Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Review: Pins on a Map, by David Boesch

I’ve always loved to travel. Before the age of 18, I’d been to Canada, Japan, England and France. But then I went to college, got married and started having kids, and somehow my travel experiences ground to a screeching halt! Trips to see the grandparents and Disney World are all we’ve been able to manage with children. So, I was in awe when I heard that David Boesch and his wife Jill decided to take their three kids -- ages 7, 10 and 13 -- on a trip around the world in a year! Six continents, 17 countries and 345 days… what guts!

Boesch vividly and humorously describes his family’s adventures in his book, Pins on a Map: A Family's Yearlong Journey Around the World. Not surprisingly, their travels involved a mix of good and bad experiences. Daughter Cami even broke her leg in Japan! But despite the mishaps, miscalculations, and monkey attacks, the family found a new appreciation of the world we live in -- and each other. Boesch is unfailingly honest in his depiction of the people they met and the places they visited. Countries they expected to love were sometimes disappointing, while preconceived negative opinions about certain places were often disproved.

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking your family on a trip around the world (or just want to do so vicariously), you must read Pins on a Map. This entertaining and interesting book is well worth the read.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the links in this post.


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