The PR Guru

February 22, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — richardswancott @ 11:07 am

I wrote a book a few years ago.

It was called ‘The Melbourne Kid’ and it was about my adventures travelling around Australia on my working visa in 2000-01. It was a collection of my thoughts, feelings and the general escapades of a 22/23-year-old who’s thousands of miles away from home. As you can imagine, I have a few stories to tell and I thought it would make an entertaining read.

I never had it published.

I don’t really know why. I think there were a couple of things I didn’t want my folks to know about, but taking them out would detract from the story, so I just left it gathering dust in my wardrobe. I occasionally thought about going back to it because I thought it was a shame to have spent so much time writing it and do nothing with it.

But I never did and now it’s 11 years old it feels a bit late, and the stories a bit stale.

Last night though, I had an idea which I think could breathe new life into those old tales, and still make it different from the typical travel book, of which there are hundreds now. I’d like your feedback on whether it would be worth pursuing.

Soon it will be the 15th anniversary of my trip, and I thought it would be fun to go back to Oz and retrace my steps, staying in the same hostels, drinking in the same pubs, visiting the same sights.

What would the experience be, through the eyes of a 37/38-year-old? Would I have similar adventures, or would it be too much for someone of my advancing years? πŸ™‚

Should I cram a year’s worth of travelling into three or four weeks, or go the whole hog and spend another year there? And how would I sell the idea to my soon-to-be wife? I might have a family by then – could/should I leave them for a while to have a frivolous adventure?

I think it would be an interesting experiment, but it only really works if other people do too (including my other half, and she was less than impressed when I mentioned it last night!).

So what do you think? Answers on a postcard please (or even just in a comment on here, that would be easier wouldn’t it).



  1. Hi Richard,

    It’s interesting that having known you for a little while now I had no idea that you had ever been to Australia! Having lived there for 15 years myself I think it’d be a great idea – although getting it past your other half may be something of a challenge. I guess you could always take her along.

    Did your travels take you to South Australia at all? Far North Queensland perhaps? I’d be interested to read your book to find out.


    Comment by Andy — February 22, 2012 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • Hello mate πŸ™‚

      I went all over – spent a bit of time in Adelaide and Cairns, but no further north than that in Queensland. The only bit I didn’t get to see, because I ran out of money, was Western Australia (apart from Fremantle and Cottesloe, where I spent a few weeks). Loved it!

      Where did you live? Always thought I detected a slight Aussie twang in your voice! Never mind though eh πŸ˜‰

      I’m sure Sarah would come but I’d want the experience to be as close to my first as possible – without jeopardising my marriage of course! πŸ™‚


      Comment by richardswancott — February 22, 2012 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  2. So it would be like your first trip minus all the bloke type stuff, try going for a month to see how you get on and if you want to do more you can always go back for your 40th birthday for a year and put it down to a mid life crisis

    Comment by Matthew Graal — February 23, 2012 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Matt!

      In all honesty I’d go out there with the best intentions of getting just as drunk but have one night out and want to come back home the next day! πŸ™‚

      Comment by richardswancott — February 23, 2012 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

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