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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402291531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402291531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"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

"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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Customer Reviews

The book was great and fun to read.
peach20
Halfway through the book I started to slow down my reading, as I did not want it to end, I liked it that much.
Vanessa P. Jackson
Unfortunately it just seemed to be a re-hash of their blog with a few more details added.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Michele Florence on April 18, 2014
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By CarryOn on April 25, 2014
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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.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 15, 2014
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gordo on May 13, 2014
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I expected a book that gave a lot of detail as to how they accomplished this and how they planned their journey. Really not interested in their dinners/social activities. I think readers would like to know the logistics of this journey so they can use it as a guide for their adventures.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "seeker" on April 16, 2014
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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.
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