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Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World Paperback – April 15, 2014
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"Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom ... an accessible, inspiring journey." - Kirkus
"The author writes in an engaging, descriptive style that makes the reader feel s/he's been invited along for the journey. And what a journey it has been. ... The book is not just about travel, it's about embracing the life you have and living it to the fullest." - New York Journal of Books
"Read [Martin's] tale of travel and get inspired to change your life!" - Jewish Journal
"This terrific book gives hope to everyone who desires the fun and freedom of dropping everything and hitting the road to foreign ports." - Jeri Sedlar, co-author of Don't Retire, REWIRE!
About the Author
In 2010, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their home, disburse most of their belongings and travel the world for the rest of their lives. Lynne's popular blog, homefreeadventures.com, chronicles their nomadic life, which was the cover article of The Wall Street Journal's "Next" section in October 2012, and was featured on the front page of Yahoo.com, as well as in the Huffington Post, Fodor's Travel Intelligence, among others. Her work has also appeared in Mark Chimsky's book, 65 Things to Do When You Retire, International Living, the Huffington Post, and other publications.
Lynne and her husband Tim, a novelist, have lived in Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, France, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, and Morocco since they became home free. She now has no permanent address and intends to keep it that way until the wheels fall off sometime in the next thirty years.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a decent encouragement device to show that it is possible to live home-free in retirement. It serves as a benign jumping-off point for people considering the lifestyle, mentioning things to take into consideration, like healthcare, paying bills, packing. It also offers a high-level introduction to different locations around the world, enough so to prompt further research.
On the not-so-good side:
The book lacks any real detail beyond the most basic advice. It contains no real guidance or resources for what can be some pretty daunting and complex issues. Take the question of electronic devices. Beyond saying that they left the store with a couple of iPhones, a couple of laptops, and a bag of adapters, the author offers no further information. A little detail about data plans, or how their option compared to using local devices would have been much appreciated.
The narrative is flimsy, filled with overused cliches and, frankly, excruciatingly boring at times. Conversations sound forced and stilted. Overall, it reads like a "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" creative writing exercise.
The author goes out of her way to portray her and her husband as middle-class, unassuming, unsophisticated travelers. Just a few pages into the book, it becomes apparent, however, that this couple is very affluent, which makes their decision to live on-the-go much easier. At times, the author appears to be truly out of touch with how average/typical middle-class Americans live. We don't all have friends who live in castles or own luxury properties, complete with house staff.
There seems to be a fair sprinkling of false modesty presented throughout the text.Read more ›
As a travel memoir, it's a little slow since most of what passes for adventure in the Martins' life is shopping for groceries, taking walks, going to movies, eating out. It's the sort of thing you'd do on a relaxing vacation, or in your own neighborhood.
Lynne Martin addresses many of the concerns that she and her husband had when they first considered giving up their home to become nomads. What if they got sick? How would they keep in contact with their children and grandchildren? Would they be able to afford this way of living? Talking to others made them aware of other concerns -- visa restrictions, packing light, expatriate communities for when they became homesick.
I especially liked how Martin included the mistakes they made and what went wrong and how they dealt with it. Sometimes they quarreled (but not often) and sometimes they just got tired. They found out that they didn't hate cruises the way they were afraid they would (repositioning cruises across the Atlantic were their primary way of saving money on the long legs). And Lynne Martin even began a new career in her sixties, as a travel blogger, author, and expert on living without a fixed home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You don't have to be 70 like the author to appreciate the knowledge she imparts. The book is a bit like getting advice from your grandmother... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family
I was captivated by the book's premise - a couple of retirement age and modest means pulling up all roots and adventuring around the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth W. Ozorak
Highly readable and outlines how to travel full time and love it! Can't wait to give it a try!Published 1 month ago by Rebecca L Blackwell
Brilliant first person account of taking the plunge to travel country to country in retirement!Published 2 months ago by Luanne F Caskey
Wonderful glimpse into life well lived for people of certain age. Made me want to sell everything and start new adventure.Published 2 months ago by GENEVIEVE AUMAN
This is an entertaining book, but it is not a "How To" book as it seems many disappointed people have discovered. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Serena
Unless you can expect to have the financial security the author and her husband enjoy, this book isn't going to be all that inspirational. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Wutka