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One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children Paperback – June 9, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Travelers' Tales Footsteps
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; 1 Reprint edition (June 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211651
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 7 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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5 of 6 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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7 of 9 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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4 of 5 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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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Wharton on May 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read most of the books in this genre (dozens) and found One Year Off one of the best if not the best one. The other books are dry and more of a how-to writing. While that could be helpful, the writing gets stale as technology and the world changes. Also, it's just not that much fun.

One Year Off is more of a human interest story about what happens when a family takes off and travels the globe temporarily putting their "regular life" on hold to explore the world. With a compelling story and quality writing, this story is a fun read even if you never take the plunge yourself to head around the world.
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When I was courting m wife one of her ideas fascinated me and played a role in my growing appreciation of her. I wont share it here though as I am hoping we may turn this idea to reality one day. When I encountered David Elliot Cohen's travelogue of his year traveling with his family around the world I immediately thought my wife would enjoy this book as her ideas was also in this range. She never got to the book, but I read it.

Written as a series of emails "One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children" recounts the adventures and the bores of the trip the five plus one person family took. The five included not just Cohen's wife , seven and 8 year old child, but also a two year old. The plus one was the nanny, who they took with themselves for part of the trip. It would have been an entertaining book in itself if Cohen had told the horrifying, funny, or crazy stories that happened along the road. His style is funny enough to make such mundane activities as taking a cab sound like an adventure. There were two additional aspects though that made the book more than a light read. He used quite a lot of sophisticated words, that I had to look up in the dictionary. I wasn't expecting an educational experience, but I got one. I was wondering though whether he really spoke that way, or used the word processor's Thesaurus function to switch simple words to longer one. Nevertheless I enjoyed the learning.

The main reason I liked the book was the quality of his reflections. He was not afraid to look into the inner processes of what was happening in his mind while preparing and undertaking this journey.
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