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When you arrive at foreign shores by sailboat, it’s not such a small world after all. Come along with Glen and Julie as they sail around the world and discover that reality is even bigger than the Escape they imagined. This breathtakingly personal true story will thrill those wanting to sail off into the sunset or enjoy the wonders of the world from the comfort of When you arrive at foreign shores by sailboat, it’s not such a small world after all. Come along with Glen and Julie as they sail around the world and discover that reality is even bigger than the Escape they imagined. This breathtakingly personal true story will thrill those wanting to sail off into the sunset or enjoy the wonders of the world from the comfort of home. Escape from the Ordinary reminds you of the unlimited possibilities in life and nudges the reader into thoughts of their own dreams.  Not a technical book about sailing or storm tactics but vividly described, full-tilt adventures on foreign shores.   WHAT READERS ARE SAYING “Secretly, we wish we had it in us, but life, fear, jobs, money or whatever creates roadblocks. What courage they must have had to follow this dream! So many places, so many adventures, and lessons learned. All along, because of Julie's descriptions, you are thinking, "How would I have handled that?" "What would I have done?" I love that it's written from a woman's point of view; and from someone who had little sailing experience. I recommend it highly!” “Couldn’t put it down,” described one reader, “as Escape from the Ordinary took me beyond the glimpses of liveaboard life told in sailing and travel magazines.  I felt like I was onboard as they fought storms in the north Atlantic their first week at sea, navigated the Panama Canal dwarfed by oil tankers, and snorkeled in crystal clear Polynesian waters.” “Told with keen observations and sparkling with wry humor, Julie Bradley describes the terrors and pleasures of living an independent life where simple decisions have big consequences; where the mundane is seconds away from a life-threatening scare; and where seafaring obstacles can pale next to facing personal challenges.  If you have an ounce of adventure in your soul, read this book.”   “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things...This is not a trip to Cabo for a two-week vacation.  This is true life …, on the edge real adventure.  I loved it…” Amazon Reviewer GREAT PEOPLE, PLACES AND PROSE You will want an atlas by your side as you travel from one epic adventure to the next with Glen and Julie on board their floating home; an Amel sailboat.  Immerse yourself deeply into islands and cultures and come along as they dodge voodoo curses in the Bahamas, claw their way out of an underwater cavern in the South Pacific, and experience adventures of a lifetime in places such as:* Bequia * Caribbean * Trinidad * Venezuela * Colombia * San Blas islands * Peru * Galapagos Islands * Marquesas Islands * Tuamotu Islands * Tahiti * Palmerston Island * Niue * Tonga * New Zealand * Fiji


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When you arrive at foreign shores by sailboat, it’s not such a small world after all. Come along with Glen and Julie as they sail around the world and discover that reality is even bigger than the Escape they imagined. This breathtakingly personal true story will thrill those wanting to sail off into the sunset or enjoy the wonders of the world from the comfort of When you arrive at foreign shores by sailboat, it’s not such a small world after all. Come along with Glen and Julie as they sail around the world and discover that reality is even bigger than the Escape they imagined. This breathtakingly personal true story will thrill those wanting to sail off into the sunset or enjoy the wonders of the world from the comfort of home. Escape from the Ordinary reminds you of the unlimited possibilities in life and nudges the reader into thoughts of their own dreams.  Not a technical book about sailing or storm tactics but vividly described, full-tilt adventures on foreign shores.   WHAT READERS ARE SAYING “Secretly, we wish we had it in us, but life, fear, jobs, money or whatever creates roadblocks. What courage they must have had to follow this dream! So many places, so many adventures, and lessons learned. All along, because of Julie's descriptions, you are thinking, "How would I have handled that?" "What would I have done?" I love that it's written from a woman's point of view; and from someone who had little sailing experience. I recommend it highly!” “Couldn’t put it down,” described one reader, “as Escape from the Ordinary took me beyond the glimpses of liveaboard life told in sailing and travel magazines.  I felt like I was onboard as they fought storms in the north Atlantic their first week at sea, navigated the Panama Canal dwarfed by oil tankers, and snorkeled in crystal clear Polynesian waters.” “Told with keen observations and sparkling with wry humor, Julie Bradley describes the terrors and pleasures of living an independent life where simple decisions have big consequences; where the mundane is seconds away from a life-threatening scare; and where seafaring obstacles can pale next to facing personal challenges.  If you have an ounce of adventure in your soul, read this book.”   “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things...This is not a trip to Cabo for a two-week vacation.  This is true life …, on the edge real adventure.  I loved it…” Amazon Reviewer GREAT PEOPLE, PLACES AND PROSE You will want an atlas by your side as you travel from one epic adventure to the next with Glen and Julie on board their floating home; an Amel sailboat.  Immerse yourself deeply into islands and cultures and come along as they dodge voodoo curses in the Bahamas, claw their way out of an underwater cavern in the South Pacific, and experience adventures of a lifetime in places such as:* Bequia * Caribbean * Trinidad * Venezuela * Colombia * San Blas islands * Peru * Galapagos Islands * Marquesas Islands * Tuamotu Islands * Tahiti * Palmerston Island * Niue * Tonga * New Zealand * Fiji

