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The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World [Kindle Edition]

Mike McIntyre
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Book Description

From the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Kindness of Strangers
"A superb writer"--Los Angeles Times
Mike McIntyre and his longtime girlfriend, Andrea, are in their early 40s and itching for a break. So they rent out their San Diego home--dog, cat and furniture included--and embark on a yearlong journey around the world. "We're not out to find ourselves, or even to lose ourselves," McIntyre writes. "We're merely seeking a pause in our routines." But the couple is soon swept up in the adventure of a lifetime: trekking in the Himalayas, traversing the Sahara on camel, scrambling over the temples of Angkor, crossing the world's largest salt flat in South America, scaling a New Zealand glacier. The book recounts the odyssey in 48 dispatches from 22 countries. Among them: birdwatching in Indonesia, a haircut from Vietnam's oldest barber, touring a notorious prison in Bolivia, haggling over rugs in Morocco, on safari in Nepal. McIntyre taps his self-deprecating humor to convey the joys, perils and frustrations of prolonged travel. When the couple ventures into a cyclone in Fiji on a rubber raft, he writes, "The absence of life jackets and paddles meant more room for our lunacy." And during a ride across India with a hired car and driver, he notes, "His passing technique was so precise, I could see my horrified expression reflected in the chrome bumpers of onrushing trucks." He also writes eloquently of such poignant moments as sleeping under the stars in North Africa, flying kites with a poor boy in Bali, and the death of a female tour guide in China. By journey's end, he's shucked much of his journalist's cynicism, and he stands in awe of a staggeringly beautiful world and the resilient souls who fill it.

The Wander Year is an expanded version of the popular series of the same name that ran in the Travel section of the Los Angeles Times.

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From the Author

Look for the latest release by Mike McIntyre, The Distance Between: A Travel Memoir, which chronicles his three decades of wanderlust.

About the Author

Mike McIntyre's newest book is The Distance Between, a travel memoir that covers his three decades of wanderlust. His other travelogues include The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World and The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America, which was featured on Oprah. He is also the author of the crime novel The Scavenger's Daughter. He has worked as a theater columnist for the Washington Post and a travel columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in San Diego.

Product Details

  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495213811
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kite Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BW2X52
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful
By JasonB
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I've been addicted to travel books lately, partly because I'm subsconsciously planning for my next big trip and partly due to wishful thinking. The premise is very appealing - quit your job and travel around the world for a year. The author is an experienced writer, and it definitely shows. However, I found the book to be a pretty disappointing read. I was expecting it to be full of anecdotes of a traveler living among the locals and embracing their cultures by emulating their way of life. Instead, it reads like a bunch of reviews stringed together, and interactions were mostly with workers and members of the hospitality industry (hotel owners, clerks, porters, etc) and other western tourists, not with the locals. Tried to stay in a backpackers' hostel in New Zealand but got intimidated and left for a luxury hotel the next day? Frowning on India for being such a poor country and being so irritated that the author never wanted to come back again? $160 per night hotel rooms in Nepal, one of the 10 poorest countries in the world? Come on. That is not authentic travel at all. It reads what you'd expect of someone who's vacationed only on cruise ships were to suddenly get displaced in another country (yes, I know this is the same author who wrote "Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America").

If you're someone who's in your 30s or 40s and never really traveled abroad before, and would like to know what to expect, maybe this is a good book. But if you're a backpacker, or a regular visitor of hostels, or someone who travels not for the sake of checklisting countries visited but to embrace and learn new cultures, then this book is probably not for you - and like me, you'll probably find yourself shaking your head at the missed opportunities throughout the book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read for New Travellers February 7, 2012
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What with growing up in a low socio-economic country town, working my butt off to get through University and only just landing a graduate job I confess I am nowhere near as well travelled as I would like to be.

I found this book enjoyable for someone like me who has heard of these places, is considering travelling to a lot of them but has never been. The chapters are short and sweet and while its very obvious you are not getting a full blow by blow account of the entire journey its easy to pick up and put down as needed.

