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Wide-Eyed Wanderers: A Befuddling Journey from the Rat Race to the Roads of Latin America & Africa Paperback – May 23, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Pop-Top Publishing (May 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976175606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976175605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol White on August 23, 2005
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The Ligatos have accomplished a goal that most of us only dream of. Their 3-year adventure is both heartwarming and nail-biting. They tell their stories with such clarity and passion that you can't help but get wrapped up in their adventures.

Being totally non-mechanical, I was fascinated with their tales of keeping their old VW running -- but they met such wonderful characters because it, that it wouldn't have been half as much fun in a more modern cruiser!

This book is a must read for anyone who has ever dreamed of just taking off and letting life happen. A truly great read.
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I am a sucker for overland tales like this one anyway, so I shouldn't be surprised about how much I enjoyed these tales. Written in a down to earth, easy narrative, it provides us with snapshots of this amazing three year journey. The tone of e book was so easy, I didn't even get overly perturbed by the obvious contempt for the obese the author obviously has!
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I loved this book! It's well written, entertaining and the journey was amazing! I highly recommend this book to anybody who, like me, is stuck in life and dreams of casting it all aside and hitting the open road. I'm inspired!
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By mrbscienceman on September 11, 2010
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This book is amazing! I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure books like "One Man Caravan" or "Jupiters travels" or fans of "Long way Round"
this is not just a book about traveling in a vw van, it is about living life rather than just existing.
If this book does not make you want to make some changes in your life after reading it, then you probably would rather watch tv than read this anyway.
Buy this and rethink everything.
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A truly fun adventure in which the reader experiences life on the open road, exploring new countries and cultures, and gets a taste of what it would be like to live a more simple life.

Informative, fun, and inspiring!
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Team tells good story. They had regular jobs with the Coronado city government (not a bad place to work, or spend leisure time). Decided to take off and explore for awhile in a VW pop top (same color as my own, much further back) in a low-budget, non-rushing style. They headed over the border at TJ, hit places in Mexico, then Central America. From Panama, they put the VW on a boat to Ecuador. On to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, etc. Finally another big decision and they shipped the VW on over to Africa. End result -- 3 years out there. Very slow pace, almost always at campgrounds or behind hotels, etc. Many amazing stories, border cops demanding bribes, hustlers always, etc. And for those who enjoy either seeing the world or reading about other's travels, may I suggest [...], my recent book about my own 6-months adventure travel to 27 countries in that wild year.
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We are currently in the middle of our own little road trip (tiny in comparison to the Ligatos' epic adventures), but this was a fantastic read to start the journey! Rich's humor and interesting anecdotes made it a real page-turner, and I couldn't help but notice some similarities between their relationship and my own. I especially enjoyed the way that each chapter would dive into complex subjects (such as apartheid) in an unbiased approach, never influencing the reader's thoughts, yet painting a very authentic picture thru the impression of locals. There was often a valuable lesson to be learned, and I enjoyed taking those moments to reflect and put myself in their shoes. I felt the heavy hit of each low point, but it was great to see how Rich and Amanda would eventually conquer with laughter and determination. Inspiring and eye-opening indeed!
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