Title: Go: One Woman. One Van. A New Beginning
Author: Stacy Fisher
Rating: 5 Star
When it became clear that my marriage was ending, I felt directionless. In hopes of simplifying my life, I bought a Sprinter van, pared down my possessions to only what would fit inside it, and set out on a spontaneous drive across the country.
My 43-day adventure led me through 20 states, spanned more than 10,000 miles, and gave me the space to reimagine my future. But more than anything, it helped me recover my independence. The experience also taught me that sometimes the process of letting go is more about holding onto the things you love most.
Travel is good medicine. During that cross-country trip, I grieved, I wrestled with forgiveness, and I slowly reclaimed my sense of personal sovereignty. While on the road, I deepened my self-care practice to the point that I slowly began to feel alive again.
In this book, I share some of my greatest life lessons from the road, and how I transitioned from living in survival mode to becoming the designer of my life. If just one person feels empowered enough after reading this to life themselves up out of the darkness, then it will be worth the discomfort I felt sharing some of my personal truths. This trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I hope that it offers you hope and encouragement if you happen to be facing a similar turning point in your life. Have you ever come to a crossroads in your life where you weren’t sure where to go next?
I read this book during a solo trip in my own camper in the middle of Sherwood Forest, UK, and felt like the author was speaking directly into my soul. Just like Fisher, I am also divorced and pour over the #vanlife images on Pinterest and Instagram – if you know, you know! As I read the book, I was struggling with my own vulnerability, which made this the perfect travelling companion as I didn’t feel entirely so alone.
Unlike the authors, my beautiful camper is fully converted with sink, hob, storage, and a comfy bed. How Fisher managed this trip before her van conversion, I’ll never know. I’m in awe of her dedication.
The author takes her reader on a physical journey as she navigates across 20 states and an emotional one. When she cried, I cried. I felt every emotion, fear, and excitement.
I live in England, so it was fascinating to see how different the US campsites and regulations differ from the rules and etiquette we have over here. I might have talked myself out of the entire trip if I’d had to wait for plates for my camper! The bear boxes would also freak me out a little. However, I could relate to that sense of freedom when driving on the open road and admiring the glorious views from a lakeside pitch.
Fisher bares her soul in this book. She talks openly about her divorce and the resulting anxieties, fears, and emotions of breaking up a home. Once on the road, she talks honestly about her worries and excitement of solo travelling for more than 10,000 miles. Her journey took her from Seattle to Florida, and I loved the descriptions and ‘travel guide’ paragraphs from the places she stopped along the route.
Part memoir, part self-help, and part travel guide Go: One Woman. One Van. A New Beginning is a wonderful story of loss, adventure, courage, grief, and acceptance.
A great book told from the heart, well written, and powerful. I would highly recommend if you enjoy true stories with a dash of personal development or if you’ve ever wondered what van life is truly like!
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.