Smashwords.
If you are a Patreon supporter, you can get a free copy of the book HERE.
I sent out free copies to all my Paypal supporters last night. If you are a Paypal supporter and didn’t get an email from me, check your spam filter or shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a free copy.
In the next few weeks I plan on figuring out a way I can sell autographed book copies from my site. Please be patient. All this stuff has a tremendous learning curve. Once I figure out how the shipping and fulfillment issues work and figure out my exact costs, I’ll announce how you can get an autographed copy.
I am also ordering archival quality adhesive bookplates so that I can send you an autograph or dedication you can place in a book you’ve already purchased.
It’s all coming and I’ll announce it here as soon as I get it sorted out.
If you want the Kindle edition, buy it today. Tomorrow I’m going to raise the price to $9.95.
The book is doing amazingly well. It has sold more than 600 copies (the average non-fiction book sells 250 copies in the first year it is published) and has held the title of #1 New Release in the Travel Reference category on Amazon for almost two weeks.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
Do you get anxiety when you think about traveling to a foreign country? Do you want to see the world and have epic adventures while simultaneously avoiding the risk of death or dismemberment? If you want to do dangerous things in a safe manner, this book is for you.
Career police officer and veteran traveler Greg Ellifritz has written the definitive guide to safe travel in dangerous places. No matter whether you are traveling internationally or to one of the more dangerous cities in the USA, this book will provide you with quality tips that will make your travel adventure much safer and more enjoyable. The book covers topics like:
-Hotel room safety
-Assessing neighborhood risk factors and local security issues
-Navigating public transportation in foreign cities
-Avoiding common travel scams
-Pickpocket prevention strategies
-Foreign money and banking Issues
-Safe eating and drinking guidelines for foreign countries
-Minimizing language translation issues
In addition to providing solutions for some of the common daily struggles international travelers face, this book also discusses less common but more hazardous situations such as:
-Preparing for third-world natural disasters
-Escape from terrorist attacks and bombing incidents
-Medical issues and treatments in the developing world
-Identifying indicators of criminal behavior
-Discreet travel weapons
-Dealing with bribes and corrupt police officers
-Abduction attempts, “Express kidnappings,” and “Virtual kidnappings”
The book contains useful travel guidelines, valuable checklists and a massive number of additional travel resource suggestions.
Many books of this genre are written for either professional business travelers with unlimited corporate budgets or for international espionage agents. I realize that most of my readers won’t have the resources to hire a bodyguards or a protection detail for their family vacations. I also know that adventure travelers don’t need to understand counter surveillance operations or how to communicate in a clandestine manner. Other travel books cover those topics.
Choose Adventure provides simple and practical tips for the everyday traveler who wants to have fun in the developing world while reducing the chances of being victimized, injured, or killed. The book supplies all the information you need to safely navigate the complex issues of international travel while enjoying yourself in the process.
The book has already received some excellent reviews.
Thank you all for your support. My plan is to release two more travel safety books this year to support this initial offering. The two other books will both be shorter and more focused on particular topics (travel scams and useful travel apps). I then plan on finishing my police memoir and converting some of my website content into books. As always, my supporters on both Patreon and on Paypal will receive free digital copies of all my books.
I’ll have a new travel safety blog out in the next couple weeks as well. I’ll link to it here when it goes live.
In retrospect, writing a travel book when Americans in general neither read nor travel internationally, while in the midst of a global pandemic may not have been the best marketing decision. That’s OK. I hope some of you enjoy the book and that you are able to implement some of its strategies during an upcoming trip after the world opens up again.