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SOURCE Allan Karl, WorldRider Publishing and Press
Culture. Cuisine. Connection. Allan Karl offers readers the opportunity to experience the world through fascinating stories, stunning photography, and local food from 35 different countries.
LEUCADIA, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Why does someone sell nearly everything he owns and then pack up to travel for three years-alone-on a motorcycle? World traveler, photographer, professional keynote speaker and author Allan Karl answers this question while bringing to life his three-year global adventure in a unique oversized, full-color, hardcover book, FORKS-A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection, released today. FORKS-three years in the making and now available for purchase online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other major and independent book retailers-includes more than 700 original photographs and 40 recipes from all over the world to complement Karl's stories of discovery and human connection.
"The best way to experience the world," said Karl, "is to see it through photographs, to feel it through stories of connection and culture, and to taste it in the real local food."
For three years Karl rode his BMW motorcycle more than 60,000 miles over five continents, through 35 countries. As with any travel adventure Karl experienced highs and lows. In Bolivia he crashed and broke his leg, in the Colombian jungle he was escorted to a remote waterfall at gunpoint, and the governments of Syria and Sudan had to be pleaded with for passage through their countries.
Faced with unexpected changes in his life, Karl found himself at a crossroads. His marriage had ended in divorce and his job at the company he founded was unfulfilling. Karl looked at these forks in the road of his life as an opportunity to follow a lifelong dream and pursue his passions. So Karl set out on a solo journey to search for truths and to explore the world, photographing and writing about his discoveries along the way.
"Though I set off on this journey alone, I quickly learned I was never alone," said Karl. "If I was ever lost, lonely or hungry, I would turn around and always find someone there. It's easy to connect with people-even in the most challenging and dangerous circumstances."
Karl debuted FORKS at BookExpo America and BookCon in New York City, May 29-31, 2014, where he previewed and autographed books for publishing industry and book trade professionals.
Karl hopes that FORKS-A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection will inspire readers to be open to new experiences. "Every photograph, story, and recipe from this journey embodies the importance of connecting with people-humanity-to overcome obstacles and conquer our own personal fears," said Karl. "This book presents readers an opportunity to try something new and perhaps to taste flavors of a new food or to journey into dangerous or unknown territories. Every experience is an opportunity to connect with others."
FORKS is published by WorldRider Publishing and Press and is distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Copies of the book are available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and www.forksthebook.com, and at independent bookstores, fine gift and culinary boutiques everywhere. Watch Allan share stories and preview the book in the FORKS book trailer here: http://worldri.de/r_forksbook-trailer
ABOUT ALLAN KARL
Allan Karl has never been able to sit still. With an insatiable passion or travel, culture, people, and food, he has explored more than 60 countries, photographing, writing, and blogging about them along the way.
Allan is an author, photographer, entrepreneur, professional keynote speaker, and committed adventurer. He is principal of WorldRider Productions where he focuses on speaking, publishing, coaching, and creating content that brings to life his stories and experiences around the world-demonstrating again and again how the discoveries he has made and the lessons learned can help all of us lead more rewarding lives. He also founded a top-50 digital agency and currently works as a digital branding consultant for clearcloud digital.
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