Grey-Nomad Author and Retiree Vivian Vass Hits Number One on Three Amazon Best Seller Lists With Her Book “Adventure Before Dementia Down Under.”

The new book “Adventure Before Dementia Down Under: An Epic Journey” by Vivian Vass, reached Number One on Amazon.com’s Best Seller List in the Travel categories for Seniors, Budget Travel, and Australia on June 5, 2017.

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Author and adventure-loving retiree Vivian Vass‘s recent release, Adventure Before Dementia DownUnder: An Epic Journey hit Amazon.com’s best seller list on June 5, 2017, climbing all the way to Number One in Amazon’s esteemed Travel categories for Seniors, Budget Travel, and Australia books.

 

A delightfully entertaining real-life adventure of a middle-aged couple,
Vivian and Scott, who decide to take the road less travelled and join the brigade of the grey-nomad. They voluntarily drop out of the system and daringly sell the family home, waving “see you in a while” to the kids.
They follow their heart, wherever it takes them. Their exploits lead them to some unfathomable discoveries and experiences through the thrilling Red Centre of Outback Australia and beyond.

They come face to face with astonishing characters and animals, unique to the vast continent of Australia, in their natural habitat. This exploration of the country leads them to a personal exploration and discovery which is depicted in Vivian’s humorous and insightful descriptions of their new life. Supported by dramatic photos the story unfolds into unexpected revelations in a raw and honest way.

In response to the book hitting Number One, Vass stated, “I’m ecstatic and feel like I’m swimming in gratitude to my readers and my talented marketing team. I never thought this could happen.”

With the recent popular interest in the media of grey-nomads exploring an RV freedom lifestyle, Vass’s book Adventure Before Dementia Down Under is a hot topic and a must read for adventurous boomers around
the world.

Inspired by the themes explored in Jack Kerouac’s classic book On The Road, Vass uses her own book to explore relationships between men and women, letting go of cultural expectations, and the fulfilment of
personal needs for freedom & adventure, through a grey-nomad lifestyle.

Vass is also inspired by the conversation created by Laura L. Carstensen, Phd. (with content partner The Stanford Center on Longevity), to change the perceptions of aging for people around the world. In her work, Carstensen asks the question, “What would you change about aging in America if you could?”

“I would transform the public definition of aging from problem to unprecedented opportunity, a new endless frontier to invent how everyone will live longer better.” – Joseph F. Coughlin
“I never want to hear people say, ‘I am too old for that.’ You are never too old to learn new things, explore your passions or pursue new opportunities.” – Cynthia Hutchins

Vass is passionate about contributing to awareness organizations that are working to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and will be working to support international research and fundraising
organizations by offering meet the author and book reading events for these organizations, on every continent that she explores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Athens Greece, Vivian came to Australia as a small child in 1963 with her parents who embarked on a quest to give her a good education. Both in the teaching profession, they bestowed Vivian with an excellent base from which to build her own life’s pursuits. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interpreting and Translating from Deakin University, a Postgraduate Degree in Hellenic Studies and Social Sciences from Latrobe University, and two Certificates IV in Business
(Accounting and Real Estate). Her work has evolved in the disciplines of Psychology, Teaching, Journalism, Conflict Resolution, Personal Development and Business Management, which she has amalgamated into a holistic approach to healing and life-direction in a pragmatic and
spiritually enlightening way. Vivian’s inquisitiveness about life and its meaning took her around the world to study different cultures and religions. Her love for Australia led to the writing of “Adventure before Dementia Down Under,” her first book publication. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Scott and has two children and three grandchildren.

