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Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks [Kindle Edition]

Julie Morey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Julie Morey was a good
Christian girl who'd spent 10 years married to a man she deeply loved. When
alcoholism destroyed her marriage she decided to spend seven months in exotic South
East Asia doing everything she shouldn't.

With only her backpack
and a broken heart, Julie found herself dancing all night at Thailand's famous Full
Moon Party, crashing her scooter, eating happy pizza, kissing gorgeous men with
accents, hitchhiking, breaking into national monuments, and couchsurfing all
over India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

A 10 day silent meditation
retreat finally connected Julie with the deep inner reserves that allowed her
to grieve and break with her past. She realized that even if her life is a
train wreck all she has to do is face in the right direction and keep walking.

Brave, brutally honest,
sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, Travel,
Sex, and Train Wrecks
is the story of one young woman's first steps towards
living life on her own terms.


Editorial Reviews


It felt more like reading a travel diary than reading a travel novel...She shares the good, the bad, and the crazy.  I felt like I was actually there with her while reading this. It is wonderfully written, and it is a fun read. -  Book Reviews by Courtney Bauman (

Morey's writing voice is informal, helping the reader feel like they're a friend tagging along on her adventures...a fun read that should appeal to fans of travel narratives, especially women who have a thing for guys with accents. - BigAl's Books & Pals (

It is hilarious and adventurous, with more than a few dashes of sizzling romance and brutal soul-searching honesty.  Author Julie Morey has written a fantastic book that will take the reader along with her on her wildly crazy, but much needed trip through and around Asia. This is a book that will speak to readers around the globe. - Night Owl Reviews - Top Reviewer Pick. (

Product Details

  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Morey (July 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm too Old? October 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Maybe I'm too old for this book. It just wasn't what I expected.

I'm also divorced after a long marriage, and have also found travel to be a wonderful thing. I got this book because I am planning on visiting Thailand and Cambodia next year.

That said, the book, while well written and interesting, left me feeling kind of sad. The author doesn't strike me as an adventuress; desperate and frantic were the words that came to me. I was hoping for an introspective investigation of the countries visited and the changes she went through in them. There was a little of that, but it seemed to me it was mostly bar and bed hopping. Distasteful enough in the Gen X'er's she traveled with. Even more so in a woman in her 30's.

Other than the ten day retreat, I didn't find the changes I was expecting, and nowhere did I find good info on the temples, culture or people of these countries. It was mostly rapturous descriptions of the current young man in her bed. Yawn. He's 19 and you're drunk. C'mon.

I also couldn't help but wonder just what she was living on. How does she support herself? I mean, 7 months is a long time. The only thing mentioned is the occasional volunteer position or short term teaching. Not very helpful to most of us.

All in all, it just wasn't what I expected after reading the reviews and description.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Have you ever wished you could put your responsibilities on hold and go have an adventure (or five)? The author of TSTW did just that, and shares her experiences traveling through southeast Asia in intimate, sometimes shocking, detail.

TSTW is part travel diary and part romance novel; the author taking the reader along as she tries to outrun the grief of a bitter divorce and find out who she is and what direction she should take in her new life. Morey's tone is at the same time conversational, witty, and unflinchingly honest, as she describes both the memories and mistakes she makes along the way.

This quick read is a hopeful story of personal growth that leaves the reader with the idea that the end of life as you know it isn't the end of your life, and that mistakes can lead to new and better beginnings. Be warned, though - it'll leave you with a serious case of travel lust!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read But Definitely Not For Guys November 7, 2012
By JasonB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was in need of another travel book, and quickly picked this one up based on the strong reviews. Big mistake, sort of. What I like is the author was not afraid to open herself up to the reader, as she made bold forays into personal topics such as her failed marriage, her changing conservative values, her evolving sexuality, and challenging her relationship with God. She wasn't traveling just for the sake of traveling, but to escape from her past and to help re-discover herself, so it was like a journey on two levels. The book covered the aforementioned topics well, and did so against the backdrop of exciting locations throughout Asia. This was just honest and fresh writing. I appreciate that the author took the time to share her very personal story and was willing to take the risk of being judged by readers who might have opinions about a woman making strong comments about religion and sexuality.

