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Wide-Eyed Wanderers: A Befuddling Journey from the Rat Race to the Roads of Latin America & Africa Paperback – May 23, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Pop-Top Publishing (May 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976175606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976175605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We enjoyed this book immensely!
Janet S. Long
Rich's humor and interesting anecdotes made it a real page-turner, and I couldn't help but notice some similarities between their relationship and my own.
Ruined Adventures
The Ligatos have accomplished a goal that most of us only dream of.
Carol White

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol White on August 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Ligatos have accomplished a goal that most of us only dream of. Their 3-year adventure is both heartwarming and nail-biting. They tell their stories with such clarity and passion that you can't help but get wrapped up in their adventures.

Being totally non-mechanical, I was fascinated with their tales of keeping their old VW running -- but they met such wonderful characters because it, that it wouldn't have been half as much fun in a more modern cruiser!

This book is a must read for anyone who has ever dreamed of just taking off and letting life happen. A truly great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrbscienceman on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing! I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure books like "One Man Caravan" or "Jupiters travels" or fans of "Long way Round"
this is not just a book about traveling in a vw van, it is about living life rather than just existing.
If this book does not make you want to make some changes in your life after reading it, then you probably would rather watch tv than read this anyway.
Buy this and rethink everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Damon on August 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
A truly fun adventure in which the reader experiences life on the open road, exploring new countries and cultures, and gets a taste of what it would be like to live a more simple life.

Informative, fun, and inspiring!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi C on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book starts in San Diego and whisks you off at the speed of a VW van to Mexico and Africa. The best part of the book is the honesty of Richard Ligato. He doesn't make you think its an easy trip, in fact, he and his wife Amanda have to overcome all kinds of obstacles. However, he remains very reflective and humbled by the whole experience. This book really draws you in to their world. A great read for anyone interested in traveling outside of the US. Lots of interesting facts and bits of trivia too.
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Team tells good story. They had regular jobs with the Coronado city government (not a bad place to work, or spend leisure time). Decided to take off and explore for awhile in a VW pop top (same color as my own, much further back) in a low-budget, non-rushing style. They headed over the border at TJ, hit places in Mexico, then Central America. From Panama, they put the VW on a boat to Ecuador. On to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, etc. Finally another big decision and they shipped the VW on over to Africa. End result -- 3 years out there. Very slow pace, almost always at campgrounds or behind hotels, etc. Many amazing stories, border cops demanding bribes, hustlers always, etc. And for those who enjoy either seeing the world or reading about other's travels, may I suggest [...], my recent book about my own 6-months adventure travel to 27 countries in that wild year.
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By LocoCoyote on January 13, 2015
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I am a sucker for overland tales like this one anyway, so I shouldn't be surprised about how much I enjoyed these tales. Written in a down to earth, easy narrative, it provides us with snapshots of this amazing three year journey. The tone of e book was so easy, I didn't even get overly perturbed by the obvious contempt for the obese the author obviously has!
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More About the Author

Amanda and Rich Ligato have spent a decade living life to the extreme.

National Geographic Adventure magazine said of their journey, "The Ligatos' tale is a textbook lesson in not waiting until your number comes up. The couple decided to create their own lottery jackpot, a six-year savings program that would fund their dream: a road trip to the bottom of South America, up the coast of Brazil, into a shipping container, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa."

Since then the Ligato have cycled around Asia, motorcycled through India, meditated in Thailand and hiked to Everest Basecamp.

When not on the road they call San Diego, California home.