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Feb 9 / Amy

Travel Reading: Honeymoon with my Brother

Last year, I joined a book club that one of my sorority sisters put together to meet other women in the area with similar interests.  Each month we take turns selecting the next book based on who is hosting the next event.  This month was my turn, and to no surprise to anyone, I picked a travel related book (my last book was Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

This month, we’re reading Honeymoon with my Brother, by Franz Wisner.  It’s a story about a guy whose fiancée leaves him only days before their wedding and what he decides to do next.  His brother, Kurt, comes to the rescue and suggests that they go on his honeymoon anyway, after quite the party at the location where the wedding was to be held.  During this trip, they decide (and I’m loosely describing what happens) to quit their jobs, sell their homes, and travel the world – 53 countries in 2 years!

The experiences they describe make me envious of their adventure and what they learned about the world out there, as well as themselves.

At one point last year, Josh came home and said, “Let’s quit our jobs and move to another country for a year.”  Needless to say, I was stunned. I’d always dreamed of doing something like that, but have always been told that wouldn’t be a “responsible” decision.  Sometimes I get tired of being responsible, but unfortunately I’m pretty realistic and realize making a plunge like that with student loans, car notes, pets, and a great job isn’t easy.  I did pull out Excel and started budgeting costs, and unfortunately the responsible side in me won – for now.

I can’t help but have a little travel envy in reading all the travel blogs that I do, but I figure this is their time, and we will have ours, we just have to save and sacrifice, but really we need to decide it’s something we want to do – instead of an out from a job we don’t like [not saying this was the case for Josh – I swear!] or when we want something new to challenge us.

For now, we’ll travel using our vacation days, and I’ll lust over the exotic locations people post about, adding them to the list that seems to get longer by the weeks that pass.  But one day, I will quit my job and travel the world, it’d just be nice if I could find a gig that would let me travel the world with Josh, while making money at the same time. 😉

If you’ve read Honeymoon with my Brother, I’d love to hear your thoughts!  And if you haven’t read it – I highly recommend it!

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  1. Ali / Feb 9 2011

    Sounds like a good book, I’ll have to add that to my list. I love that your husband suggested quitting your jobs to travel! I think the trick is to s decide you’re going to do it, pay off those bills as quickly as possible & start saving like mad. Look into those work/travel visas for Australia & New Zealand. Find a way to make it happen!

    • Amy / Feb 14 2011

      It *is* a good book, definitely check it out! After reading my tweet/blog post, the author is going to call into our book club meeting next Monday – how cool is that?!

      As for paying off bills quickly, it’s near impossible with the student loans we racked up, but I’m hoping to knock those out by age 30-31, cutting just shy of being able to do the WHV in Australia. Sad.

      Unfortunately I think Josh was only slightly serious, and I kid you not I said, “Don’t eff with me, because I think that’s a fantastic idea.” The conversation came up once or twice more, but it’s died down.

  2. Rebecca / Feb 10 2011

    I am pretty sure that I read this book, but it was years ago!! This post makes me want to pick it up again. I love rereading books that I forgot I read years ago and wonder why they sound so familiar.

    Don’t wait too long to drop everything and travel the world! The older you get, the harder it is, unless you strike it rich (totally possible, you never know!)

    • Amy / Feb 14 2011

      If you did read it, it’s worth a re-read.

      While I would love more than anything to pick up and travel the world, I’m not sure how feasible it is. I have to get buy-in from my wonderful husband first. 😉 I’m hoping after going to Australia in December he’ll catch the travel fever and will want to explore more. *fingers crossed*

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