David’s book chronicles his adventures as a world traveller in the turbulent 1960s, before smartphones, GPS, and shelves of guidebooks were available.

 

A 1960s Global Odyssey:
Around the World in 80 Months

David Skillan spent six and a half years backpacking around the world in the 1960s, working here and there, facing all kinds of challenges, and making friends wherever he went.

When he returned to England, he spent six months writing a book about his adventures. It was eventually published in September of 2021.

Order a copy of A 1960s Global Odyssey: Around the World in 80 Months today!

It's the perfect gift - not only for the armchair traveller, but for those who yearn to travel.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Long before Michael Palin and Rick Steves launched their lengthy and illustrious travel careers, David Skillan was travelling the world and telling people all about it. The images seen here - all taken during his epic marathon journey - represent just a few of the many people he met and the places he visited...

 

Washington Square December 1968

A friendly New Yorker promotes author's illustrated travel lectures - Washington Square, December 1968

 

Children window shopping in Ecuador.

Children window shopping in Ecuador.

 

The author on the road near Queenstown - New Zealand.

The author on the road near Queenstown, New Zealand.

 

Fishing boats in New Zealand's Milford Sound.

Fishing boats in New Zealand's Milford Sound.

 

Droving cattle in the Australian Outback.

Author, left with companions in the Australian Outback.

 

Indigenous women in Taiwan.

Indigenous women of Taiwan, then known as Formosa.

 

Aftermath of snow storm in suburbs of Boston, Massachusets. Winter 68/69

Aftermath of snow storm in suburbs of Boston, Massachusets. Winter 68/69

 

Teenagers on a park bench in Washington, DC.

Teenagers on a park bench in Washington, DC.

 

Herero Women in Botswana

Herero women of Botswana, previously known as Bechuanaland.

 

Author exploring the Okavango Swamp, Botswana

Author exploring the Okavango Swamp, Botswana.

 

African lion, Kenya

Hungry male lion in the Masaii Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.

 

Peruvian girl with pet llama at Machu Pichu, Peru

Peruvian girl with pet llama at Machu Pichu.

 

Author and guide in the mountains of Kashmir

Author and guide in the mountains of Kashmir

 

Arabian dhows in Aden harbour, Yemen

Arabian dhows in Aden harbour, Yemen

 

Brasilia, capital of Brazil

Brasilia, capital of Brazil. Notice the 1960's automobiles!

 

Rural road scene in India

Rural road scene in India

 

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

 

Table of contents of David's book.

 

Back cover of David Skillan's book.

 

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