Review: One Year Off


Taking Katrina’s Fall into Reading challenge, I’ve been working on the Book of Mormon and One Year Off simultaneously. The Book of Mormon is my daily personal scripture study (for family scripture study, Dan & I are reading Jesus the Christ together—Amazing!) and One Year Off is my night-time reading.

Ok, so I’ve always been a dreamer. Ever since we had exchange students during high school, I’ve wanted to travel. Don’t get me wrong–I did travel through Europe in my teens, but the travel bug has bitten me and it’s not done yet. Asia, Africa, Australia are all possible destinations for me at some point when I have time and money. That’s why this book has been so amazing for me. They did it all–South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. And not only did this family travel for a year, but they did it with a 9 year old, a 6 year old and a 2 year old still in diapers! I can barely imagine taking Ava to Rhode Island, 8 hours away, and here they are traveling the world with a TODDLER!

Brave. That’s all I’ve gots to say!

Not only did they take young children to all of these crazy places, but the timing of their trip was impeccable. The world events that were happening around them were things people lived for years, hoping to see before they died. And simply by luck, and a little bit of planning, in some cases, they saw them all.

If you’re looking for one family’s story of their trip around the world, with some factual details intermixed, this is your book. If you want a deeper look into life in other lands with anthropological analysis, you’re better off reading Margaret Meade or Levi Strauss. The light nature of this book transported me to lands I had only dreamed of.
Next up: Family Travel: The Farther You Go, The Closer You Get.


About jaimeanne

I'm me. Graphic designer extraordinaire, urban master teacher of social studies, former adjunct professor, high school principal, and now most importantly-- Mom to the cutest little girl ever. I try to live by the quote, "Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching." I believe in Christ, and sometimes I'm just trying to figure out what He wants me to do. This blog chronicles that journey.
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One Response to Review: One Year Off

  1. A friend told me about this book, and I think I saw it here on your original list maybe. This is exactly my kind of book. I am definitely going to read it.

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