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The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World by [McIntyre, Mike]
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From the Author

Look for the latest release by Mike McIntyre, The Distance Between: A Travel Memoir, which chronicles his three decades of wanderlust.

About the Author

Mike McIntyre's newest book is The Distance Between, a travel memoir that covers his three decades of wanderlust. His other travelogues include The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World and The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America, which was featured on Oprah. He is also the author of the crime novel The Scavenger's Daughter. He has worked as a theater columnist for the Washington Post and a travel columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in San Diego.

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  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kite Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BW2X52
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I've been addicted to travel books lately, partly because I'm subsconsciously planning for my next big trip and partly due to wishful thinking. The premise is very appealing - quit your job and travel around the world for a year. The author is an experienced writer, and it definitely shows. However, I found the book to be a pretty disappointing read. I was expecting it to be full of anecdotes of a traveler living among the locals and embracing their cultures by emulating their way of life. Instead, it reads like a bunch of Tripadvisor.com reviews stringed together, and interactions were mostly with workers and members of the hospitality industry (hotel owners, clerks, porters, etc) and other western tourists, not with the locals. Tried to stay in a backpackers' hostel in New Zealand but got intimidated and left for a luxury hotel the next day? Frowning on India for being such a poor country and being so irritated that the author never wanted to come back again? $160 per night hotel rooms in Nepal, one of the 10 poorest countries in the world? Come on. That is not authentic travel at all. It reads what you'd expect of someone who's vacationed only on cruise ships were to suddenly get displaced in another country (yes, I know this is the same author who wrote "Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America").

If you're someone who's in your 30s or 40s and never really traveled abroad before, and would like to know what to expect, maybe this is a good book. But if you're a backpacker, or a regular visitor of hostels, or someone who travels not for the sake of checklisting countries visited but to embrace and learn new cultures, then this book is probably not for you - and like me, you'll probably find yourself shaking your head at the missed opportunities throughout the book.
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What with growing up in a low socio-economic country town, working my butt off to get through University and only just landing a graduate job I confess I am nowhere near as well travelled as I would like to be.

I found this book enjoyable for someone like me who has heard of these places, is considering travelling to a lot of them but has never been. The chapters are short and sweet and while its very obvious you are not getting a full blow by blow account of the entire journey its easy to pick up and put down as needed.

I agree with other reviews that this would not appeal to a very well travelled person - but if you are just starting to dip your toes into the world you could do a lot worse than this book!
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I really enjoyed this book. While it read similar to a series of newspaper columns, that's what I expected based on the book introduction. I really enjoyed the sections on Nepal, China, and Chile. They gave me a feel for the people, the culture, and several potential travel ideas. The Jenny Xu story was touching. It was fun to be a third traveler on this journey.
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I apologize for this negative review, but after reading 11% of this book I am going to have to call it for what it is. HORRIBLE. The writing is not bad but the opinion of the author is as narrow minded as I have read regarding international travel.

First of all the couple plans to stay in low class facilities and then complains or makes fun of them as though this is the norm. You get what you pay for.

This book is a classic example of undereducated, under-founded Americans getting out of their sparsely populated country and calling the rest of the world inadequate.

I hope the author doesn't try to print his opinion again.

If you paid for this book, please contact Amazon to see if a refund is available.

If you want to read travel memoirs, check with Lonely Planet.
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Since discovering Paul Theroux several years ago, I have been reading every travel book that I find. This one was very disappointing in that the travelers didn't seem to appreciate the places they visited, were preoccupied with their creature comforts, and did not represent the TRUE travelers I have known. Tourists, maybe. I would only recommend this book to those who have not traveled much themselves, or those who aren't much interested in more than a very cursory glimpse at the places along the route taken.
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A tale of two people going to far-flung places: Read about our hair-raising trip by rickshaw during and Indian rush hour, and so on. The book is rather mechanical: first we did this, and then we did that.

I read it because of the author's other book, "The kindness of strangers," a report of his travels from coast to coast without a penny in his pocket. That was real, interesting, and thoughtful. I shall re-read it.

This book on the other hand is rather like a movie sequel; just doesn't have the spark, originality, or interest of the first book.
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As someone who has travelled extensively I had to stop reading this simplified travelogue after a few chapters. Obviously aimed at those who have never/rarely ventured out of their state let alone their country. if you are one of those people it may have some relevance, but for everyone else?
Disappointing. Not worth the four dollars I paid!
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