Travels and Tribulations
Travels and Tribulations

In the spring of 2020, Tyrel Nelson lost his mother. And he lost his job in the summer. Isolated by the pandemic and hamstrung by agony, he felt forgotten by the world as it marched on. Unhappy, uneasy, and unemployed, he began picking himself up by putting down his thoughts on a yellow legal pad.

Battling through his bereavement on paper proved to be cathartic. But he needed more – a writing project he could sink his grief into. So he sorted through many of the narratives he had composed over the last dozen years. Reflecting and reexamining his existence, Tyrel brainstormed what to do with the pieces which pulled at him the most. A compilation describing significant individuals, places, and moments during the past decade-plus started to take shape.

"Travels and Tribulations" is an emotional collection of vignettes, which commences in 2008 and concludes in 2020. While readers follow him on excursions in North, Central, and South America, they also accompany Nelson to the peaks and valleys of his personal life. Profoundly impacted by the deaths of both his parents, the author guides the audience through his anguish, depicting reminiscences and regrets as he openly tries to make sense of everything.


Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Inspirational
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Travels and Tribulations is an interesting, insightful, and educational novel. This book is made up of series of stories which are recounts of author Tyrel Nelson's travel experiences. Having a passion for adventure, he engaged in several volunteering activities which involved him leading his volunteer team to various parts of the world. But amidst his various travels, he encountered several life difficulties. These were indeed painful experiences that he had to deal with, and his relationships with several people during his adventures helped to an extent.

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