This book exposes the raw edge of international budget travel in a candid account which distils the risks, adventure, fun and romance of more than a decade on the road. It entertains and informs, tracing the travels of a backpacker group as they experience countless incidents from tender to humorous to dangerous to perilous. There are prescriptive do's and don'ts, or best destination lists, just the excitement, dangers and freedoms of backpacking today. This narrative is more than a book about destinations or travel per se, it is also about life where safety nets and cash to overcome adversity are absent. It captures the character of budget journeys where kerbsides are backpackers' theatres to meet, fall in love, say goodbye. It may be a farewell, but it's big thing. Kerbsides are their platforms to perform, strumming guitars outside China tea houses to crowds venerating them like rock stars, gathering an international troubadour on Kuala Lumpur sidewalks to busk for drinks, or on that ultimate backpacker kerbside Kaoh San Road, Bangkok. There are freezing nights on Mongolian roadsides waiting for rides, struggling to catch a cargo boat on the Rio Napo, the drugged bottle of fruit juice in Istanbul, frying at a Pakistan border, robbed in Romania, shared, distant, frugal hostel Christmases before friends part forever. Lengthy budget travel is hard work rather than a lifestyle. The book's group journeys cheaply through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Central and South East Asia, the subcontinent and South America partying hard and travelling even harder with onward routes sometimes decided by a coin toss.