This was the logic behind my first project – The Great Canadian Bucket List. It consisted of a book grounded in personal experience, full of characters, history, humour, striking photography and gee-whizz trivia. I felt that narrative inspiration could best be enjoyed in print (or an e-book), linking to an extensive informational-based companion site, with a full deck of social media channels, a regular blog, and dozens of fun videos too. In four years, we’ve sold over 60,000 copies, attracted over 80,000 social followers, and about 40,000 unique visitors a month visit www.canadianbucketlist.com. My bucket list generated enormous media interest and led to expanded new editions, which topped Canada’s Travel category for years. On Amazon, it took poll position in the History, Arts and Photography and yes, Guidebook charts as well. Ironic, because guidebooks are full of information, and this is a book of stories. It is a brick of inspiration to inspire meaningful journeys and magnificent bucket lists. And now it is coming to Australia.
Fate, listening behind the wall with a glass pressed to its furry ear, decided this would be a tremendous idea.
From early December to June 2018, the Esrocks –Ana, Raquel, li’l Galileo, myself and our wonderful production partner Cat - will be travelling to every state and territory to share the experiences one must do, and can only do, in Australia before kicking the bucket. The Great Australian Bucket List book and website will launch in October 2018, and while the family travel book will only hit the shelves in 2019, you’ll be able to follow us from Day One on the EsrockingKids digital channels listed below.
At this point, I’m just going to scream out the window in a blend of excitement, anxiety, terror, and joy (the kids are the primary reason behind the anxiety and terror part, but as any parent knows, will make up a significant amount of the joy too). [………………]
Thank you, I’m back.
I expect to write lines like: “Only the journey allows you to ultimately recognize the destination” and “Gali is picking the nose of a dead kangaroo" and "scuba diving a sinkhole in Victoria, pure bucket list!" and "Raquel is riding a Huntsman spider like a bronc horse.” We look forward to discovering the landscape, mysteries, history, culture, food, quirks and characters of Australia. And I look forward to sharing our adventures with you in the online passenger seat.
Instagram: @AusBucketList, @EsrockingKids
Twitter: @AusBucketList, @EsrockingKids, @RobinEsrock
www.esrockingkids.com - our daily family travel scrapbook
Launching October 2018: