“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage”- Paulo Cuelho
Would you drop everything to travel the world for a year?
That’s exactly what three friends working as journalists in New York did. This is a true story about Jen, Amanda and Holly who were experiencing quarter life-crises and saw travel as an escape.
This book really spoke to me as a twenty-something year-old because these girls faced the universal pressures to find a soulmate, settle down and have 2.5 kids while landing the perfect job and the perfect life.
It will make you examine your own life and its pressures and shows that life can speed up so fast, its hard to jump off. Leases, jobs, and boyfriends all tied them to one spot on the face of the earth.
I had to cringe when they worked up the courage to tell their family, friends, bosses and boyfriends about their year-long world trip. Co-workers warned it was career suicide, families begged them to consider how dangerous traveling is, and some boyfriends threw down ultimatums. No matter how painful disentangling themselves from their commitments in New York were, the three friends set off anyway.
This is not your typical college back-packing tour of Europe; their plans lead them through steamy jungles, steep mountain ranges, dusty deserts, and sun-drenched beaches.
“…any romantic notions we’d harbored about our around-the -world vacation, or about one another, had long since been discarded by the roadside. In their place was a real perfectly imperfect group of friends”.
This story is realistic: they did not ride off into the sunset and enjoy a 100% care-free vacation. Instead there were conflicts of interest within the group, they had to face purse snatchers, bugs and visa issues.
What this year-long adventure does reveal is the importance and power of friendship.
It was really hard to talk about this book without giving too many details away. So I’ll leave you with this: it doesn’t matter how old you are, you should always take the chance to explore!
P.S: I’m making a book list as I go along. If you guys have any suggestions of what I should add to my list, please comment below! 🙂