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360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World Paperback – August 21, 2012
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The kids were schooled in math along the way. Books for the children for each destination were packed and shipped monthly by someone in the states.
Tons of planning went into this trip. And I think that's what made the trip such a great success.
Not everything went according to plan. There was a broken leg, worries about getting money, transportation problems, breakdowns, and disappointments. It couldn't have always been easy for the parents even though the kids were terrific and everyone seemed to gain something from every destination.
There is a negative review here by someone who wrote a long paragraph complaining about the parents making the kids wait in line at the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa which she considers an over rated painting. Maybe if she had read the rest of the book she would have marveled at the history learned by visiting Auschwitz, Hiroshima, and the "killing fields" of Cambodia. There were so many valuable things seen and learned in this book that I find nitpicking about a painting more than ridiculous.
I liked the author's writing and I enjoyed how much he appreciated and loved his wife. Journal entries from both children were included. It's clear that they were enjoying themselves and that they were very smart kids.
I liked that Mr. Higham had an appendix of all kinds of interesting facts at the end of the book. Included were countries entered and visited, how they planned, how they saved money, how they made their arrangements, miles traveled, where they slept, what they took, how they paid their bills at home, and most interesting of all is how much the trip cost. A LOT of MONEY. I am sure we will soon see some books that have titles like "How Our Family of Ten Toured the World for a Year On Half as Much Money as the Highams".
A very entertaining book that had me wishing I had thought of it when my kids were young.
However, this is a must read for travel junkies, world explorers and/or those who suffer from wanderlust like myself. I wanted to throw all my essentials in a backpack, jump on a bicycle and journey around the world with the Hinghams almost instantly. John is humorous and quirky and the rest of his family is just as loveable. There were times when I wished he gave me more (what year is this, where did Grandma go - wait she's still there?, what Country are they in again?), but overall this book was brilliant and exciting. Going back to format, I hope they re-release this one day as a scrap book, photos woven in, maps and diagrams of where they traveled to and from within the chapters. I think that would have made the story perfect.
I look forward to the day I am able to "run away" from my everyday life and spread my wings and travel. This will help motivate anyone interested in either taking their own journey, or just a fantastic read in the comfort or safety of your own home.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!!!!