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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 25 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402291531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402291531
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Perhaps an honest and sober account of this lifestyle, Recounted in a humorous and informative way. Worth comparing to other similar travel accounts.
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Enjoyed the topic as we're getting to the age where this is part of 'the retirement plan' and found it an entertaining read with good information. I checked out a sample of the audiobook which is read by the author and she has a great speaking voice so that would be another good option. The material helped us clarify some of our goals.
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By Gil Renaud on May 13 2014
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Very disappointed in this book! We purchased after reading a review, but looking back the review was more fact filled than the book. Don't buy if you want information. Buy it if you want to travel on someone else's coat tail.
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First of all, I never watch Good Morning America....except one morning in April while on vacation. Voila, there was a couple about selling everything and traveling the world, I ordered the book that day and it was on my doorstep when I arrived home. I am 72, one year younger than Lynne Martin, the author. She and her husband Tim both have the sense of adventure that I have. This book has inspired us both to downsize even more to be able to travel more....a mobile home is in the future fore us at this point. Lynne brings out the joys and suggestions for their lifestyle. What I love about their lifestyle is that they have left their options open and keeping the connection during the year to return to their children and grandchildren. They have put a new meaning to REWIREMENT and not retirement. This book is good for anyone who loves to rent long term from a week to a few months. I wish I had read this after we sold everything and lived like them for a year before flinging a place to relocate. We could have toured around rather than stress about the next place to live. Way to go! This book is fun to read and an inspiration to miss nothing in life, to follow your dream.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A memoir, not a " how to " travel manual April 18 2014
By Michele Florence - Published on Amazon.com
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A very easy and entertaining read. Fun and light. Great descriptions of a variety of countries, and travel tales the author describes with delight. However, after seeing an interview with Lynne and Tim on an early morning news show, discussing their book and essentially plugging it as a " how to" book, I am disappointed. When asked how one can afford to travel the world, Tim stated "it's all in the arithmetic". His implication that one sells their house and all their belongings and then from that figures out their travel budget is misleading. Describing themselves as " not wealthy people" , and then releasing information as to their monthly investment withdrawals, it is clear Lynne and Tim are enjoying a retired lifestyle reserved for those with a finer appreciation of life and the means to do so. I purchased this book in hopes to learn how to do something similar, but instead realized I only contributed to the financial well being of a delightful couple who live in a different world from me. I have since found free and much more useful "how to" advice on the Internet.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Taking the Plunge April 15 2014
By takingadayoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Home Sweet Anywhere doesn't fit neatly into any category. It isn't a memoir, it isn't a how-to guide, it isn't quite a travel narrative. And yet, it works. At least it did for me, and I suspect that whether you like it will have a lot to do with what you expect or want from the book. I was looking for a book about the experiences of a couple who gave up their house and started traveling the world without a fixed address. It's the sort of thing that will work so differently for everyone who does it that you can't lay down a set of steps to follow. But it's helpful to know what worked and what didn't work for one couple.

As a travel memoir, it's a little slow since most of what passes for adventure in the Martins' life is shopping for groceries, taking walks, going to movies, eating out. It's the sort of thing you'd do on a relaxing vacation, or in your own neighborhood.

Lynne Martin addresses many of the concerns that she and her husband had when they first considered giving up their home to become nomads. What if they got sick? How would they keep in contact with their children and grandchildren? Would they be able to afford this way of living? Talking to others made them aware of other concerns -- visa restrictions, packing light, expatriate communities for when they became homesick.

I especially liked how Martin included the mistakes they made and what went wrong and how they dealt with it. Sometimes they quarreled (but not often) and sometimes they just got tired. They found out that they didn't hate cruises the way they were afraid they would (repositioning cruises across the Atlantic were their primary way of saving money on the long legs). And Lynne Martin even began a new career in her sixties, as a travel blogger, author, and expert on living without a fixed home.
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not 5 star April 16 2014
By "seeker" - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I am noticing all the five star ratings that appear on Amazon lately..used to be that was reserved for something very special.. while this book was an enjoyable read and an intriguing possibility for retirement, the caliber of writing did not deserve a five star rating.. For those of you who do not have a partner to travel with or the funds to travel in this manner, I recommend Tales of a Female Nomad..by Rita Golden Gelman..that may deserve five stars.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Home Sweet Anywhere May 5 2014
By MLP - Published on Amazon.com
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I looked forward to reading this book ever since the Wall Street Journal Article appeared some time ago. I was disappointed. Although well written, I found myself looking to see how many pages were left in each chapter, thinking I would finally reach what the title promised. It is not a how-to book, but a travel memoir which held little interest for me, who was expecting much more.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat of a disappointment. May 3 2014
By The Constant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been following the Martins since I stumbled onto their WSJ article and was looking forward to the book. Unfortunately it just seemed to be a re-hash of their blog with a few more details added. It was light on content and quality and seemed misleading in some cases. Lynne and Tim are not inexperienced travelers on a budget. Quite the opposite. Both of them have lived overseas extensively in the past and it seemed the only locations they enjoyed were places where they lived previously. They seem to know lots of people who let them stay in castles and villas for reduced costs or as house-sitters. Good for them! But most of us don't have those connections.

I hate to criticize writing style, but I did find some things mildly annoying. There was an overuse of adjectives that sometimes seemed to imply something different than the writer intended. For instance they were napping and woke up "alarmed" at the call to prayers over the loudspeakers in Istanbul. Alarmed? Well, maybe. Also some of the language seemed condescending of locals and pretentious. I agreed with some of the previous reviewers who got the impression of false modesty. Half of the book seemed to be about Lynne getting a book contract and her trials and tribulations dealing with that.

On the upside, their situation has changed my views of life after retirement and we intend to do something like this but probably on a more modest level with maybe a little more involvement in local life rather than only seeking out people just like us.

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