When it comes time to retire from the working world, do you know what you want to do next?For many boomers (and boomer pluses), having the time and ability to travel is a dream come true. But where do you start? And how do you plan travel? Taking short trips (a week or two) can ease retirees into a travel mindset and test their tolerance levels for lengthier sojourns away from home.
For David Moore and his wife Helene, retirement was an opportunity to plan the trip of a lifetime—15 countries in 10 months. After that monumental adventure, David, a
Brit who worked in advertising and marketing before retirement, wrote about their adventures in a book he called Turning Left around the World, a title that is appropriate since they decided to follow the sun and go west on their journey.
This is a delightful book that recounts of their adventures; it is nostalgia but a whole lot more. Moore has shared good times and challenges of long-term travel in an entertaining account, starting with the intriguing method they used to decide where to go and the company that helped them plan their custom journey.
In addition to describing the destinations and highlights along the way, he includes fascinating facts about the history and culture of places they visited. Using a chipper British conversational style, Moore describes the landscapes, food, and people they discovered while traveling on 53 flights, 30 trains, 8 boats, 3 cruise ships, a hot air balloon, and a multitude of other transportation means.A map included in the book follows the path they took—a path that led them to Chile, Ecuador, and Peru in South America. They continued on to New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and Japan—all the while sharing personal stories and impressions of the exciting places visited and adventures experienced.
If you have a sense of wanderlust and an empty or nearly-empty nest you’ll enjoy reading this memoir. Along with more than 100 colorful photos, Moore’s warm and witty writing style might just convince even reluctant travelers to set up a similar personalized journey. According to Moore using one-on-one guides in notable destinations can make all the difference in what you get out of traveling to far away and exotic places.For more information check the author’s website
The book is available in paperback and eBook at Amazon and other online retailers.
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