Off the Beaten Trail has over 50 5-Star Reviews on Amazon.


"'Off the Beaten Trail' is a brutally raw memoir."

— San Diego Union Tribune

Jake Heilbrunn has written an extraordinary book that every young person should read. It will inspire you and it will empower you to follow your heart and live the life of your dreams.
— JACK CANFIELD, Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul® and The Success Principles

It was an extraordinary journey that began with one simple question: What if the life I’m living isn’t for me at all?


At 18, Jake set out on the path that had been prescribed for him and countless other teenagers around the country: college. But a health issue, severe anxiety and an internal conflict surfaced the profound questions that would radically change his life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is there more to life than this?

With raw honesty and compelling insight, Jake answers these questions and others, exploring what happens when we take a leap of faith in pursuit of our dreams. From the deepest depths of the Guatemalan jungle to being stranded on the mountaintops in Nicaragua, to living in a spiritual, island community and meeting influential travelers along the way, Jake unravels the essence of what it means to be alive and awake.

Off the Beaten Trail is a coming-of-age story that illuminates what is possible if we dare to follow our hearts and heed our intuition. This captivating memoir will not only entertain and inspire, but also motivate you to pursue the life that calls out to you.

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