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The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World
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The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World [Kindle Edition]

Mike McIntyre

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From the author of the #1 Travel Bestseller The Kindness of Strangers
"A superb writer"--Los Angeles Times
Mike McIntyre and his longtime girlfriend, Andrea, are in their early 40s and itching for a break. So they rent out their San Diego home--dog, cat and furniture included--and embark on a yearlong journey around the world. "We're not out to find ourselves, or even to lose ourselves," McIntyre writes. "We're merely seeking a pause in our routines." But the couple is soon swept up in the adventure of a lifetime: trekking in the Himalayas, traversing the Sahara on camel, scrambling over the temples of Angkor, crossing the world's largest salt flat in South America, scaling a New Zealand glacier. The book recounts the odyssey in 48 dispatches from 22 countries. Among them: birdwatching in Indonesia, a haircut from Vietnam's oldest barber, touring a notorious prison in Bolivia, haggling over rugs in Morocco, on safari in Nepal. McIntyre taps his self-deprecating humor to convey the joys, perils and frustrations of prolonged travel. When the couple ventures into a cyclone in Fiji on a rubber raft, he writes, "The absence of life jackets and paddles meant more room for our lunacy." And during a ride across India with a hired car and driver, he notes, "His passing technique was so precise, I could see my horrified expression reflected in the chrome bumpers of onrushing trucks." He also writes eloquently of such poignant moments as sleeping under the stars in North Africa, flying kites with a poor boy in Bali, and the death of a female tour guide in China. By journey's end, he's shucked much of his journalist's cynicism, and he stands in awe of a staggeringly beautiful world and the resilient souls who fill it.

The Wander Year is an expanded version of the popular series of the same name that ran in the Travel section of the Los Angeles Times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495213811
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kite Press; 1 edition (Jan. 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BW2X52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read for the Cruise Ship Crowd, But Not For A Real Traveler... Jan. 9 2012
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I've been addicted to travel books lately, partly because I'm subsconsciously planning for my next big trip and partly due to wishful thinking. The premise is very appealing - quit your job and travel around the world for a year. The author is an experienced writer, and it definitely shows. However, I found the book to be a pretty disappointing read. I was expecting it to be full of anecdotes of a traveler living among the locals and embracing their cultures by emulating their way of life. Instead, it reads like a bunch of reviews stringed together, and interactions were mostly with workers and members of the hospitality industry (hotel owners, clerks, porters, etc) and other western tourists, not with the locals. Tried to stay in a backpackers' hostel in New Zealand but got intimidated and left for a luxury hotel the next day? Frowning on India for being such a poor country and being so irritated that the author never wanted to come back again? $160 per night hotel rooms in Nepal, one of the 10 poorest countries in the world? Come on. That is not authentic travel at all. It reads what you'd expect of someone who's vacationed only on cruise ships were to suddenly get displaced in another country (yes, I know this is the same author who wrote "Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America").

If you're someone who's in your 30s or 40s and never really traveled abroad before, and would like to know what to expect, maybe this is a good book. But if you're a backpacker, or a regular visitor of hostels, or someone who travels not for the sake of checklisting countries visited but to embrace and learn new cultures, then this book is probably not for you - and like me, you'll probably find yourself shaking your head at the missed opportunities throughout the book.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read for New Travellers Feb. 7 2012
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What with growing up in a low socio-economic country town, working my butt off to get through University and only just landing a graduate job I confess I am nowhere near as well travelled as I would like to be.

I found this book enjoyable for someone like me who has heard of these places, is considering travelling to a lot of them but has never been. The chapters are short and sweet and while its very obvious you are not getting a full blow by blow account of the entire journey its easy to pick up and put down as needed.

I agree with other reviews that this would not appeal to a very well travelled person - but if you are just starting to dip your toes into the world you could do a lot worse than this book!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Journey April 26 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. While it read similar to a series of newspaper columns, that's what I expected based on the book introduction. I really enjoyed the sections on Nepal, China, and Chile. They gave me a feel for the people, the culture, and several potential travel ideas. The Jenny Xu story was touching. It was fun to be a third traveler on this journey.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved every bit of it. Oct. 5 2012
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This book is about what it says in its title - a wander year. One couples journey around the world. It gripped me from the start. As I told Mike himself; while waiting in a queue in Paris to fly home to Ireland, I read the end and all I did was laugh. It was a brilliant tale, account, full of anecdotes and happenings, told of adventure and excitement and did what I expect a travel book to do - Make me want to go to those places. Its stored on my kindle because I will read it again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 21 2013
By Laurence Legare-Charest - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book. It is an adventure, a tale, a couple's journey, a guy's random observations, all of it in a balance to keep you interested, entertained and feed your soul enough to leave it with a smile and a good memory.

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