One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel
Exhilarating, brave and full of wonder, Elsewhere is the story of a life lived in search of meaning. It will make you want to rush out to explore the world, to savour every moment and to hold close the people you love.
'Utterly engaging.' - Sunday Times
From her first life-changing solo trip to Australia as a young graduate, Rosita Boland was enthralled by travel. In the last thirty years she has visited some of the most remote parts of the globe carrying little more than a battered rucksack and a diary.
Documenting nine journeys from nine different moments in her life, Elsewhere reveals how exploring the world – and those we meet along the way – can dramatically shape the course of a person’s life. From death-defying bus journeys through Pakistan to witnessing the majestic icescapes of Antarctica to putting herself back together in Bali, Rosita experiences moments of profound joy and endures deep personal loss.
In a series of jaw-dropping, illuminating and sometimes heart-breaking essays, Elsewhere is a book that celebrates the life well-travelled in all its messy and wondrous glory.
“Beautiful. A rucksack of memory gems that left my heart sore and full of wanderlust.”
Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of I Found My Tribe
“Elsewhere is the perfect title for a travel book that is about more than just destinations. It’s about location and dislocation. And it is the sense of being away from the mundane world that makes the book special.”
Michael Harding, author of Staring at Lakes
“Beautifully authentic writing, full of humanity and gumption”
“Outstanding … this is without a doubt my book of the year. Exquisite, courageous, captivating”
“Boland brings us on a journey worth taking…strikingly candid…she certainly makes a thoughtful and engaging tour guide”
Sunday Business Post
“Stunning … this multi-faceted book about travel, words, the heart and fate is, above all, a witness to the power of the human imagination”
“A stunning memoir, uplifting. Cannot recommend it highly enough”
“Vividly written, wryly humorous and most of all honest, Elsewhere is a tonic of a travel book”