Red Earth Diaries: A Migrant Couple's Backpacking Adventure in Australia

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Evolving Wordsmith, Jul 8, 2021 - Self-Help - 214 pages
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A one-way ticket to Australia...two months of travel...and a shoestring budget.

In Red Earth Diaries we meet Jason and Ambika, a newlywed couple who migrated to Australia with the hope of a fresh start. However, unlike most migrants, they made a bold decision to postpone their settlement plans, throw caution to the wind and backpack in Australia on a shoestring budget.

Their intention was to learn about the country and its people first-hand ... a land they would someday call home.

Swimming with sharks, cuddling cute koalas, chartering private helicopters, venturing deep into ancient rainforests, and getting to know plenty of locals - the couple had incredible experiences in this stunning country.

Their travel story is interwoven with snippets of history and provides the reader with a glimpse of Australia as viewed through the eyes of newly arrived migrants.

Join Jason and Ambika on their spectacular journey of discovery.

Red Earth Diaries is founded on four primary pillars: a migrant's journal, a travelogue, a delve into Australian history, and an inspirational tale. The central message of the book is for everyone to chase their dreams - however distant and impossible they may seem.

The central message of the book is for everyone to chase their dreams - however distant and impossible they may seem. Moving to Australia has been one seemingly impossible goal the author had set decades ago, and he likewise urges the reader to shed all reservations and to dream the wildest dreams possible.

The Preface of Red Earth Diaries is called Dreamtime, and in it, the author describes the evolution of his journey to this strange and peculiar wonderland. As a travelogue, the book harkens to all travellers as well as migrants who are already in Australia or who are thinking of making the move to this beautiful country.

The book also contains stories of local Australians the couple met along the way. In it you will meet, amongst others - Helen, a 10-Pound-pom; Rowland Mosbergen, a sprightly man in his eighties who survived the horrors of WWII in a remote jungle in Bahau; Rafael and Nadia and their three kids based in Research, Victoria; Ranjit, a practising surgeon and his wife who are based in Kew, Melbourne. The travelogue aims to deliver an essential message to all migrants in Australia - to not take this country for granted and to try to understand and embrace its culture first.

Some key personalities mentioned:

Paul Hogan, Ned Kelly, Steve Irwin, Captain Cook, Burley Griffin, Gregory Blaxland, Jorn Utzon, Eddie Mabo

Some key historical events described:

The Endeavour striking the reef, finding a passage through the Blue Mountains, the discovery of gold, the naming of Sunshine Coast, the birth of Canberra as the nation's capital, the iconic rail journeys in Australia, WWI and WWII, Early colonization, Blackbirding, construction of Opera House.

Charity Donation:

Five per cent of all profits from the sale of this book in the first year of publication will be donated to the Red Cross towards the 2019-20 bushfire crisis management ( and a further five per cent will be also be given to aged care in India through Help Age India (

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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
A newlywed couple went backpacking across Australia with plans to settle there afterward. Jason Rebello was a captain of merchant ships and Ambika
was a senior sales manager in India’s leading newspaper company. Their brave journey generates a story that includes beautiful landscapes, folklore, fellow travelers, deadly animals, historical facts, a lost tribe, Airbnb hosts, bushrangers, indigenous, a chartered helicopter ride, and a romantic story. Jason urges readers to go after their dreams and presents his colorful narration of the resilient, welcoming culture and beauty of the Land Down Under. Red Earth Diaries is for all the dreamers and travelers out there. Readers will learn about the history, people, wildlife, and what it's like to be a traveler in Australia.
I admit it: I am jealous. Jason Rebello's journey with his wife certainly sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would be thrilled to actually find the lost tribe and the presumably extinct trees. Red Earth Diaries reveals that life can indeed be an adventure and taking a break from our normal routines to explore something new is a healthy practice for the soul. Jason smoothly switches between relating his experiences and interesting facts about the places he visited. The lifelike descriptions provided give as close an experience as one can get from a book; I would take consolation in that before I actually visit Australia. Red Earth Diaries is a must-read for anyone that wishes to experience a daring and inspiring journey.

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Red Earth Diaries: A Migrant Couple's Backpacking Adventures in Australia is a work of non-fiction that focuses on travel, culture and memoir, and was
penned by author Jason Rebello. A concise but comprehensive read with plenty of adventure from cover to cover, this is the unique tale of how a couple with very little to their name migrated to Australia with the dreams of crafting a new life in a new country. What results is an incredible story of their initial backpacking odyssey as they fall in love with the country and its many wonderful characters, and the story of how this inspires them to set up their new lives and thrive in a brand new environment of hope.
Author Jason Rebello brings together many different genres and influences of non-fiction to provide an educational and entertaining work. In terms of a memoir, this is a truly inspiring tale of migrants coming from India with dreams of a totally different life, and this element is narrated tenderly and with great attention to detail in the prose. For readers looking to travel to Australia in the future, the book provides a great overview of the culture and history of many different places across the country, with enticing local details and personal reactions to the learning experience. And in between all this is a truly exciting tale of exploration and inspiration. Overall, I would definitely recommend Red Earth Diaries to fans of travel writing and inspirational memoirs everywhere.

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About the author (2021)

Jason Rebello was born in Mumbai, India, and went to sea at the early age of seventeen. He spent two decades sailing across the world on modern ocean liners, eventually rising to the rank of a ship's Captain. His sea career was interspaced with a healthy dose of backpacking and intrepid travels and as a result, he was firmly hooked on a life of adventure and uncommon living. In 2014 after meeting the woman of his dreams, he migrated to Australia and he now shares his adventures with his wife and their two children.

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