Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Adventure Capitalist

I've been reading Adventure Capitalist by Jim Rogers. He's a multi-millionaire that traveled through 116 countries with his bride in a custom Mercedes SLK with trailer.

While his objective was in search of international investments there's a lot of great travel information and interesting stories.

Like the time he forgot about some vodka in his medical kit when entering Saudi Arabia. The last tourist found with alcohol was whipped eighty strokes. Jim told him: "Oh, my god. I forgot about that. We don't want that. Get rid of it. Destroy it."

They took him in to see the commander who told him to sign a form authorizing them to destroy the small bottle. He did so quickly before they had a chance to change their mind. They then took him outside where they poured it out and threw the bottle into the sand.

You can read about his complete three-year adventure here.

Another book by Jim Rogers is Investment Biker. This is about his first road trip across the world on a BMW motorcycle.

I really need to get out of this office.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -Augustine (354-430)