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One Year Off: Leaving it All Behind for a Round-the-world Journey with Our Children (Footsteps) [Paperback]

David Elliot Cohen
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25 April 2001 Footsteps
A year off from work. A meandering journey around the globe. Though it sounds like an impossible dream, one day David Cohen and his family decide to make it a reality. In their year, the Cohen family trek up a Costa Rican volcano, traverse the vast Australian desert, and roam the Burgundy canals by houseboat. An inspiring true story of one family's adventure of a lifetime.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales, Incorporated; 1 Reprint edition (25 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211651
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In December, Devi and I announced that we were trading in our quiet suburban life for a long rambling trip around the world. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars One family adventure of a lifetime 27 Nov 2008
David Elliot Cohen an American had everything most people strive for in life, a good job and a wife & a family, the American dream as they call it across the pond.
Well for him it wasn't the life he wanted and he was not satisfied, he felt their was something missing in his life.
One evening David and he wife came up with an idea to travel all the way around the world for a year with their three kids.
All he had to do was give up his job, sell his house and get rid of most of their belongingness, crazy you might think but that's exactly what David and his family did.
When David and his wife told their friends and family about what they doing some thought it was crazy but others wished they had done it themselves at some stage in their lifes.
This book is made up of over 20 e-mails extracts David sent back to all them friends and family during their year long trip.
David and his family visited 16 countries during their trip and in each one of them countries gave him a story to tell in them e-mails.
The trip is not without it's problems and not everything goes to plan but they make it work and for that he and his wife deserve credit.
In his e-mails David gives some intresting insights in how he,the kids and his wife cope being with each other 24 hours a day, something most familes could never experience in their normal day to day activities.
A very intresting book that gives you a good insight into what life is like travelling with your family around the world all day everyday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traveling with kids is different! 24 July 2001
By Bill Staley - Published on
I ate it up in 2 nights. It was great to read about traveling with kids, who have their own perspectives and don't care what the guidebook says. The "we took a year off" part was interesting, but the fun part was finding out what the kids liked and why. The humor is welcome. This will make a great gift to parents.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not enough meat to base a year off decision on 30 July 2008
By Kathleen Wiersch - Published on
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was easy to finish. It tries to sound like it is written as it is happening but it seems pretty clear that it has been filtered by hindsight. Although he touches on some of the challenges like getting his kids to stop fighting, again, I think the hindsight filter has mitigated how challenging this might have been at the time. Also, it seems like it focuses on the highlights, much like travel guides do when I was more interested in some of the nitty gritty of the daily life of trying to do something like this with children. What you have is a pleasant travelogue with some nicely written vignettes. My personal take-away is I would rather have my children and I spend more time in fewer places - more likely picking a base and exploring from there instead of living out of a suitcase. I also imagine that this trip cost the Cohen's a lot more than we would consider spending. They did, for example, bring along a nanny. One very useful aspect of this tale is they had a toddler along with two school age children and we get to see how the different ages affects how they reacted to the trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What did you expect?? 24 Nov 2001
By dragonsphoenix - Published on
(...) the children were the BEST part. Isn't it obvious by the book jacket that this is a story about a FAMILY's adventures? Written first person by the Dad, it can only have his perspectives and thoughts, with Devi's and the kids' interjecting every so often. I am amused by their antics and the sibling rivalry is definitely true to life. (Don't) forget that David's purpose to take this trip was NOT to research a book, but to spend time on an adventure with his family, which he does to (most of) our delight. If he had spent more time polishing this book on the journey, I'm certain his joy with the family would have suffered, and I am happy to read the entertainment that he spins for us.
Definitely read the book. It's fun, a good read, filled with a couple of practical tidbits (tricks and bribes =)) here and there about travelling with your family. When I have kids I'll definitely do the same, even if they don't appreciate it yet!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 360 Degree Longitude is Better 31 Dec 2011
By K. A. Flatley - Published on
This is a decent book, but I enjoyed 360 degree longitude better. The writing in One Year Off isn't very captivating and the story of a wealthy family traveling the world for a year made it difficult for me to connect with the story. Also, the fact that they couldn't manage to homeschool their kids on the road and so they decided to spend 6 months in Australia was a bit of a let down (and boring part to the book). I preferred 360 Degree Longitude since while the family is clearly upper middle class they needed to persistently save to do this trip. They also were rugged travelers - camping, staying in hostels and biking. The writing of 360 was far better to boot - I found it difficult to put the book down.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lessons for Life! 15 Mar 2004
By Lisa Yeomelakis - Published on
I read this book years ago and continue to share it with friends and family members. It is a lovely mix of family stories and world travel. I particularly like the lessons it teaches us about how important life is. We only go around once so we better make it good.
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