ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeremy Hance is an environmental journalist with a national reach. For three years, he wrote a popular blog for The Guardian with over two million views. He is also a columnist for Mongabay, one of the most highly respected environmental news sites in the world. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Living on Earth and Sea Change Radio, among others.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Despite Jeremy’s challenges with anxiety and OCD, his love of travel and his work as an environmental reporter beckoned him to the vanishing jungles of Sumatra and the turtle-filled coastline of Suriname. Baggage chronicles his hilarious, heartfelt adventures traveling the globe with severe OCD and anxiety as his pesky companions. 

Most travel narratives are written by people who crave adventure, laugh in the face of danger, and rapidly integrate into foreign cultures. But what about someone who is paranoid about traveler’s diarrhea, incapable of speaking a foreign tongue, and hates not only flying, but driving, cycling, motor-biking, and sometimes walking in the full sun?

For someone like Jeremy Hance, sometimes just making it to baggage claim is a win.

Hance hauls his baggage from the airport and beyond, taking readers on an armchair trek to some of the most remote corners of the world—from Kenya, where hippos clip the grass and baboons steal film, to Guyana, where bats dive-bomb his head and flesh-eating ants hide in his pants, to Borneo, where macaques raid balconies and the last male Bornean rhino sings. Hance discovers the importance of resilience, the many ways to reckon with mental illness, and why it’s important to push yourself to live a life packed with experiences. His journeys will inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and take the road meant to be traveled.

TALKING POINTS

  • Who better to give travel advice in the age of Covid-19 than a hypochondriac himself? Learn lessons from the trenches about what to pack beyond Purell (mentally and physically) and how to manage your anxiety in this new travel world.
  • How to overcome the stigma of mental illness as a weakness or a disease—and how a passion like travel can help people out of some dark places.
  • As an environmental journalist, Jeremy can speak to the ecological catastrophe facing our country, from climate change to mass extinction to deforestation—and how and where to find hope.