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360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World Paperback – July 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I read this book in 2 days. Not an easy feat as I look after two girls, 9 and 2, AND a 44 year old kid posing as my husband.
Once I read the first few sentences I could not put it down. Now, granted, my husband and I have been talking about a trip like this for as long as we have been together, and we place world travel very high on our priority list, so that could be why I just inhaled the thing. But don't take my word for it either! Just check out Amazon.com! In just 6 weeks this non-fiction delight has garnered ONLY 5 star ratings, and rave reviews. And I can totally understand why.
John Higham is a rocket scientist. Not as in, "Oh gee, it doesn't take a rocket scientist." No, he really IS one. He and his wife took 10 years to plan the "world the round" trip (as one of his children exclaimed in their toddler years), and he not only gives great detail of their travels but it is entertaining as heck and hilarious at times! When was the last time you laughed out loud while reading a travel memoir other than a Bill Bryson? Not only is it wildly entertaining, it is also educational without being text-booky, and honestly? You just feel like you are along for the ride, the tandem bike ride, as that is how this family largely travelled. Surviving on ham sandwiches and hitting the off-off beat track and getting sidetracked by some crazy stuff, you will feel like you know each and everyone of these people intimately. Not only that, if you have any interest at all in travelling the world?Read more ›
From the first few pages I found myself drawn in and welcomed as a part of the authors family. It was so easy to become swept away right along with them in their travels. The author does a fantastic job of illustrating with vivid detail the beautiful countryside and then the not so lavish areas as well. There were so many parts where I giggled out loud. As I got caught up in the story going on in my mind I was then able to click on the computer and see first hand the beauty of the landscape and/or the entertaining antidotes of the families travels.
The Google earth layer was entertaining. I found myself putting sticky notes in the book at the parts I wanted to view online because I just had to keep reading to find out what the next adventure or family joke would be.
I loved that the children helped create this book with their journal entries. It certainly is a different perspective to an already witty, insightful and thought provoking book.
I have to admit when I read about some of the locations that this family visited my jaw dropped and I thought to my self `YOU TOOK YOUR KIDS WHERE???'
But as I read my preconceived notions were changed and I took on a different perspective (and admittedly that is NOT an easy thing for me to do). And I am so glad that I got the chance to modify my thoughts as did this family. There were many heartendering experiences that will leave an impression on me even though I didn't experience it first hand. It was so easy to see through the eyes of this family, children included.
I'm sure that I will never have the opportunity to travel the world but after reading the book I wanted to offer my appreciation to the Higham's for allowing me to share their travels Round-the-World.
As I traveled vicariously around the world with the Highams (Dad John; Mom September, Katrina age 11 and Jordan age 8), I'd hear the train whistles, see the sunsets, get drenched in the rain, and even hobble around with one broken leg and a crutch. But what really impressed me was the Highams themselves: their resourcefulness, their obvious respect and love for each other, their good-natured kidding, their intelligence, their care and friendliness as they met people very different from themselves, and especially their good humor as they dealt with daunting problems.
Their hallmark was flexibility: Katrina breaking her leg but insisting on continuing their trip; shipping their bikes back home and continuing their journey on public transportation (bus, train, plane, boat, guided tours with questionable safety precautions); and being the only hikers hiking Machu Picchu without porters (dad had forgotten to check the box).
The book ended with each participant writing a brief epilogue, revealing how their travels had changed their lives, changed their attitudes toward each other, and changed their attitudes toward those with vastly different backgrounds and experiences.
A thoroughly engrossing read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From when their two children were small, John and September Higham promised that once the kids were old enough, the family would take a year off and bicycle around the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. M Young
The author says something like "For a place, a culture to be understood, it needs to be felt." What a fantastic thought. Read morePublished 3 months ago
The Highams spent ten years planning their family trip around the world. Their children were eleven and eight when they started their adventure which means the son hadn't been... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Serena
I decided to read this book because it was recommended as part of a homeschool geography course, and I assumed I was going to love it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Diane Stranz
Awesome story and very inspiring. This is one adventurous family!Published 11 months ago by SeattleMeredith
My wife and I are really interested in starting to travel. We'd love to go across Asia, Europe, etc. this book gave entertainment and info.Published 12 months ago by Robert
I quite liked 360 degrees longitude: I'm not sure how it should have ended, but it was sort of anti-climactic for me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lois J. Williams
Interesting travel anecdotes and a lot of warm fuzzies for family bonding throughout the journey. Narrated by a very fortunate dad, but the narrative is humble and entertaining.Published 17 months ago by Maura Klein
I enjoyed this book - fun and easy to read. I also found it fascinating that my favorite place on earth (so far) is the SAME as the authors!? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Celeste Y Carlson