That said, the author's target audience is clearly women, particularly women who read books like "50 Shades of Grey" and probably fantasize about traveling and meeting strange men in foreign lands. As a guy, it was definitely uncomfortable reading at times, but I paid $4 and dammit I was determined to get my money's worth. I felt like an uncle being invited to play tea party with his 5-year-old niece, and he has to play along so to not disappoint her: "What? Yea sure, I guess I can sit down in this little pink chair and hold a cup of tea, but I gotta go in a few minutes okay? Are we having fun yet? Yea? Do I really have to wear this bonnet? Okay, I really gotta go now." The book could use a good editor, as the story kind of jumps all over the place at times, with flashbacks or things happening out of sequence, but it wasn't difficult for me to figure out what was going on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks October 5, 2012
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Travel narratives are never about just the travel. If a reader desires information about travel destinations, guidebooks and their internet equivalents do a better and much more comprehensive job. What a narrative gives that a guidebook can't is the personal touch. What did this specific traveler experience and get out of their trip? What were they looking for? What did they actually find? It might be adventure, a better understanding of other cultures, escape (even if temporary), or a better understanding of themselves. Travel, Sex, and Train Wrecks has all of these.

Morey's writing voice is informal, helping the reader feel like they're a friend tagging along on her adventures. However, this sometimes went a bit too far. One example being her overuse of the word ever, as in "... the absolute best breakfast joint --Ever." Still, a fun read that should appeal to fans of travel narratives, especially women who have a thing for guys with accents.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best inspiration and laugh
This book had me laughing out loud and booking a trip asap. Great book if you love traveling and what comes with new adventures good and bad.
Published 4 months ago by alisha sheline
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Felt like I was there.... From what I remember through the fog of two decades back. Great weekend read!
Published 4 months ago by david ginsburg
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Could be an adventure to read - if only she could write.
Published 5 months ago by CM
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry - didn't grab my attention for long
Started it but couldn't get into it, let alone finish it. The blurb was good enough for me to pick it up though...good job on that.
Published 6 months ago by PDX Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Time Traveling Without Leaving My House!
Julie has real courage to take on Asia with such gusto. It must be a real eye-opener to return home afterwards and encounter these same cultures trying to get along in our... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cdunc
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
Very fun read, but beware, it will make you want to quit life and go travel! Very much enjoyed this.
Published 10 months ago by Robyn Woodbury
3.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that
Decent book and an easy read, but I feel like this story has been written a billion times. Anyone who has traveling abroad in their 20s has had similar experience, and there is no... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Beth Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars an amazing adventure
Absolutely loved this book. It's full of fun and adventure and honestly I'm a bit jealous that an experience like this out p there and I'm missing it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ashjoann
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
ugh. Not worth purchasing it. Sorry Julie, I just couldn't see where the story was going, so I never finished it.
Published 18 months ago by Colene H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Entertaining; a fun read. Writing was a bit rough in some areas. I sometimes felt like I was reading a "why I'm awesome" biopic. It lacked a certain amount of depth. Read more
Published 19 months ago by allyouneedislove
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More About the Author

Julie Morey is originally from a nice suburb in Northern California complete with a white picket fence. Her parents are still shaking their heads and wondering what they did wrong. They make sure to send her one guilt inducing e-mail a month about how it is time to "stop traveling and return to reality." She politely ignores them.

The travel bug bit her in college when she visited Europe with a couple girlfriends. 50 + countries later she is still traveling. She has spent the last five years in Southeast Asia, teaching in both South Korea and Taiwan, and traveling through Malaysia, the Philippines, Bali, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, China, Mongolia, Russia, most of Eastern Europe, Turkey, Greece, and Ireland. Recently, she was last spotted somewhere in South America near Ecuador. :)

Feel free to drop her a line. She does have internet access and loves emails gushing about how awesome she and/or her book is. It also makes her feel a little less lonely in this big old world and a bit special (no, not short-school-bus special.)

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She blogs about her adventures at Please come check it out, read her blogs, send a message, or whatever strikes your fancy.

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