As summer dwindles and the sun-intense days are replaced with crisp autumn nights, I frantically start stockpiling books to last me through my months of hibernation—especially now that I’ve moved away from Denver, where life just begins to churn out adventures when the first snow hits the ground. I’ve packed up my ski boots and traded them in for the prez's hometown, a gig as the editor of this fine blog, and a fancy new bookshelf, the kind that doubles as wall art. And as a way to keep the travel bug from biting between now and my next dream vacay, I read. I read guidebooks with lists of the best places to swing a hammock, quirky travel memoirs with first-person accounts on what it's really like to sleep on a hut-housed bed mat, books about the places I have to see before I die, and "find yourself" narratives, you know, like the little book that could, Eat, Pray, Love. (The folks at Outside Magazine seem to agree, check out #28 on their 2010 Life List.) And with a page torn out from Oprah's Book of Truths, I'm starting a Travel Book Club. Each month I'll choose a book, travel-related of course, and share with you.
First up is the sleeper hit The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World, outlining the itineraries of a trio who quit their jobs, their leases, and their boyfriends in the good ole Big Apple to travel the world for a year. What started out as a blog to keep the family back at home informed of their $30/day adventures turned into a Harper Collins mega-selling travel memoir. Join me and our three friends, Jennifer, Holly, and Amanda, as they trek the globe, searching, running, and seeking for answers to some of lives most perplexing questions. The book has collected quite a few accolades, including a stellar review in USA Today.
OR... WIN A FREE COPY!
*The Lost Girls themselves have sent me two copies to give away to two of the most unique book club participants. Leave a comment to this post with your dream lost girls (or boys) itinerary. If you could take a year off from your life, where would you go and what would you do—tell me in 200 words or less. Authors Jennifer, Holly, and Amanda will choose their favorite two dreamers to receive books in time to begin reading with the Away Book Club.
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