I agree with other reviews that this would not appeal to a very well travelled person - but if you are just starting to dip your toes into the world you could do a lot worse than this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Journey April 26, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. While it read similar to a series of newspaper columns, that's what I expected based on the book introduction. I really enjoyed the sections on Nepal, China, and Chile. They gave me a feel for the people, the culture, and several potential travel ideas. The Jenny Xu story was touching. It was fun to be a third traveler on this journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved every bit of it. October 5, 2012
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This book is about what it says in its title - a wander year. One couples journey around the world. It gripped me from the start. As I told Mike himself; while waiting in a queue in Paris to fly home to Ireland, I read the end and all I did was laugh. It was a brilliant tale, account, full of anecdotes and happenings, told of adventure and excitement and did what I expect a travel book to do - Make me want to go to those places. Its stored on my kindle because I will read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 21, 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. It is an adventure, a tale, a couple's journey, a guy's random observations, all of it in a balance to keep you interested, entertained and feed your soul enough to leave it with a smile and a good memory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and disappointing November 24, 2012
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Since discovering Paul Theroux several years ago, I have been reading every travel book that I find. This one was very disappointing in that the travelers didn't seem to appreciate the places they visited, were preoccupied with their creature comforts, and did not represent the TRUE travelers I have known. Tourists, maybe. I would only recommend this book to those who have not traveled much themselves, or those who aren't much interested in more than a very cursory glimpse at the places along the route taken.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wander Years September 9, 2012
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I totally enjoyed your book. I felt that I was right along with the two of you! I have done a little traveling myself, but nothing like this. I envy you that you had the courage to quit your jobs and take off. A little to late for me, but I can read about others! I would recommend this book to anyone with an adventuous streak in them. Go and just do it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traveling the wander year February 6, 2012
By Mary A.
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A very enjoyable read that leaves you just tad envious that you can't enjoy the same kind of adventure. I wish the book had been more in depth. I'm sure there were tons of interesting stories left untold. I would also recommend Mike's book "Penniless across America".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What Is the Real World?
I loved the book.

I learned so much on how different we see people that we had only heard or read about. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Vincent Clesi
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beach reading
Didn't get much out of the story, didn't feel involved with the couple but good for light reading@beach with beer.
Published 15 days ago by pioneerdat
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, evocative, and entertaining as hell.
I first read Mike McIntyre's Wander Year as installments in The Los Angeles Times. Here's a collection with all of the columns together and the effect is captivating! Read more
Published 18 days ago by vicverbal
5.0 out of 5 stars the fun of travelling
A light travel read that made me laugh...and reminded me of lots I have experienced travelling but never put into words.
If you like travel books you'll like this one
Published 25 days ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book...wish I could do it!
Thanks Mike and Andrea for sharing your experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your writing style is engaging and kept me totally interested.
Published 1 month ago by Erin's Chloe
1.0 out of 5 stars A travel book for non travellers
As someone who has travelled extensively I had to stop reading this simplified travelogue after a few chapters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sjames
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put it Down
Love this book! It was hard to put down. It is easy to read and makes you want to know where their next travels find them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Math Teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
Very enjoyable read. This made me want to pack my bags and explore many of the places this couple did.
Published 2 months ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Around The World
This is a great account of a couple who pool their resources to travel around the world for a year. As the author writes you can learn more about your home country be leaving it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ricky KImsey
5.0 out of 5 stars world tour
Would have loved to have done this when I was young. It was interesting to see other countries from a unique point of view. Wish he could have written more.
Published 2 months ago by arkreader
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More About the Author

Mike McIntyre bounced around a lot as a child. As an adult, nothing's changed. He's lived, worked and traveled in eighty countries. His newest book is The Distance Between, a travel memoir about his three decades of wanderlust. His other travelogues are The Wander Year and The Kindness of Strangers, which was featured on Oprah. He's also the author of the crime novel The Scavenger's Daughter. After earning degrees from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Michigan, he turned to journalism, writing for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He's a frequent visitor to Scotland, where he indulges his passion for links golf. When not traveling, he lives in San Diego with his wife and cat.

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