30 review for Escape from the Ordinary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie L. Allen

    Was a real page turner for adventure seekers or arm chair travelers! I like Julie's writing style. Her truly honest portrayal of her feelings and thoughts make it real! I have read many sailing adventure stories but I like this one the best so far and can't wait to read the sequel. Was a real page turner for adventure seekers or arm chair travelers! I like Julie's writing style. Her truly honest portrayal of her feelings and thoughts make it real! I have read many sailing adventure stories but I like this one the best so far and can't wait to read the sequel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah L. Foltz

    Loved this book I have googled every location that the Bradley’s visited. It was cool to have a visual while reading their adventures. What a brave way to check off your bucket list. Travel the world by sail boat. Fantastic book, highly recommended you read it. Learn a little geography & history along the way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I'd actually give it 3.25-3.5 stars if I could. It was an interesting book & the author writes well. She's also charmingly frank & she went up in my estimation by admitting her mistakes. (Although side note: Her husband free diving alone isn't a good idea. I'm a scuba diver & I have lots of freediver folks in my life...shallow water blackout is a big concern.) However, her glimpses of detail made me want more of them & I docked her a star going from 4 stars to 3 because of that. Maybe someone who I'd actually give it 3.25-3.5 stars if I could. It was an interesting book & the author writes well. She's also charmingly frank & she went up in my estimation by admitting her mistakes. (Although side note: Her husband free diving alone isn't a good idea. I'm a scuba diver & I have lots of freediver folks in my life...shallow water blackout is a big concern.) However, her glimpses of detail made me want more of them & I docked her a star going from 4 stars to 3 because of that. Maybe someone who hasn't traveled to some of these exotic places would be happy with the high-level sketches she included, but I wanted to see more details, descriptions, & feeling. For example: She talks about swimming with mantas & being afraid of them before noting they are gentle. But I didn't feel like I was with her swimming in the ocean with the mantas (& I've been diving with mantas so I should have easily felt that swim). She also talks about spending time cooking on the boat & occasionally notes something specific, but again I didn't get the full picture. I know random things like she made a pressure-cooked coconut cake once, got a barrel of olives, often went fishing off the boat while sailing, & that they run out of fresh stuff early on after provisioning. But I'm not clear what they normally ate, how she usually cooked, what was involved, etc. Did she usually use her pressure cooker or the stove? (I didn't even know she had a pressure cooker till she mentioned the pressure-cooked cake.) What did they usually eat? Was it always fish? Did she often make things like dried beans, spaghetti, or canned veggies? She talks about catching fish, but some of those fish she mentioned can be huge. How did they deal with all that fish at once? Did she have a freezer? I have no picture in my mind of how all of this worked & it's things like that which add to the story. As another example, there's a couple of paragraphs about being sick of canned fruits & veggies, & loving the fresh stuff on Martinique...but it's a very dry couple of sentences. If she had detailed having to eat canned green beans, canned peaches, canned tomatoes, canned corn, etc. For every single meal & made me feel how boring all of that is for days & weeks on end, then I would have felt her joy at fresh produce. This book is likely geared for someone who hasn't travelled that much. If you fall into this category & want an "escape from the ordinary", I think you'll love this book. If you do a lot of travel, then like me, you may find yourself wanting more. Side note: The cover photo is pretty, but the author should hire a designer so it doesn't look like a self published book. For just twenty-five-100 dollars, anyone can get a professional yet inexpensive cover via a site like Fiverr.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Campbell Ackroyd

    What a great book! Julie Bradley writes honestly and beautifully about her and her husband Glen’s two year adventure sailing from France to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and thence to Polynesia, New Zealand, ending with Fiji and the experience of hearing about 9/11 whilst in Fiji. She has written a sequel which I will definitely be buying. I enjoyed her descriptions of the islands they visited, no sugar coating but honest reflection of what they found fascinating and what they found terr What a great book! Julie Bradley writes honestly and beautifully about her and her husband Glen’s two year adventure sailing from France to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and thence to Polynesia, New Zealand, ending with Fiji and the experience of hearing about 9/11 whilst in Fiji. She has written a sequel which I will definitely be buying. I enjoyed her descriptions of the islands they visited, no sugar coating but honest reflection of what they found fascinating and what they found terrifying. The book inspired me to look up some of the lesser known islands and yes indeed they were beautiful! Still, I wouldn’t want to go on an adventure like that but I surely enjoyed reading about it!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    What a good book. In a review of one of Hal Roth’s sailing excursions, someone recommended Julie Bradley’s books and I am glad I followed up. I am just beginning the sequel to Escape From the Ordinary and it proves to be every bit as fascinating. For those of us who believe to be land-locked, living vicariously through Julie Bradley’s adventures, make insomnia a welcome treat.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kwiatkowski

    Escape from Reality I enjoyed reading Julie's book. She has a good sense of writing that helps the reader visualize the people and places she and Glen encountered on their journey. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of their story. Escape from Reality I enjoyed reading Julie's book. She has a good sense of writing that helps the reader visualize the people and places she and Glen encountered on their journey. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of their story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phillip E Maynard

    Very descriptive and super enjoyable I really enjoyed this book. The awesome adventures come to life through some talented descriptive wrigting. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever thought of not only sailing around the world, but traveling in general. Loved it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Taylor

    Amazing real life adventure story I have read a number of circumnavigation stories these past two years but this was my favorite so far. A great read that kept me up at nights, determined to get just one more chapter before sleep.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joelene Swearingen

    I really enjoyed this travel adventure. The author did a great job combining her personal recollections, some history and culture of the areas visited and using the timeline so it was not strictly chronological but linked to events. She kept me interested and cheering for her the entire time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Clenney

    Great book I truly enjoyed this book. I felt like I was on this fabulous adventure with them. I highly recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jody Moore

    I enjoyed this book immensely - felt I was there with them sailing around the world. I plan to read it again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Starting this book...the author retired at 40. While I wish I were mature enough to read and respect their life position without judgment and jealousy. I am not. I decided to move past that and it wasn't mentioned much in the rest of the book so it was easy to forget. I can't tell if the book was written for boating people or for non-boating people. You'd think she'd write it for boating people since they'd be the most likely to read it. What makes me think she didn't is that she didn't describe Starting this book...the author retired at 40. While I wish I were mature enough to read and respect their life position without judgment and jealousy. I am not. I decided to move past that and it wasn't mentioned much in the rest of the book so it was easy to forget. I can't tell if the book was written for boating people or for non-boating people. You'd think she'd write it for boating people since they'd be the most likely to read it. What makes me think she didn't is that she didn't describe her boat AT ALL. It's an Amel called Super Maramu. She didn't tell me the length, how many cabins, how many heads, NOTHING. I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BOAT. I also wanted to know what year it was. The boating technology advancements with the internet are so immense. It's different reading a book when you know what sort of equipment they're using for navigation and weather. I understood that they didn't have advanced apps when they spoke about getting weather faxes, but I still wanted to know exact years. At the end of the book she spoke about 9/11 so that finally gave me an idea of when this occurred. I enjoyed the writing style of the book. It was incredibly detailed but you got a sense of their adventure. There was a lot to go through so even though they may have spent a few months in an area, there might have only been a blurb about it. I'm fine with that style. I don't need intense detail. I just want to know what you did so this book worked pretty well for me. I have read a few books and watched a few youtube series about sailing. I love how the places they visit intertwine and I just learn more about everyone's different experiences. One of my youtube series family's, Zatara, just spent quarantine during COVID at Musket Cove in Fiji. Musket Cove is the last marina that Julie and Glen are in in this book when all the cruisers gather to mourn 9/11. I love sailing books and stories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael Mendes

    As a lifelong sailor, this missed some of the sailing details I enjoy. I understand she was focused on the travels and not the sailing minutiae, which can be irrelevant to non-sailors, so fair enough. But at least a mention of the Amel model and some basic description would not have put off the non-sailors? The travel logging is interesting and they visited some risky places, well described and shared. My one other confusion was regarding the time setting. "Weather fax" would imply an older sto As a lifelong sailor, this missed some of the sailing details I enjoy. I understand she was focused on the travels and not the sailing minutiae, which can be irrelevant to non-sailors, so fair enough. But at least a mention of the Amel model and some basic description would not have put off the non-sailors? The travel logging is interesting and they visited some risky places, well described and shared. My one other confusion was regarding the time setting. "Weather fax" would imply an older story, but the publication was 2018. The last chapter is about 9/11, making the time frame some time ago. And I have to agree with the other reviewer who was confused by the abrupt end. It didn't feel like a good "wrap" for where they were in the adventure. Maybe to leave us wanting more? I will read the next one to see what happens, so 3 1/2 stars is probably fairer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    At first I was amazed and a bit frustrated to think Julie and her husband Glen would set off to circumnavigate the globe on a brand new sailboat that they hadn't even boarded yet! And still needed to outfit. And provision. But as the story continued, it became quite clear that they both were experienced, knowledgeable, capable, flexible, and incredibly adventurous . . . all qualities needed in abundance for their incredible voyage. Her writing style is engaging. She doesn't just recount where the At first I was amazed and a bit frustrated to think Julie and her husband Glen would set off to circumnavigate the globe on a brand new sailboat that they hadn't even boarded yet! And still needed to outfit. And provision. But as the story continued, it became quite clear that they both were experienced, knowledgeable, capable, flexible, and incredibly adventurous . . . all qualities needed in abundance for their incredible voyage. Her writing style is engaging. She doesn't just recount where they visited and what they did, but she unpacks her own thoughts and feelings, apprehensions, fears, joys. They were aware of and concerned about the history, the people and cultures of each spot they visited. This around-the-world sailing story illuminates the immense amount of knowledge required to undertake such an adventure. And it put lots of new destinations on my bucket list!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andi Caissie

    A different kind of sailing story Most of the sailing books I’ve read have been disaster stories because I am fascinated by the fact that people voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way. This is not that kind of story. Julie and Glen are well-prepared for their adventure, not just reacting to a whim. I found it very interesting when Julie mentioned entering the Army as a WAC and then transitioning to “regular” Army. I was in the first basic training class where women received the same training as A different kind of sailing story Most of the sailing books I’ve read have been disaster stories because I am fascinated by the fact that people voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way. This is not that kind of story. Julie and Glen are well-prepared for their adventure, not just reacting to a whim. I found it very interesting when Julie mentioned entering the Army as a WAC and then transitioning to “regular” Army. I was in the first basic training class where women received the same training as men. She was also a linguist, as was I, and I wonder if our paths crossed at the Defense Language Institute. All in all an enjoyable memoir, but I would have liked to see more pictures.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gregory Lamb

    A boldly honest account of one couple's adventure while living the dream. Ms. Bradley, recently retired from a challenging and interesting military career, embarks on an adventure that many dream about but few accomplish. With her husband Glen, the couple sells everything they own before taking possession of their new sailing yacht to set off on a round the world cruise. This volume ends shortly after the events of 9/11 are presented from the perspective of the author receiving the news while cr A boldly honest account of one couple's adventure while living the dream. Ms. Bradley, recently retired from a challenging and interesting military career, embarks on an adventure that many dream about but few accomplish. With her husband Glen, the couple sells everything they own before taking possession of their new sailing yacht to set off on a round the world cruise. This volume ends shortly after the events of 9/11 are presented from the perspective of the author receiving the news while cruising the South Pacific (all indications are the author will be writing a continuation). I'm a big fan of arm chair adventuring on the high seas and enjoyed Ms. Bradley's account enough that I will look forward to reading the next volume.

  17. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn Plante

    Escape from the Ordinary is one of those books that contain so much information, personal stories, and entices the reader to just keep reading. The premise of the book is the story of a retired Army couple, who decided to buy a boat and travel around the world. This book is book one of their travels. The story is told by the wife, who offered personal reflections, comments, and very vivid descriptions of their adventures. It’s easy to read and realistic. She also adds nautical terms and their def Escape from the Ordinary is one of those books that contain so much information, personal stories, and entices the reader to just keep reading. The premise of the book is the story of a retired Army couple, who decided to buy a boat and travel around the world. This book is book one of their travels. The story is told by the wife, who offered personal reflections, comments, and very vivid descriptions of their adventures. It’s easy to read and realistic. She also adds nautical terms and their definitions, so the reader can follow what’s going on. She describes each island they visit and what makes it so different from the other islands. This is a good book to relax with. While it is suspenseful at times, it has a great storyline.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eyal

