World Rider Interview
October 2, 2013 - San Diego, CA
Have you ever wanted to just pack up and leave everything behind? Of course, most of us have. We’ve gotten fed up and frustrated and wished we could just quit it all and travel the world. Few of us ever actually do.
Allan Karl is one of those people. After hitting a rut in his day to day life, he packed up his motorcycle and rode for three years. Through 35 countries, countless villages and priceless new relationships, Allan Karl did what most of us have only ever dreamt of, he traveled the world and he did it all on the back of his motorcycle with nothing but his camera to keep him company. But the surprising thing that he found is that, no matter where you are, you are never really alone. From mile to mile, Allan created new adventures and new friendships.
"I'm Allan Karl, adventurer, photographer, and author. I'm also WorldRider. I spent three years riding around the world alone—on a motorcycle."
Now that he’s back, Allan has an innumerable amount of amazing stories to tell and we were lucky enough to have him visit us at BikeBandit.com to share a few with us. Check out the BikeBandit.com interview of Allan Karl, the World Rider:
Of course, we couldn’t get all of his stories into just one interview. Luckily, Allan has put all of his favorite moments into an amazing book, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection. Paired with his amazing photography of the places he went and the people that he met as well as recipes from each region, Forks the book is an amazing experience all in its own. As riders, we absolutely love the awe-inspiring stories of a man with nothing but his motorcycle in countries such as Brazil, Syria and Ethiopia. But this isn’t just a memoir; the photos go beyond that. From llamas in a car to a 105 year old African man and his family, Allan’s photography really captures the truth behind his travels.
As if that weren’t enough to make us want to buy the book, Allan has also included authentic recipes from every region he visited so that you will not only learn about these amazing countries and see gorgeous photos of them, you can taste them as well.
Whether for your own home or as a gift this holiday season, Forks is truly a great book that will be a great addition to any coffee table, bookcase or kitchen. To reserve your copy, head over to the Kickstarter campaign for Forks.
A little background on Kickstarter: Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform that allows people with a product to get the money from people that believe in the project or would like the product to help the maker fund it up front. I’ve personally funded multiple projects and had a great experience with it.
While Allan has the entire book made from cover to cover, he still needs the funds to get it bound in hardcover as well as printed in mass. All of the hard work has been done; he just needs the fund to pay for the final step. Kickstarter allows people to pre-purchase the book and gives Allan the funds to print it. At the time of writing this, Allan has already raised just over $20,000, about 95% of the goal of $22,000. (A pretty big testament of how great of a book it is.) Once that goal is hit, Allan can start getting his book printed. If the funds have already been raised by the time you get there, don't worry, you can still preorder the book and any funds raised above that amount will allow him to go on a book tour. Check out all of the ways that you can help Allan get his book printed: Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection.