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Waypoints: A 1,000-mile Walking Pilgrimage through West Africa with Travel Author Rob Martineau

Follow travel author Robert Martineau on a 1,000-mile solo trek through West Africa. Travelling through Ghana, Togo and Benin, sleeping in villages or on the side of paths he will cross deserts, rainforests and mountains, he will encounter voodoo ceremonies and witches camps, and meet shamans, priests, herdsmen and kings.

But this is more than just a long walk. This is a modern day pilgrimage, a young man’s journey in search of a new life, and an escape from the monotony and aimless floating of his old one.

At the age of 27 and trapped in a job he hated, Rob ran away from a successful career as a lawyer to spend five months in the African bush. He sought answers and guidance, a freedom and connection to nature he had lost and long craved. But he also discovered hard truths about himself and his place in the world.

This is an extraordinary account of his adventure, but it is also a story of his inner journey and the wisdom he learned along the way.

Highlights include:

· Taking part in a traditional voodoo ceremony

· Visiting a ‘witch camp’ in northern Ghana

· Witnessing a traditional Adae festival in the Ashanti heartlands

· Discovering the fascinating culture and beautiful landscapes of Ghana, Togo and Benin

· Being inspired to change your life and go on your own modern-day pilgrimage wherever that may be

The Book

Beautifully written, meticulously researched and one of the Washington Post's best travel books of 2021. This is the book of Rob's story. You won't be disappointed.

The book of this story is called Waypoints: A Journey on Foot, which was recently cited by the Washington Post as one of the best travel books of 2021. You can also connect with Rob directly on instagram, twitter and facebook at @rob_martineau

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