    Excellent storytelling of what it takes to sail around the world Honest and riveting reflection of what it takes to go after one’s dream of sailing around the world with all the ups and downs, costly pay for wrong decisions (we are all human) and the lifted spirit when making landfall in far away exotic places. I was drawn to the author’s tell it like it is writing style. Reading this book, I got a good sense of how much continuous planning and adjustments are needed to ensure that your floating Excellent storytelling of what it takes to sail around the world Honest and riveting reflection of what it takes to go after one’s dream of sailing around the world with all the ups and downs, costly pay for wrong decisions (we are all human) and the lifted spirit when making landfall in far away exotic places. I was drawn to the author’s tell it like it is writing style. Reading this book, I got a good sense of how much continuous planning and adjustments are needed to ensure that your floating home is safe from mother nature’s wrath and how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they dare to live their dream.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tonispicer

    I’ve read a lot of books by cruisers and at the beginning this didn’t grab me as being one of the more enjoyable but as Julie’s adventures progressed and she relaxed into her new life I think the story telling also got better, even though she wrote the book long after. I like that she described the good and the bad experiences and that she was honest about her fears and weaknesses. I also like that she addressed pink roles and blue roles and how she came to accept that the pink roles were as imp I’ve read a lot of books by cruisers and at the beginning this didn’t grab me as being one of the more enjoyable but as Julie’s adventures progressed and she relaxed into her new life I think the story telling also got better, even though she wrote the book long after. I like that she described the good and the bad experiences and that she was honest about her fears and weaknesses. I also like that she addressed pink roles and blue roles and how she came to accept that the pink roles were as important since as a future cruiser this is something I have given a lot of thought to. I was sad when I got to the last page and will be sure to read her 2nd book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Great read An excellent first book from author Julie Bradley. The book is equal parts adventure, social commentary, history lesson, the natural world, and moments of self-reflection. You definitely don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy the tales of life on and off “It’s Enough”. Julie uses some sailing and boating terminology but explains each one in landlubber terms for the uninitiated. While the descriptions of surviving bad storms may turn some people away from a sailing life the descriptions of Great read An excellent first book from author Julie Bradley. The book is equal parts adventure, social commentary, history lesson, the natural world, and moments of self-reflection. You definitely don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy the tales of life on and off “It’s Enough”. Julie uses some sailing and boating terminology but explains each one in landlubber terms for the uninitiated. While the descriptions of surviving bad storms may turn some people away from a sailing life the descriptions of the various islands and countries she and Glen visited will probably prompt a few to book a flight somewhere they’ve not heard of before. You’ll certainly have a list of places to go to and places, perhaps, to avoid. Enjoy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Greg Robinson

    Concise Julie, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Your portrayal of the Kuna Indians on the San Blas islands (where I lived for 18 months in the 1960s) was accurate and insightful. You are lucky to have escaped Venezuela with your health and property. Great story of the Inca trail and the coca leaves remedy to the altitude and hardships of the hike. I, however, was nonplussed by ending that dragged on too much on 911. It left me whirling waiting for a conclusion. I will read the sequel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Carroll

    This is the best sailing memoir I have read. Julie writes in a way that makes you feel as if you are sailing with them. I couldn't put it down and am anxiously awaiting her next book. Great information on each island they visit that would be great when planning a trip. I emailed Julie to tell her how much I enjoyed the book and received a personal email immediately which backed up the feeling I got when reading ...that they are authentic and as warm and adventurous as they seem in the book. Lots This is the best sailing memoir I have read. Julie writes in a way that makes you feel as if you are sailing with them. I couldn't put it down and am anxiously awaiting her next book. Great information on each island they visit that would be great when planning a trip. I emailed Julie to tell her how much I enjoyed the book and received a personal email immediately which backed up the feeling I got when reading ...that they are authentic and as warm and adventurous as they seem in the book. Lots of laughter along with some nail biting storm stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruma

    Maybe because we were in the midst of coronavirus shutdown, or because I love to travel, I found this book on Kindle Unlimited and was immediately hooked! Not only was the author's background an interesting prologue to the meat of book - sailing around the world in a small sailboat, but the trials and tribulations of the sailing adventures were captivating. I learned much about the islands and countries they visited during their trek and it opened my eyes to real (not tourist) cultures, people, a Maybe because we were in the midst of coronavirus shutdown, or because I love to travel, I found this book on Kindle Unlimited and was immediately hooked! Not only was the author's background an interesting prologue to the meat of book - sailing around the world in a small sailboat, but the trials and tribulations of the sailing adventures were captivating. I learned much about the islands and countries they visited during their trek and it opened my eyes to real (not tourist) cultures, people, and societies. Well written and will help you escape!

