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One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children Paperback – June 9, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Travelers' Tales Footsteps (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; 1 Reprint edition (June 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211651
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a decent book, but I enjoyed 360 degree longitude better. The writing in One Year Off isn't very captivating and the story of a wealthy family traveling the world for a year made it difficult for me to connect with the story. Also, the fact that they couldn't manage to homeschool their kids on the road and so they decided to spend 6 months in Australia was a bit of a let down (and boring part to the book). I preferred 360 Degree Longitude since while the family is clearly upper middle class they needed to persistently save to do this trip. They also were rugged travelers - camping, staying in hostels and biking. The writing of 360 was far better to boot - I found it difficult to put the book down.
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I ate it up in 2 nights. It was great to read about traveling with kids, who have their own perspectives and don't care what the guidebook says. The "we took a year off" part was interesting, but the fun part was finding out what the kids liked and why. The humor is welcome. This will make a great gift to parents.
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Like the author's TS Elliott quote about winding up back where you started but seeing with fresh eyes, this is both the book's journey and hopefully yours, as the reader. Journey the world without the inconveniences; Laugh, feel inspired, and wonder what is around the next bend.

If you are an avid traveler and have lived abroad, you might find yourself remembering your own journeys or be inspired to go on a new one.

In the wrap up, where the author astutely says, that it takes time to percolate the lessons of the year, he reminds us that there is this ever present journey....right here..life. Do it well with purpose and integrity.

Thank you David and family... I don't know you but really enjoyed the book read from on a recent trip from the outskirts of Sienna and SW France to the shores of Santa Barbara.
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I struggled with the first third of David's book. He and his family seemed quite entitled and his writing seemed forced. It was obvious he was trying to be funny and it came off as disingenuous. However, I am so happy I stuck with it because I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book. I also loved the last chapter and his thoughts as he was ending his year traveling. I also enjoyed the "where is the family now" chapter. Very interesting read.
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I really enjoyed reading this book and it was easy to finish. It tries to sound like it is written as it is happening but it seems pretty clear that it has been filtered by hindsight. Although he touches on some of the challenges like getting his kids to stop fighting, again, I think the hindsight filter has mitigated how challenging this might have been at the time. Also, it seems like it focuses on the highlights, much like travel guides do when I was more interested in some of the nitty gritty of the daily life of trying to do something like this with children. What you have is a pleasant travelogue with some nicely written vignettes. My personal take-away is I would rather have my children and I spend more time in fewer places - more likely picking a base and exploring from there instead of living out of a suitcase. I also imagine that this trip cost the Cohen's a lot more than we would consider spending. They did, for example, bring along a nanny. One very useful aspect of this tale is they had a toddler along with two school age children and we get to see how the different ages affects how they reacted to the trip.
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I've read most of the books in this genre (dozens) and found One Year Off one of the best if not the best one. The other books are dry and more of a how-to writing. While that could be helpful, the writing gets stale as technology and the world changes. Also, it's just not that much fun.

One Year Off is more of a human interest story about what happens when a family takes off and travels the globe temporarily putting their "regular life" on hold to explore the world. With a compelling story and quality writing, this story is a fun read even if you never take the plunge yourself to head around the world.
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(...) the children were the BEST part. Isn't it obvious by the book jacket that this is a story about a FAMILY's adventures? Written first person by the Dad, it can only have his perspectives and thoughts, with Devi's and the kids' interjecting every so often. I am amused by their antics and the sibling rivalry is definitely true to life. (Don't) forget that David's purpose to take this trip was NOT to research a book, but to spend time on an adventure with his family, which he does to (most of) our delight. If he had spent more time polishing this book on the journey, I'm certain his joy with the family would have suffered, and I am happy to read the entertainment that he spins for us.
Definitely read the book. It's fun, a good read, filled with a couple of practical tidbits (tricks and bribes =)) here and there about travelling with your family. When I have kids I'll definitely do the same, even if they don't appreciate it yet!!
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Many people think long-term travel is only for students, bohemians, retired people, or the ones that leave "it all" behind. This book shows that you don't have to be crazy, a millionaire, or single to travel the world for an extended period of time. Cohen describes how he, his wife, and three kids of various ages planned, traveled, and returned after a year away. Contrary to many boring travelogues, this one is well-written and sometimes funny. It gives you insight into the ups and downs, including the emotions of the family. It is a great motivational read for families with kids.
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