Book Review: 100 Things-What’s on Your List?

by Melissa on January 18, 2012 · 3 comments

One sunny, Sydney afternoon, while I was holed up in Sydney Kingsford Smith Terminal 1 waiting to catch a flight to New Zealand; I found myself in the airport bookshop, when a certain book caught my eye.  100 Things-What’s on Your List? is the story of Sebastian Terry, a 20-something Aussie bloke who found himself in the same situation that many of us travelers seem to be in.  He was dissatisfied with the way his family, friends and society were dictating how he should live his life and he wanted to be part of something more.This story of pure travel inspiration, documents Sebastian’s travels to foreign lands, like Switzerland – where he works in a bar while learning French; or Colombia – where the sole purpose of his visit was to get shot (albeit, with a bulletproof vest on).  However, it is moreso about the personal journey that he goes through – where he starts to realize the more important things in life, like connecting on a more profound way with others, and doing whatever it takes to make himself happy.
100 Things-What's on Your List

The bucket list concept is nothing new – but what makes Sebastian’s story even more amazing are the ways in which opportunities just seemed to fall in his lap so conveniently.  I personally find that when I’m travelling, this happens to be the case.  A lot of the best things that happen on the road happen unexpectedly and at exactly the right moments.

Although 100 Things-What’s on Your List? isn’t necessarily about TRAVEL itself, travel does play a big role in the story – it’s mainly about following your dreams and doing what makes you happy.  It pushes readers to believe that nothing is impossible – because that is one of Sebastian’s core beliefs.  Those simple reasons are the biggest motivating factors behind my own travels.  I found reading this, it made me think of my own bucket list – which has been a work in progress for a number of years – and how I can go about achieving my life goals.
The book is an easy read, and there are heaps of pictures from Sebastian’s journey to tick off items off his list of 100 things.  It’s also chalk full of emotions – it’ll make you laugh, cry, it’ll shock you and most importantly it will (hopefully) inspire you.  Pick it up, and check it out – you won’t only be entertained, but you’ll also be helping out Sebastian’s charity, Camp Quality, in the process.

For more book reviews – check out The Lost Girls and Wanderlust: An Affair with Five Continents

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George January 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

wow thanks for the tip seems like just the sort of book I read. I’ll defo get on it 🙂
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George January 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm

sadly the kindle version is £17.63 🙁
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Melissa January 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Oh no!!! That’s highway robbery!!! Keep an eye on it – maybe the price will go down. I remember paying an arm and a leg for it because a)it was fairly new b) i bought it at the airport and c)i was in Australia (book prices are absolutely atrocious there!)

good luck! it was a good read. I would offer to mail you my copy, but I left it in NZ 🙁

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