The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World

The Wander Year One Couple s Journey Around the World A collection of humorous and moving encounters with a sublime world and the extraordinary souls who fill it Bestselling author Mike McIntyre The Kindness of Strangers and his longtime girlfriend Andr

  • Title: The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World
  • Author: MikeMcIntyre
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A collection of humorous and moving encounters with a sublime world and the extraordinary souls who fill it.Bestselling author Mike McIntyre The Kindness of Strangers and his longtime girlfriend, Andrea, are itching for a break from their routines So they rent out their California home dog and cat included and embark on a yearlong trip around the world The couple isA collection of humorous and moving encounters with a sublime world and the extraordinary souls who fill it.Bestselling author Mike McIntyre The Kindness of Strangers and his longtime girlfriend, Andrea, are itching for a break from their routines So they rent out their California home dog and cat included and embark on a yearlong trip around the world The couple is swept up in the adventure of a lifetime traversing the Sahara on camels, trekking in the Himalayas, scrambling over Cambodian temples, crossing the Andes, scaling a New Zealand glacier.The book traces the odyssey in forty eight colorful dispatches from six continents Whether barreling across India with a former tank driver at the wheel, getting clipped by Vietnam s oldest barber, touring a notorious Bolivian prison with inmates as guides, or braving a cyclone in Fiji on a rubber raft, McIntyre taps his signature wit to convey the joys, perils, and frustrations of prolonged travel He also writes eloquently of such touching moments as flying kites with a boy in Indonesia and sleeping under the stars in Morocco.Funny, heartwarming, and full of expert tips, The Wander Year will inspire and entertain veteran and armchair travelers alike A superb writer Los Angeles Times A reader s dream San Diego Union Tribune

    One thought on “The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World”

    1. I wish I had the guts (and a partner to follow my whims) to temporarily pack up my life and do something like this!After finishing reading this book, it makes me realize that this is the kind of book I would love to write myself. It is full of the readers individual personality, what their interests are, their day-to-day life etc. AT times he reminded me of a middle-aged, male Carrie Bradshaw (that is if she wrote about travel instead of shoes!)While I love reading travel books to get inspiratio [...]

    2. I read this one as a fluke, having picked it up from , but I really enjoyed it a lot. Because it wasn't written as a cohesive book, but as a series of assembled articles, I did find a few duplications of scenes or events - especially toward the end of the book- but not enough to be annoying or make me feel as though I was reading the same story over and over. As an armchair traveler, I was delighted to read about this trip. I know there are places they go here I would never have the nerve to man [...]

    3. I preferred McIntyre's earlier book The Kindness of Strangers to this one. Each chapter of The Wander Year was written as a newspaper column, and I think it suffers from the constraints of its original format. It often feels as if McIntyre just skims the surface of each country, and every chapter is neatly wrapped up with a one-line witticism. I wish he had fleshed the book out considerably more than he claims to have done. Considering the length of the journey, I'm sure there was a lot more to [...]

    4. 3.5 starsAt first I absolutely LOVED this book. It's witty, it's well written, and the story is great--a 40-something couple spends a year traveling.But this book isn't really a book at all--instead it's a collection of newspaper articles the author wrote during his travels, which results in some of the aspects that irritated me. Some details are repeated, since you can't count on people to read every column in a newspaper, but it's a bit annoying in a book. What ended up lessening this book for [...]

    5. The book is actually a collection of newspaper columns. In 2000, the author and his girlfriend colllected $40,000, quit their jobs, and traveled the world for an entire year.The stories are charming, although it can be hard to remember when travel was so easy. It was pre 9/11 and security concerns were not so high. It was the cusp of the digital revolution, so the author hard to hunt down Internet cafes instead of typing his columns on a mobile device as I am now.The world was different but much [...]

    6. This book is a collection of articles published in the LA Times. Despite the incredible adventure this couple embarked upon, this book didn’t draw me in. I’m not sure why. Possibly because each chapter was so brief. I also didn’t get a feel for this couple’s relationship while they were spending every minute together. I just think there wasn’t enough detail to make the book compelling. As the writer described taking pictures during their trip, I wondered why there were no photos in the [...]

