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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 25 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402291531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402291531
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom ... an accessible, inspiring journey." - Kirkus

"Martin never sugarcoats the challenges involved ("I ache with longing for my family occasionally"), but she concludes: "Every day, we learn something, see something, plan something, meet someone or solve some brand-new problem." A good trade-off. And an even better book." - The Wall Street Journal

"An enchanting account of how one couple fulfilled a dream of living abroad one country at a time and invented a new vision for a second lease on life" - AAA Home & Away

"The author writes in an engaging, descriptive style that makes the reader feel s/he's been invited along for the journey. And what a journey it has been. ... The book is not just about travel, it's about embracing the life you have and living it to the fullest." - New York Journal of Books

"Engaging, witty, and insightful ... This book will make you want to pick up your penand duffle bags!and start writing your own unique path to life." - Great New Books"

"Read [Martin's] tale of travel and get inspired to change your life!" - Jewish Journal

"This terrific book gives hope to everyone who desires the fun and freedom of dropping everything and hitting the road to foreign ports." - Jeri Sedlar, co-author of Don't Retire, REWIRE!

About the Author

In 2010, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their home, disburse most of their belongings and travel the world for the rest of their lives. Lynne's popular blog, homefreeadventures.com, chronicles their nomadic life, which was the cover article of The Wall Street Journal's Next" section in October 2012, and was featured on the front page of Yahoo.com, as well as in the Huffington Post, Fodor's Travel Intelligence, among others. Her work has also appeared in Mark Chimsky's book, 65 Things to Do When You Retire, International Living, the Huffington Post, and other publications.

Lynne and her husband Tim, a novelist, have lived in Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, France, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, and Morocco since they became home free. She now has no permanent address and intends to keep it that way until the wheels fall off sometime in the next thirty years.


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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 237 reviews
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2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some Good, Some Not-So-Good April 25 2014
By CarryOn - Published on Amazon.com
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On the good side:

It's a decent encouragement device to show that it is possible to live home-free in retirement. It serves as a benign jumping-off point for people considering the lifestyle, mentioning things to take into consideration, like healthcare, paying bills, packing. It also offers a high-level introduction to different locations around the world, enough so to prompt further research.

On the not-so-good side:

The book lacks any real detail beyond the most basic advice. It contains no real guidance or resources for what can be some pretty daunting and complex issues. Take the question of electronic devices. Beyond saying that they left the store with a couple of iPhones, a couple of laptops, and a bag of adapters, the author offers no further information. A little detail about data plans, or how their option compared to using local devices would have been much appreciated.

The narrative is flimsy, filled with overused cliches and, frankly, excruciatingly boring at times. Conversations sound forced and stilted. Overall, it reads like a "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" creative writing exercise.

The author goes out of her way to portray her and her husband as middle-class, unassuming, unsophisticated travelers. Just a few pages into the book, it becomes apparent, however, that this couple is very affluent, which makes their decision to live on-the-go much easier. At times, the author appears to be truly out of touch with how average/typical middle-class Americans live. We don't all have friends who live in castles or own luxury properties, complete with house staff.

There seems to be a fair sprinkling of false modesty presented throughout the text. The author continually tries to paint herself as surprised to be attending a party with this-or-that internationally-renowned something-or-other, or that she is good enough to really write an article for a national newspaper, but it rang false for me.

All that said, I think there's a great potential for a companion piece of sorts, something that provides the details so obviously absent here. A book that lists different insurance companies that provide international coverage, that lists multiple sites for rental properties abroad, that describes exactly how they handle paying bills, what data plan(s) they find best for them, exactly how they handle mail would be a wonderful sibling to this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a "How To" Book, but Interesting April 18 2016
By Serena - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an entertaining book, but it is not a "How To" book as it seems many disappointed people have discovered. It's too bad people are unhappy because I think that if they hadn't had other expectations they might have enjoyed this book.

The paperback version states that it is a memoir twice on the front cover. And then the title says "How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World. And they do tell you how they did it and about their travels. What this book doesn't tell you is how much money they spent which is probably more than most retired people would have to spend and probably costs more every year and depends a lot on where they decide to travel.

It wasn't clear to me why they sold their house as they never stated they needed the money from the sale to finance their new lives. I guess they didn't want the worries of home ownership to follow them during their new carefree life. Many people might like to keep their homes if they can manage it financially. Others might not have the income to live as well as the Martins, but they can still live abroad and have fun doing it. And many people wouldn't want to be out of the country for as long as the Martins. For me I can see going for a couple of two month foreign stays a year. There are millions of ways to adapt what the Martins did to our own lives should we want to do it. She can't tell you how to do it, but she can tell you the basics of what they did.

I was entertained by their story and I didn't feel that Lynne Martin put on airs, name dropped or had her nose in the air. I think the Martins are a very down to earth couple who have been fortunate enough to live the good life and are continuing to do so. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't have any expectations other than to enjoy it.

I agree with those who were bored hearing about her budding writing career. From my point of view she ruined her travel life by having to meet deadlines and spend her days writing. Why do that? If you must, plan a few months after the traveling is done to do the writing. However, that's what she wanted to do, I think, and I hope she is still happy about it in spite of all the negative reviews.

This is an intriguing book and I think it's a shame that so many people wrote nasty reviews. I don't really get it, but maybe if I didn't get what I had expected I would have been disappointed too.

I wish the Martins many more years of great health while they follow their dreams.
2.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the world, or just visiting? June 12 2016
By Elizabeth W. Ozorak - Published on Amazon.com
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I was captivated by the book's premise - a couple of retirement age and modest means pulling up all roots and adventuring around the world. Unfortunately, that's not what the book is really about. As other reviewers have commented, the Martins are clearly affluent, and they don't actually pull up all of their roots, they just sell their house. I could have gotten past that more easily if the book weren't so boring: I stopped caring about where they got their groceries after a couple of chapters. It's also poorly written (one example: "We gaped, open-mouthed..." - is there any other way to gape?). And finally, their responses seem dominated by how "nice" people were. Did they actually SEE the world, or did they just visit?
5.0 out of 5 stars ... readable and outlines how to travel full time and love it! Can't wait to give it a try June 3 2016
By Rebecca L Blackwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Highly readable and outlines how to travel full time and love it! Can't wait to give it a try!