To learn more about, Vivian Vass, visit http://www.vivianvassauthor.com

Adventure Before Dementia Down Under An Epic Journey is now available at Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Before-Dementia-Down-Under/dp/1535015950
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The Mother of Experiences occurred on the fifth day of our stay when the Dare Devil in me surfaced, and I walked into the Quad Bike Hire Shop to book an hour’s adventure ride on a monstrous quad. Scotty having savoured this privilege in his wild youth with his mate Albert, confidently chose a big red bike and climbed on it with an air of “I’ve done this before.” I scrambled up on the seat of my mean machine, promptly placing the protective helmet on my head and pretended to look cool. Josh, the handsome instructor with the perfect tan that made the perfect backdrop to his blue eyes, pointed to the starter button and in his gorgeous English accent proceeded to explain the simple intricacies of the vehicle.
“There’s nothing to it, you’ll be fine.” He assured me, and with that, I was road-borne!
We rode in convoy, a total of six bikes dominating the road of this tiny resort town, causing heads to turn in our wake, as our hands lifted to a crowd-pleasing wave like the Queen Mother’s.
Alas, when it was time to make a right hand turn at the intersection that would lead us out of the town, and onto the road that follows the beach via the sand dunes, I found it very difficult to steer the wheels of the vehicle where I wanted it to go. It seemed to have a mind of its own not allowing me to direct it. With all my physical strength, I managed to turn it onto the half side of the road. I could hear the encouraging sounds from the instructor who was riding ahead of me, signalling to keep going, but suddenly I fell in a ditch. Well, no amount of encouragement could instil any confidence, I might previously have had. I flatly refused to ride this monster.
“I’ll pillion my husband.” I cried in desperation, feeling sorry for myself.
At that point, I was certain that I heard the thoughts of everyone in the group reverberating, “a middle-aged woman refusing to act her age.” Smiling politely, Josh took my bike all the way to the foreshore and left it forlorn in a parking bay. Helplessness replaced Embarrassment!
Clutching onto Scotty, I rode the waves of sand dunes with him, as he skillfully negotiated the sharp turns dictated by the tracks. Enthralled by the unbelievable scenery, gripped by the speed and touched by the wind fierce on my face, we came to a hill that boasted a 300m vertical drop (well, almost)! Everyone’s bikes came to a sudden halt and the riders’ eyes widened in awe of such a sight. Josh laughed and gently broke the news that each rider had to go down this hill because there was no other way out.
“Why can’t we turn back?” I dared to motion.
“Because this is your challenge,” he replied cheekily. “It’s actually easier than it seems,” he continued, reassuringly.
“Yep, I can see how it’s so very easy for you to say, Josh!”
He explained to the riders how to steer their bike down the sharp hill and then, he physically demonstrated it with an exhibition of his own riding prowess. I could feel that Scotty was challenged, but faced with no option, he decided to put on his brave hat and show the world that he is no quitter!
I wrapped my arms around him so tight, that I’m sure he felt my boa’s constricting squeeze around his ribs making him breathless, only he chose to say nothing. I knew that no prayer or magic was about to work here, and I said nothing too. The motor growled and the wheels turned.
The bike suddenly pointed vertically downwards in the air, and we were descending into a mad forward plunge, watching the ground accelerating towards our face like a giant cricket bat. My mouth let out an unwilling scream that seemed to have just popped out from the depths of my throat, and echoed across the dunes. Before I had any sense of time, we had landed safely and smoothly.
“Good job Scotty, my hero!” I enthused in relief and admiration for my partner in life and crime!
“But wait, there’s more,” cried Josh, “now, you have to go up and do it again!” And he was NOT kidding!

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excerpt from “Adventure Before Dementia Down Under”

I am so excited to announce the Exclusive Preview of the Book Launch for my maiden publication “Adventure Before Dementia Down Under”.

You will hear about a delightfully entertaining adventure of a middle-aged couple, Vivian and Scott, who decide to take the road less travelled and join the brigade of the grey-nomad. They voluntarily drop out of the system, daringly sell the family home, wave “see you in a while” to the kids, and follow their heart, wherever it takes them. Their exploits lead them to some unfathomable discoveries and experiences through the thrilling Red Centre of Outback Australia and beyond. They come face to face with astonishing characters and animals, unique to this vast continent in their natural habitat. This exploration of the country leads them to a personal exploration and discovery as depicted in Vivian’s humorous and insightful descriptions of their new life. Supported by dramatic photos the story unfolds into unexpected revelations in a raw and honest way.

Date: Thursday, 6 April 2017

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: Liddiard Room

Oakleigh Anglican Holy Trinity Church

812 Warrigal Road, Oakleigh

Highlights
  • Author Presentation
  • Nibbles and Wine
  • Book Signing

I will be thrilled to see you all there. Entry is FREE