An enchanting account of how one couple sold everything to fulfill a dream of living abroad - one country at a time
Reunited in love after 35 years and suffering from a serious case of pre-retirement wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin made a life-altering decision: They sold their house and possessions and hit the road to live internationally full-time. Now tethered to nothing but their suitcases, each other, and their next exotic location, they've never looked back. From sky-high pyramids in Mexico to monkeys in Marrakech, this delightful, inspiring memoir is a romantic tale of derring-do for grown-ups and a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad into a reality.
"Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom: the power of civility, patience and flexibility; the difference between knowing the facts about a place and knowing 'those facts in a way that only being on the ground and experiencing them offers a person.'" (Kirkus Reviews)
"Lynne Martin, narrating her own work, takes listeners through the couple's adventures in such locations as Mexico, Argentina, and Turkey, among other far-flung places. Martin's agreeable voice is relaxed and pleasant as she describes some of the obstacles she and her husband have taken in stride as they pursue their new life." (AudioFile)
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She makes it sound SO unappealing!
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Absolutely! A friend recommended this audiobook to me yesterday and I could not stop listening! I completed the whole book in one day off work. I've been saying for years a vacation is not enough time to really see and experience a culture, language and all the nuances of a destination. I think it takes living there for an unrushed period of time. Lynne and Tim Martin didn't just talk about it, they DID it! I loved hearing the practical aspects of planning, down-sizing, transportation challenges, apartments, cooking, shopping, clothing, stresses, squabbles, staying in touch with family from afar, computers, new friends, etcetc. By the end of this book wonderfully, believably and enthusiastically narrated by the author, I actually felt I knew them both. They had become "friends" by the honest , humorous, and often humble sharing of their adventures both positive and negative. I found this book to be inspirational and possibility-oriented. After listening, I began to believe I could actually do this in my lifetime!
For me, the most memorable moment was when I changed from thinking "oh you have to KNOW people or be wealthy and well connected to pull this off (the Martins stayed in Mexico in the elegant home of a friend for their first stop which worried me a bit) to realizing most everyone has a monthly budget whether its $2000 , $5,000 or $10,000 or more or much less. As the adventure unfolded in many, often tiny, inelegant places they had never been, such worries went away. I saw that anyone who is willing to honestly look at whatever it is they spend monthly, can spend that same amount of money in a location that makes their world bigger and more fun and is filled with possibility of new friends, exploration and experiences. It's all how YOU choose to spend your money. Plus, it's finding the courage to "GO FOR IT" and the willingness to let go of all the STUFF. that was significant. I found myself saying, "If they can do this, I can too."
When Lynne narrated the book, I actually felt she was talking just to me. It was intimate and honest and communicated the many thoughts and feelings she obviously had. You could actually feel the love in their relationship because her humanity came across beautifully. There was no doubt she was telling a story she had lived and wanted to share with others.
Don't just talk about it! DO IT! Don't GROW OLD! GROW Bold!...there's a whole world waiting!
I would like very much to meet the Martins in person. I'm now following their blogs.Thank you for a WONDERFUL book!