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One of the things that really stood out to me was when she mentioned the strangers that went out of their way to help them. Even decades later, the author hasn't forgotten them.
Read this book if you are gearing up for your own travels or just feeling restless.
I enjoyed reading her book and it brings back my own memories of the countries she describes in her book.
The author describes a wide range of places but the ones that I could relate to most were India and Nepal. She could be describing them now. Almost nothing has changed. If you are thinking of visiting these places, buy the book. If you don’t have the time or money, this book will take you there.
I was carried along with Hackett's delightful descriptions as she traversed the Himalayas, rode crowded buses through China, and experienced the ever present contradictions of India. Throughout her book she also entertained readers with her own personal musings, thoughts, and feelings of the places she visited and what she encountered while traveling, making her writing personal and unique.
Restless is a great read about a woman who had a strong desire to travel and made it happen despite the naysayers and with children in tow. I was enthralled with the places she traveled to, some I had even been to enabling me to relive my own experiences. I highly recommend this book to other readers who enjoy in-depth travel memoirs.
It was interesting to read the comparison between low level travel through Europe (solitary) and Asia (everyone in your face). I enjoyed reading about her family life and dynamics in Australia.
I was surprised that although she traveled with a husband and one (later two) kids and she constantly referred to “we” there was very little reference about the husband.
The book was written years after the trips based on memory and letters she had written. Interesting was when she said that the kids are grown now. One doesn’t want to leave home and the other can’t stay.
Because of the time factor (and she does reference cellphones and internet not available then), I’m going to suggest that this book is better suited for armchair travelers than as a guide or “how to” book.
Unlike other memoirs I've read, it doesn't come off as written to brag, but to inspire. This was a lovely surprise and why I think it's a must-read even if you don't necessarily want to grab your backpack and trek across Asia. And if you do or have? You'll likely laugh out loud at the vivid and accurate descriptions of experiences in these areas (I've only been to India, but I was cracking up over and trying not to wake up my fellow passengers!). .
The first half of the book and the author's insights will inspire you to find some way to disconnect to get in touch with yourself. Through traveling or some other means.
The second half will inspire you to let go of excuses. Whether you're a parent thinking you can't travel because of your kids (the author proves this is a silly excuse!) or you are letting some other barriers keep you from going after your dreams, reading this memoir will have you think differently.
So glad I read this! Now, time to plan my next big adventure ;)