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Product Details

  • Series: Travelers' Tales Footsteps
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales (June 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211651
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great family adventure to witness.
Mary Alexander
Very good book- recommended for anyone who loves to travel and/or wants to do so for an extended period of time.
Elizabeth Dear
The book wasn't meant to be deep as it was only an email format which made it easy to digest.
Aaron Linsdau

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Staley on July 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I ate it up in 2 nights. It was great to read about traveling with kids, who have their own perspectives and don't care what the guidebook says. The "we took a year off" part was interesting, but the fun part was finding out what the kids liked and why. The humor is welcome. This will make a great gift to parents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Wiersch on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was easy to finish. It tries to sound like it is written as it is happening but it seems pretty clear that it has been filtered by hindsight. Although he touches on some of the challenges like getting his kids to stop fighting, again, I think the hindsight filter has mitigated how challenging this might have been at the time. Also, it seems like it focuses on the highlights, much like travel guides do when I was more interested in some of the nitty gritty of the daily life of trying to do something like this with children. What you have is a pleasant travelogue with some nicely written vignettes. My personal take-away is I would rather have my children and I spend more time in fewer places - more likely picking a base and exploring from there instead of living out of a suitcase. I also imagine that this trip cost the Cohen's a lot more than we would consider spending. They did, for example, bring along a nanny. One very useful aspect of this tale is they had a toddler along with two school age children and we get to see how the different ages affects how they reacted to the trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Flatley on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a decent book, but I enjoyed 360 degree longitude better. The writing in One Year Off isn't very captivating and the story of a wealthy family traveling the world for a year made it difficult for me to connect with the story. Also, the fact that they couldn't manage to homeschool their kids on the road and so they decided to spend 6 months in Australia was a bit of a let down (and boring part to the book). I preferred 360 Degree Longitude since while the family is clearly upper middle class they needed to persistently save to do this trip. They also were rugged travelers - camping, staying in hostels and biking. The writing of 360 was far better to boot - I found it difficult to put the book down.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dragonsphoenix on November 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
(...) the children were the BEST part. Isn't it obvious by the book jacket that this is a story about a FAMILY's adventures? Written first person by the Dad, it can only have his perspectives and thoughts, with Devi's and the kids' interjecting every so often. I am amused by their antics and the sibling rivalry is definitely true to life. (Don't) forget that David's purpose to take this trip was NOT to research a book, but to spend time on an adventure with his family, which he does to (most of) our delight. If he had spent more time polishing this book on the journey, I'm certain his joy with the family would have suffered, and I am happy to read the entertainment that he spins for us.
Definitely read the book. It's fun, a good read, filled with a couple of practical tidbits (tricks and bribes =)) here and there about travelling with your family. When I have kids I'll definitely do the same, even if they don't appreciate it yet!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nicola booth on March 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Having bought this book i simply could not put it down. I admire anybody who can sell their house and car to travel somewhere new, taking the bull by the horns and knowing they need to take a risk to experience life. I know, i've done it! However, this was a risk and a half. I read the book living the adventure through David Cohen and his family and didn't want it to end. I am truly inspired and saving for a journey of my own (though i am not sure i am quite brave enough to do what he did).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Yeomelakis on March 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book years ago and continue to share it with friends and family members. It is a lovely mix of family stories and world travel. I particularly like the lessons it teaches us about how important life is. We only go around once so we better make it good.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Linsdau on August 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ate this volume up on a flight to the mid-west and enjoyed every minute of it. The book was not meant to be a how-to on taking a family around the planet. There are plenty of books for that. You will discover, through Cohen's (mostly his wife's) honesty, in explaining their errors, that it is possible to tour around the world with youngsters in tow, exposing them to things that they never would have. Television is a poor substitute for smelling the grasses in Africa and tasting food in India.

The book wasn't meant to be deep as it was only an email format which made it easy to digest. I do agree with a reviewer that some of the language was chunky in the thesaurus department.

For those bitter about a rich white guy touring the world, it wasn't done on a yacht and first class flights and that was the point. They didn't travel like us bums on busses with no air conditioning in the middle of Egypt in the summer but they did have to consider their children. You don't want to induce more pain than necessary. The reviewer from Amazon must not have traveled anywhere other than suburban America - the world is full of people who live like this every day. Kids break bones. Children sadly drown at local beaches every year. You don't have to go to Australia for that. You're probably more likely to die commuting to a job you hate than eaten by a hyena. The entire objective was to get more immersed in culture than the tourist might, (a person who doesn't know where they are), and become a traveler, (someone who doesn't know where they're going). Maybe Cohen's family did succeed and maybe they didn't.

Cohen figured out that the "gather things/junk and defend them materialistic culture" mentality was not satisfying. Too bad more don't come to that conclusion.
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