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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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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!!
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.
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.Read more ›
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I struggled with the first third of David's book. He and his family seemed quite entitled and his writing seemed forced. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Like the author's TS Elliott quote about winding up back where you started but seeing with fresh eyes, this is both the book's journey and hopefully yours, as the reader. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hummingbird
Presents an interesting collection of stories, but is not a resource for tips or inspiration for your own travel. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Swart
This is the book that describes how the author actions this "mid-life" uneasiness into selling his home, breaking from his publishing job, and taking a year off travelling... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Olivia Tam
One of my favorite books! I reread this book at least three times. It's the perfect 'getaway' for any armchair traveler. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by C. Sara Schlussel
Refreshing, inspiring and humurous book. For all those globetrotters, don't miss it!
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Very good book- recommended for anyone who loves to travel and/or wants to do so for an extended period of time.Published on January 21, 2013 by Elizabeth Dear
One Year Off by David Elliot Cohen tells the story of a family that left everything behind in San Francisco and traveled around the world for a year. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Michelle D. Lasch