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The World Has a Big Backyard: Adventure Travel Memoirs of an IMAX® Documentary Filmmaker

ISBN: 9781634896252
Binding: Paperback
Author: Mike Day
Pages: 176
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 09/19/2023

Mike Day's documentary filmmaking work has led him to active volcanoes, Jane Goodall's research site in Africa, and the Ring of Fire-and he's learned a few things along the way. In this adventure travel memoir, discover travel tips and inspiration for traveling the world.

As the executive film producer of more than a dozen documentaries, Mike Day has brought extraordinary locations to audiences through the world's largest film format-IMAX®.

In this travel memoir, he brings cinematic adventure into focus with behind-the-scenes looks at how-and why-we should all prioritize travel in our lives.

Perfect for fans of National Geographic and the "local favorite" flavor of Anthony Bourdain, Mike Day has traveled to chase tornadoes, solar eclipses, and $30/night motel rooms.

His professional and personal travel stories cover some of the most interesting places to see, from the world's tallest sand dunes in Namibia to tuna auctions in Tokyo.

This book goes beyond the travel guide with tips on how to:

  • plan your own unique trip with travel destinations vetted by a world traveler,
  • seek culture, authenticity, and the local's favorites,
  • embrace the uncertainty, unpredictability, and uncontrollability of travel (and life),
  • become more adaptable, empathetic, and creative through exploring the unfamiliar, and
  • practice mindfulness to live a full life in the moment, no matter where you are.

This entertaining and inspirational read is the perfect gift for travelers, new college graduates, young adults, and anyone who wants to travel the world. These life skills can not only make you a better traveler, but help you become a better you.

The world has a big backyard-go ahead and open the gate.


Mike Day has been the executive producer of more than a dozen documentary films made in the world's largest film format-IMAX®. His work has led him to some of the world's most interesting places, from the world's tallest sand dunes in Namibia to tuna auctions in Tokyo.

During his worldwide adventures he gained skills to address the unpredictability, uncontrollability, and anxiety that come with traveling to new and distant places-as well as with everyday life.