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Duckworth

    Absolutely I love people who are real, people who do things, seek challenge and aren’t afraid to tell the truth. When I first started I thought oh very nice, retire, buy a boat and sail - ideal. But the honesty, the reality and warts and all fears this book lays out is absolutely superb. To put all your hard earned savings into a beautiful new boat then almost lose it all in the first voyage and write about it is absolute honesty. And that’s just the start! Can’t wait to read the next book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    james & denise glasgow

    Loved it! Easy to read, interesting, and very well written, I think. Being an engineer myself, I could have used a few more details on how things worked, how problems were solved, and the reasons behind the decisions made and the paths chosen, maybe just some more of Glen's input. Missed Tahiti/Bora Bora. Regardless, very enjoyable. Looking forward to the sequel. Thanks for sharing, semicolons or not! ;-) Loved it! Easy to read, interesting, and very well written, I think. Being an engineer myself, I could have used a few more details on how things worked, how problems were solved, and the reasons behind the decisions made and the paths chosen, maybe just some more of Glen's input. Missed Tahiti/Bora Bora. Regardless, very enjoyable. Looking forward to the sequel. Thanks for sharing, semicolons or not! ;-)

  26. 4 out of 5

    LL

    Enjoyable book Well written , not to much minutia about boat length and other boat related things. But that is the exact reason why some sailing people may not care for it. I enjoyed its descriptions of islands, the peoples they met and the reasons why they sailed off on a different course. Also the 9\11 attack was so real it seemed it was happening again. Such a scary time for them and everyone else. Will be on tbe look out for the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aled Morgan

    Captivating If you need to escape the mundane element of life, this is a fantastic way to do it. Julie's writing is captivating and refreshing, from the typical themeof how easy and unnerved people are taking on these feats. I thoroughly enjoyed it and downloaded the sequel before I had come close to finishing this one. Only downside to the book is it turns out expensive, as ive now spent the majority of my time looking at sailing boats for sale! Captivating If you need to escape the mundane element of life, this is a fantastic way to do it. Julie's writing is captivating and refreshing, from the typical themeof how easy and unnerved people are taking on these feats. I thoroughly enjoyed it and downloaded the sequel before I had come close to finishing this one. Only downside to the book is it turns out expensive, as ive now spent the majority of my time looking at sailing boats for sale!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Norman L Plotkin

    I enjoyed this book and think most boaters and sailors would also enjoy it. And maybe any one interested in a real life adventure story would also like the book. Julie's style makes it easy to read. As a sailor, I wish she had put in more details and pictures about her and her husband's Amil sailboat. The book is mainly about the places and people they met along the way on their travels around the world. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. I enjoyed this book and think most boaters and sailors would also enjoy it. And maybe any one interested in a real life adventure story would also like the book. Julie's style makes it easy to read. As a sailor, I wish she had put in more details and pictures about her and her husband's Amil sailboat. The book is mainly about the places and people they met along the way on their travels around the world. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharples

    Originally, I thought this was going to be a book about expanding your horizons. But, it’s about two very smart, well versed in sailing, weather reading and chance taking not to mention fit people. They travel around the world in their sailboat, which they had built specifically for this trip and she records all the happenings. There’s a lot to plan for and she explains it in a very readable way. There are so many places out there as well so that’s fun to read about.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lzarrow

    My friend met this author on a trip to Africa. Her story sounded interesting so we read it for my book club. It's fantastic! She's a great writer. It was a better page turner than the "NY Times Bestseller" that I had just slogged through for weeks. Read this if you: sail, like to travel, are interested in other cultures, want to learn something new about a lot of places and things. My friend met this author on a trip to Africa. Her story sounded interesting so we read it for my book club. It's fantastic! She's a great writer. It was a better page turner than the "NY Times Bestseller" that I had just slogged through for weeks. Read this if you: sail, like to travel, are interested in other cultures, want to learn something new about a lot of places and things.

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