    7. Mike McIntyre has compiled his newspaper columns submitted while traveling the world with his partner. And oh what fun they are to read! These small vignettes are perfect to read at night - read a couple and put it down again. In those couple passages you may read about the hundred modes of transport found in Asia, the spectacular scenery of Chile, the disgusting hotel rooms of India, the carpet swindlers of Morocco and more. Wonderfully told stories that almost make me want to throw on that bac [...]

    8. A fun book about a year's worth of global travel. Not exactly a memoir or a how-to-do-it-yourself book, but it made my feet itchy.

    9. A collection of short dispatches, each about 3 pages long, which formed part of a regular travel series for the Los Angeles Times during 2000 detailing the author and his girlfriend’s year long trip around the globe. The stories are written chronologically as they visit 20 countries as varied as Scotland, Nepal, New Zealand, Morocco, Bolivia and Cambodia. There is little by way of detail of each country they visit and major sights such as the Taj Mahal regularly receive only one paragraph. The [...]

    10. I really liked his book. It’s a nice memoir of an amazing travel journey that made me dream! Thank you.

    11. Mike McIntyre has captured my infatuation for travel in his remarkable “The Wander Year.” My wife Carol and I did a mini version of his year-long trip around the world: I merely wrote about ours while he absolutely turned his effort into a glorious song.McIntyre and his adventurous girlfriend, Andrea, give up a routine lifestyle and spend a year schlepping around the world with backpacks and overloaded suitcases. There was no great purpose other than to take a break from their usual routines [...]

    12. Anyone who has the travel bug dreams of having the time, money and skill to plan and navigate a whole year off of your daily routine - or even longer. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice, then loaned it to my daughter who is currently on her "wander year". Then I purchased McIntyre's earlier book "The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America". I would definitely never travel penniless across America, but perhaps I will still get a chance for a wander year, or even part of a y [...]

    13. It wasn't until I was a little bit into this story that I realized it was written by the same author as the book "Penniless across America" which I had read not too long ago. McIntyre is a journalist by trade and both books - though well written and with moments of humor and great description - do read like newspaper columns or posts. That is not a bad thing. It worked particularly well with this book as each chapter told of a different country and experience as he and his girlfriend traveled ar [...]

    14. This is so far the worst travel book I have ever read. Not only is so poorly written, but I was amazed at how bad was constructed and how inexperienced, naive and prejudiced these two people were. They completely miss the point of a year of wonder and related only their troubles dealing with hotels and transportation. It infuriated me reading these two spoiled Americans, criticizing and being very insensitive to the struggles of other places and countries. If you are going to travel the world, t [...]

    15. McIntyre writes in a lovely manner. He and his girlfriend (now his wife) planned to take off a year (2000) and visit exotic places neither had even been before (but for a couple of exceptions)budgeting for $75 per day, minus the airfare. Both were in their 40s. It was fascinating to read how they planned: choosing destinations based on the weather and making their way around the globe with minimal backtracking, renting out their house, getting care for their pets, buying backpacks, choosing what [...]

    16. If you have ever been on backpack do-it-yourself travels or would like to try one, then you might enjoy this book. I did, because I could perfectly understand issues with which he and his longtime girlfriend had to deal with. Of course, some things I wouldn't do the same, nor would be able to afford, but that was not the point of reading this travelogue (nor any other), to make such comparisons and critiques. The point was to admire the (mis)adventures one fellow traveller had, and to hear (and [...]

    17. I enjoyed this book - Mike McIntyre's relaxed writing style made for a quick, entertaining read. His anecdotes of his travels are served with a good dose of deadpan humour which had me laughing out loud at times. As other reviewers have noted, this is not a factual travel book. You won't learn any history or detailed descriptions of the geography of the countries he visited. Rather it is an honest, straight-from-the-heart account of an American's observations of the quirks of different cultures [...]

    18. One of the most enjoyable travel books I have read. Wonderful style of writing conbined with honest portrayals of the countries visited and experiences in a year abroad. Makes me want to travel. I especially liked the last chapter about returning home. I feel the same about how lucky I am to have been born in the United States and that people should be prepared to face extreme poverty in some poorer nations. To quote my sister "We focus on first world problems" rather than being content. Travels [...]

