Synopses & Reviews
A year off from work. A meandering, serendipitous journey around the globe with the people you love most. No mortgage, no car payments, no pressure. Though it sounds like an impossible dream for most people, one day David Cohen and his family decide to make it a reality. With his wife and three children, Cohen sets off on a rollicking journey, full of laugh-out-loud mishaps, heart-pounding adventures, and unforeseen epiphanies. Readers join the Cohen family and trek up a Costa Rican volcano, roam the Burgundy canals by houseboat, traverse the vast Australian desert, and discover Istanbul by night. Through it all, the family gets the rare opportunity to get to know each other without the mundane distractions of television and video games, discovering the world through new eyes and gaining fresh perspective on life and priorities.
"Although this year-long vacation included some harrowing moments, such as when daughter Kara nearly drowned off the coast of Queensland, the author considers the rewards of this unconventional trip for himself and his family well worth any risks or inconveniences they encountered." Publishers Weekly
"Cohen proves to be a very capable writer, filling his narrative with interesting and amusing accounts....[The book] offers a great deal of practical information for anyone contemplating an extended trip with children." Christian Science Monitor
"Anecdotes and advice aplenty for families bent on adventure travel." Kirkus Reviews
A year in the life of a family who unloaded the real world and took off for Costa Rica, Australia and Europe. An inspiring story of one family's journey of a lifetime.
About the Author
A graduate of Yale College, David Elliot Cohen has edited or co-edited three New York Times best-sellers including A Day in the Life of America. He has appeared on numerous national programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Morning Edition, and 20/20 and has won awards from organizations as diverse as the American Society of Media Photographers, the Catholic Press Association, the government of Spain, and the National Jewish Book Awards. Cohen lives in Marin County, California, with his wife, Devyani Kamdar, and their three children, Kara, Willie, and Lucas. Since taking One Year Off, he has accomplished less and enjoyed life more.