Introduction -1; Not all Junk is Junk -3; Maverick Beginnings-23; Rest Homes aren't Restful Places-31; Phone Taps and Lots of Scraps-33; Ciao New Zealand-39; Magic Vegetables in Indonesia -43; Mmm Malaysia-47; Naked Body to Local Body-51; Ahhh-Merica-59; LAS VEGAS-61; NEW ORLEANS-63; MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE-65; NEW YORK, NEW YORK-66; Hitchhiking and Irish Buddhism-69; Europe by Bus-75; GERMANY-76; ITALY-77; SPAIN-81; MOROCCO-82; Corsica. -87; Back on the Bus-89; Time to Settle Down in New Zealand, for aMinute -93; Vietnam-99; Oriental Lightning-103; The Not So New Caledonia-105; Rarotonga-113; Return to Europe-117; TURKEY-119; Teaching in London-123; Ohhhhh Canada-125; New Zealand for Another Minute.-131; It's a-ok in the UK -135; WALES-138; IRELAND-141; All Roads Lead Around Rome-143; ITALY-144; CROATIA -147; BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA -147; SERBIA -149; Dictators and Dracula -153; EASTERN ROMANIA. -154; TRANSYLVANIA-155; Machu Picchu and a Famous Mummy-171; PERU -179; CUZCO-181; ECUADOR-184; GALAPAGOS - 186; ARGENTINA-187; ST MARTIN-189; The Arctic Circle-191; GREENLAND. -193; The Year I Decided to Run Away. Again-199; DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING. -204; ARROWTOWN -204; WELCOME FLAT-210; TIRITIRI MATANGI-218; THE ISLAND OF BLUSHING SKIES-220; THE BEST SUNSET IN NEW ZEALAND. - 222; STEWART ISLAND AS IT IS- 223; KAKAPO ON CODFISH ISLAND / WHENUA HOU-230; HELP! -233; Peter the Great's Home Town-241; MOSCOW-249; I Saw Warsaw-253; The Deadliest Mountain in Europe-255; ASCENT- 257; The Stone King-261; Switzerland-265; In the Footsteps of Sir Ed-269; Holidays Gone Wrong-271; STOPPED FROM TRAVELLING TO LHASA-271; HEAT AND DIRT IN INDIA-274; RIPPED OFF IN NEPAL-277; BOOKED (BUT NOT BOOKED) IN KANAZAWA, JAPAN-279; PAKISTAN TREK FAIL-283; The Worst. Just the Worst-285; An Active Xmas-289; Can't Get Enough of the Irish Charm-295; CARRAUNTOOHIL-296; LONDON (AGAIN...) -297; Scotland-.299; DUNDEE. -301; No Rain in Spain. -305; PAMPLONA-307; LOURDES, FRANCE-308; The Maverick Pilgrim -309; Epilogue-317; Thanks -319.
Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel memoirs that come with an autobiographical flavour. She has been described as a younger, female Bill Bryson, though with her own unique voice. Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris in the early 1980s. Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well. This was the first time a Chinese junk had made such a voyage from East to West, a voyage which included blue-water sailing across the Indian Ocean. Firmly in the tradition of such hardy adventurers as Thor Heyerdahl and Tim Severin, the voyage of La Dame de Canton showed that the Chinese could have made a voyage of exploration to Europe in earlier times, perhaps passing Vasco da Gama as he went in the other direction. A Maverick Traveller, is the first book in Mary Jane's Maverick series of 8 travel memoirs. Mary Jane travels with no real plans and decides where to go and see next when she gets there. She likes to explore the culture and history of places that are off the beaten track as well as places that are well known, and to talk to the local people. By the time she sat down to write her books, Mary Jane had travelled the world, from the Arctic Circle to work as a park ranger on an uninhabited island administered by New Zealand's Department of Conservation. She had accumulated suitcases fully of photo albums, loose photographs, correspondence, and souvenirs. She had also spent two years (mostly naked) on La Dame de Canton; drunk hallucinogenic tea in the Amazon rainforest; and got so lost she ended up at Robin Hood's hiding-place. Among other adventures, Mary Jane has also walked to Mount Everest Base Camp and seen the work and life of Sherpas; respectfully observed the life of many churches, temples and mosques; traversed various parts of the pilgrimage trails of the Camino de Europa; explored the stunning landscapes of New Zealand; visited remote parts of the Arctic while pulled by a team of dogs; travelled around Cuba the hard way; examined the downfall and renewal of the American inner city, and interviewed protestors at Standing Rock. All the while, meeting amazing people along the way. Her first book, A Maverick Traveller, is Mary Jane's most autobiographical. A Maverick Traveller also introduces many of the journeys that Mary Jane describes in her later books. As the book's precis explains, Whether it was eating dog unintentionally in Indonesia, meeting the rapper 50 Cent before he was famous at a back-packers, or kicking a US nuclear submarine in New Zealand, A Maverick Traveller is filled with the unique stories and experiences of Mary Jane Walker. Mary Jane has travelled to all corners of the globe: to large cities, rural villages and tiny unknown islands off the coast of continents. All true travellers are mavericks, and explorers: people who rough it, often alone, to get to certain places before the tourists follow. And who rough it even more to get to other places where the tourists are never going to go. She joined the Junk Expedition because she fell in love with the Captain, Niels, then found herself naked on a Chinese Junk sailing under a state of emergency into Diego Garcia. They had run out of food, had been eating rice and drinking saltwater for ten days; soaked on the boat. The sails were ripped. A Maverick Traveller is the first in an expanding series of books, all with Maverick in their title namely, A Maverick: New Zealand Way Cuban Way Pilgrim Way USA Way Inuit Way and the Vikings Himalayan Way, and, Australian Way, all in 2017. Mary Jane is self-published and turned down Literary Agents - she is a Maverick. For more info, see Mary Jane's website: www.a-maverick.com
; 'Highly Recommended'; "This person is courageous. To actually leave everything behind, pack up and go. At the same time, to be truthful, I envy her. I'm sure it took planning and skill. Most of all it took all these generous and thoughtful people to be there. At first, I thought this adventure was going to be tedious. Turns out it's different, fascinating and wonderful. This book shows all elements like where you visit, how are the people leading their lives, what is the food like, the hotels or hostels are they secure, is the staff friendly, are the people you meet honest. Overall, I enjoyed this author and am looking forward to reading her again." Ross Knight, review of initial Amazon Kindle edition 2 February 2017