This first book by Graeme Bell is an important one for those readers who have yet to step off into the great unknown. Maybe we've dabbled, maybe we have some dreams and plans, but at some point you'll sit down and have a chat with yourself or your family and you'll say, well it's about time to try. That moment may just be a little closer after this read.
This is the story of a family who despite ultimately achieving the things we're all told to acquire, namely the right house in the right zip code, the good jobs, the requisite amount of comfort, there is a moment of reckoning where it's time to, well, be free of it all. There are fears to deal with as there always will be. Some will be warranted, and some will eventually prove to all be in your head. The lesson here is that deep down, you just have to believe you're ready to handle it. Not now of course, possibly not when you leave, not even perhaps on the morning of whatever calamity you were scared of ages ago when you left home across an ocean. But you've got this.
A wonderful bonus to this South American adventure is that they started their normal lives in South Africa, so we also get their appetizer travel throughout southern Africa first. That means if you've yet to visit either, you not only get a taste of Africa, but you also get to experience the wonder and education that resulted from breaking free and circumnavigating South America by Land Rover as a family of four.
A cracking read about a likeable bunch having a good go of it. It's sure to have you feeling that someday might just be you, and that maybe that day doesn't have to be so very far away. Find your copy and more here.