May Book Club Pick - Walden On Wheels

   Dream of the Alpine Book Club - May Book   -This is a virtual book club community for outdoor adventurers who also love to get lost in a great story or book. Each month we will vote on a book to read, something outdoor, adventure or wanderlust related and this space will be a place where we can connect to discuss our favorite parts of the books, favorite quotes, what the books inspired us to do, and more.

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Hi there,

This months vote was tight, it was a vote between Walden on Wheels, Vagabonding, and The Jungle. By a vote of just 1 more, the winning book was Walden on Wheels. The vote takes place each month by the book club members on our Facebook group. This should be an interesting read, and I will love to hear what he has to say about van life and getting out of debt from it!

From the Amazon description of the book: 

"In this frank and witty memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Ilgunas undertook a 3-year transcontinental jour¬ney, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York.

Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled in a master’s program at Duke University, determined not to borrow against his future again. He used the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline van and outfitted it as his new dorm. The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be more than an adventure—it would be his very own “Walden on Wheels.”

I have quick links to the book on amazon or audible below:


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