The Book

Coming very soon – the definitive written account of Itchy Feet Overland. A book, jam packed with the rip-roaring tales of the dramatic birth and development of the project to drive around the world!

Go HERE to pre-order your copy NOW!

‘Blood, sweat and gears’… a memoir.

Have you every wondered what it would be like to leave the chaos and anxiety of modern life behind, jump into your Land Rover, and head off into the sunset? A life permanently spent on the road, as free as a bird… Well, wonder no more, as with your backing, soon you will be able to read this incredible and inspirational new memoir from Nigel Betts, the man behind Itchy Feet Overland. One of the few to attempt to live a life that so many can only dream of. 

  • Introducing ‘Blood, Sweat and Gears.’ – A memoir by Nigel Betts. 

A rollercoaster ride of Formula One, fractured mental heath and overlanding, with a bit of Buddhism thrown in for good measure. A Blueprint for a different way of living.

Set against the backdrop of the devastating fallout of a global pandemic, the main theme of the book is the complex practicalities of making the largest life change imaginable, interwoven with the vitally important issue of men’s mental health. Specifically related to stress induced depression, this book will identify the significant way in which Buddhist principles can provide the strategies needed to navigate through life and survive in the 21st century as middle-aged man. This book appeals to this zeitgeist, in that it seeks to present the possibility of a very different way of living, as a potential antidote to the modern plague of overwork and male anxiety.

Go HERE to pre-order your copy NOW!

Mock up of rear cover – ‘Blood, Sweat & Gears’ – a memoir by Nigel Betts

Premise of the book

Can spiritual enlightenment be found behind the wheel of a very old Land Rover Defender? 

This is the extraordinary story of a very ordinary man, who sets out to find out, in what soon becomes, one of the world’s longest midlife crises. Nigel Betts, burnt out Manager from the pressure cooker world of Formula One motor racing, is wracked with severe anxiety and depression. Spiritually and emotionally adrift, he finds solace in Buddhist teachings and within his dreams of a very different life.  A new life as a full time overland traveller, endlessly circumnavigating the world in his Land Rover. 

Can he convince his family to abandon everything, and sink it all into this crazy project to drive around the world? 

The dream turns into 3 long years of blood, sweat and tears, to get to the starting line and their attempt to drive from Alaska to Argentina in their Land Rover Defender. Epic dramas and pandemics ensue. Calamities, both medical and mechanical. Bouts of crippling self-doubt and bowel rotating anxiety… These years will be vividly and self-deprecatingly retold within the chapters of the book. From what pressures drove the mental illness, to how it was ultimately overcome due to a life transforming change of direction. The book is a humorous, engaging, and ultimately inspirational true story, packed with all the drama and frustration of building an overland vehicle and battling mental illness, whilst the whole world seems to be conspiring against him.

This book will deliver, in an accessible and entertaining way, the blueprint of a very different way of life. It details both the practicalities of beginning a new life as a permanent vehicle-dependant overland traveller, whilst also interweaving many simple, practical steps that all men can take to improve their own day to day mental health. It’ll also appeal to dreamers and travel junkies alike, there is something for everyone inside those 300+ fully illustrated pages!

Either way, if you do intend on a life less ordinary, once you’ve read this rip-roaring story, you can’t say that I didn’t warn you!

A brief extract from the Book


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