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The Expat Almanac: Sell it all. Pack a bag. Hit the road. [Kindle Edition]

Louise Lague , Tom Lichty
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Well into their second fifty years, Louise Lague and Tom Lichty abandoned everything that was comfortable and secure, packed one bag each, and embarked on an adventure that lasted a year.

They let their apartment lease expire. They sold their car—and almost everything else. They said goodbye to young and old and hit the road.

How did they prepare? What did they take? Where did they live? How much did it cost? What if there was a medical crisis? (Spoiler: there was.) What did they do when the year ended?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988722526
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Frisky Geezer, LLC (27 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0256OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As I was off on a trip to Girona, I typed it in to the search and this is what I got.

A pleasent enough read but not what i was expecting. The preperation was the most interesting part, particularly the estate sale.
However once there travels began i would have like more detail on the places , the food they eat, the sites they visited.

I'm also hoping to "sell it all" and see the world and settle in Spain as expat.
However this couple had no house to sell, put their furniture in storage and went on a year long well planned holiday . Good for them but not quite as adventurous as I thought.

Well written and I'll probably check out the blog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 12 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed reading what happened when a couple in their golden years just take off for a year. Nice book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life outside USA, how to do it, just a great read if you stay home 1 May 2014
By Sue Tatem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
An Oregon retired couple spent a year as expats in Girona Spain, Chania Greece, Bellagio and Venice Italy, and Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Both are lifelong writers and their "he wrote, she wrote" book is clear, concise, funny, absorbing, and well written on every page. The book covers their year of preparations, their medical problems, how they managed the money and languages, and their return to Oregon. I read the printed book in a day. It is a page turner. Despite the cover, they did not travel in a camper. They did not rent cars. They used planes and local transportation -- buses, trains, ferries, bicycles, and taxis. Most of all they used their feet, hiking and walking everywhere. Reading the book in a day, I had the expat adventures on my sofa. It is an easy and great read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 6 May 2014
By Glenn, the bearded guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks Tom and Louise for an entertaining style of writing. As a wanna be expat and a very near future re-visitor to PV, as well as a former temporary hospital patient as a visitor to Mexico on another trip, your adventures hit home for me. Thank you for letting me walk in your footsteps. I don't know either of you, but I like you! Thanks for sharing your life and your love, as well as this pre-sale copy. I was endlessly entertained!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's dream to travel for a year - this couple took the step and this book tells us all about it 6 May 2014
By mjboyd - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book - these two closed up their home and traveled for a year, staying in Spain, Crete, Venice, Bellagio, and Puerto Vallarta - the last for 6 glorious months. The authors are both witty and entertaining, as well as being adventurous - to actually take this journey many of us only think about. Great read from the comfort of home and hearth. They traveled by train, boat and bus, local and across borders, and stayed in apartments rented ahead of time after extensive online research. These two are seasoned and enthusiastic travelers - an inspiration for those of us who have long term travel on our bucket lists ! Read this book to share their adventures and mishaps (no spoilers here), find inspiration to take the trip yourselves if so inclined, and for a great way to spend an afternoon or evening in the comfort of home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As an expat living in Asia since 1991, I loved this book and found it both inspiring and insightful 21 Jun 2014
By Daniel Halevi Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used to work as a freelance cartoonist for the editorial page of the Washington Star newspaper in Washington in the great long ago and that is where I first chanced upon Louise Lague's byline. That she would go abroad and take her partner aboard and end with this wonderful travelogue is fitting for a writer of her caliber and insight. We all age, don't we all, smile, and as I write this review from an internet cafe in Taiwan where I have hung my shingle for the rest of my life, or what's left of it, I just need to say that the blog that started this book off rocked, as does this book, and while you don't have to be an expat to like this expat almanac, it certainly helps to have that expat view of things to appreciate what it takes to survive in a world outside one's every day borders. I loved this. And I'm just 65!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Expat Experience - Soup to Nuts! 15 May 2014
By Terri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Expat Almanac is a joy. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to uproot your entire life, sell your stuff, and set out on the international travel adventure of a lifetime, then you’ll be enthralled by Tom and Louise’s engaging tales, intrepid spirits, and fantastic writing.

They describe themselves as “well into our second fifty years” and provide a very personal account of the real expat experience, with both its highs and lows. From the elation of living on a Greek island, to the nightmare of life-threatening surgery in a foreign land, they don’t pull any punches. And through it all, the remarkable friends they made will be with them for a lifetime.

We discovered Louise and Tom’s blog when they were in the midst of downsizing and planning for their journey. As serial expats ourselves we could relate to what they were going through. We were immediately drawn to their captivating writing infused with an unfailing sense of humor. This book presents the essence of their exploits, distilled from their blog. It includes great introductions to each chapter and new material never shared in their blog. If you’re considering this kind of life change - or you’re an avid armchair traveler - you’ll enjoy it immensely.
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