    19. Another book about places that fuel my wanderlust, but I expected a much less materialistic tone and approach from someone who travelled penniless across America. Yes, Mike does a good job putting in to words the importance of remembering the people you meet and how this is what makes your journey, but it was the casual mention of "we liked the painting in our hotel room so much we bought it" that threw me off. This was definitely an incredible trip for Mike and Andrea, but instead of inspiring [...]

    20. This is a book made up articles written for a newspaper that chronicles this guy's life as he travels the world with his girlfriend for a year. I like travel writing, but I was not a huge fan of this book. There are a few parts that I found interesting, but for the most part it was about this horrific bus ride here, this storm there, this guy who we can't trust here, etc. I wanted to hear more about the places and what makes the places unique. He does that a little bit, but for the most part it [...]

    21. A collection of the author's weekly columns for his newspaper as he and his wife go around the world with only 2 15 pound backpacks between them. Very episodic, but very enjoyable to read. The author has definitely gotten braver since his book about traveling across American "The kindness of strangers". Consequently, the stories are not as self obsessed, though we do learn that he is not the most patient of travelers. but he and his wife make it almost home without having a single argument, and [...]

    22. A lovely engaging read! I love to travel, and because of that this book was perfect for me. I sat on my couch and practically drooled over the adventures Mike and Andrea got to experience. The idea of packing a bag and taking off for a year sounds so very intriguiging to meif only I could convince my husband. :) The Wander Year has also made want to read Mike McIntyre's previous book The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America. Over all a really lovely story, and a great escape from the [...]

    23. This was a great read for those that love travel. The world never seemed so small and so fun, scary, beautiful, sad, happy, bad, blissful as it was described here. Each place along the way on this year long journey was its own story, separately interesting, but when put tighter it was just nothing if not amazing.You felt like you were there in Nepal, or riding out a typhoon in the Pacific. The description of the locals and the surrounding area put you there and made you long to go to see for you [...]

    24. I really enjoyed this book and the author's voice and humor. I think its one downfall is the format - written originally as a series of newspaper articles, I often felt short changed in sharing in their experiences. I suppose I could spend $200 and get the entire, complete set of articles. But I think I'll just live with the much cheaper book.It was a good look into cultures and countries I would like to visit, and it confirmed for me that I would never survive a trip to India, as much as I want [...]

    25. Longing to go.Longing to go.A beautiful book. Beautiful account, beautiful imagery, beautiful writing. If I were young and wealthy I would take off with this book as my travel guide (and skip India, sorry). Personally, I wish the book had been even longer, more detailed. I was enthralled.I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in travel or just curious about the rest of the world.

    26. If you're having a wanderlust attack during a part of your life where you have to go to work every day, this is a great stop-gap measure until you can spring for a few plane tickets to stop the never-ending day dreaming. I think what's nice is that it's refreshing and he does a lot of different types of stuff with his then-girlfriend- he doesn't just hike or just do museums, etc, and he is honest about the downs of traveling too. Great read!

    27. This is a short book filled with essays on the author's year spent traveling all over the world. It's a quick, easy, often humorous read that will make you want to get up and travel, but it's nothing earth shattering. I wish McIntyre had gone into more detail about his experiences, his emotions, more detail about the places he visited, etc. I read this for free on Prime, so for a free book it's definitely worth it. =)

    28. I was looking for a good story. It seemed like an interesting premise and I was pretty excited to begin reading this book. It was a bit disappointing, though, as they didn't spend much time on stories about the people they met. There was some of that, but most of it seemed to be about making travel plans with a commentary on the price of hotels, food, etc. I half halfheartedly finished the book. Wasn't my favorite travel/adventure story.

    29. This was a Kindle Recommends book and it was so good!!! I love reading about other people's travels and this book was no exception. Mike and his girlfriend Andrea quit their jobs and travel around the world for a year. The book is written as a compilation of articles that he wrote for the Times and gives lots of tips, tricks, and what not to do. It was extremely entertaining and I now want to read his other book about how he traveled across America penniless.

    30. Overall I enjoyed the book, it was an easy read, and each chapter could be read as a stand alone piece, if the reader had a particular interest in a specific destination. This not a negative comment, but I had the feeling that each chapter could have been sent to magazines as a stand alone article. I think it is a book that would interest those who have not travelled a great deal, rather than a person who has travelled.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *