Lynne Martin’s new memoir, Home Sweet Anywhere, offers a roadmap plus a hefty dose of inspiration for the late life traveler. Leave a comment below to win a free copy of the book.
Congratulations to Sherry Stephens, the winner of the giveaway! The book is on its way to you.
It’s gutsy for college students to leave their “stuff” behind, say goodbye to friends and family, and hit the road to start a new beginning. But it’s even more rare when people have the moxie to do it in late life after they have reached 60 or 70 years of age.
The spirit and spark that led Lynne Martin to pursue this unconventional approach to retirement with her husband Tim is the basis for Martin’s captivating, soon-to-be released book, Home Sweet Anywhere, How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life and Saw The World (Sourcebooks, 2014).
“Life is too short and too sweet not to savor it the way you want,” says Lynne in the trailer for the book.
So the Martins decided to find a way to realize their dream of late life travel.
After they did the math, the couple figured out it wouldn’t cost them much more than living in their home in California and seized the opportunity to lay the necessary groundwork to live like locals in various cities, staying two or three months in each. Lynne’s memoir chronicles the couple’s experiences, and offers how-to advice and encouragement for any boomer or late-life traveler who is thinking of spending time abroad or who simply may want to rethink the status quo.
To celebrate the publication of Home Sweet Anywhere on April 15th, 2014, the publisher has graciously agreed to give away a free copy of the book to one randomly chosen reader of MoreTimeToTravel.com. (Limited to U.S. or Canadian mailing addresses only).
To be eligible for the drawing, simply leave a comment below (in the comment section of this post) with the name of the city where you might like to start your own trip if you had the opportunity to live like a local.
All entries must be submitted by April 29, 2014; the winner will be announced here.
An excerpt from the Martins experience in France as described in Home Sweet Anywhere:
I’d wanted to walk the hallowed halls of Le Cordon Bleu since a friend gave me the original Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1965. After nearly half a century, it was finally happening. The school was located in our neighborhood. My sweet husband, recognizing its importance to me, helped me find it the day before just to be sure I had the right place and wouldn’t be a second late for my big moment.
I set the alarm, even though it wasn’t necessary. I was like a six-year-old at Christmas and I could hardly wait to bound out of bed and race down the street.
Soon, I sat in the small stadium theatre with a big mirror over the work counter, so those of us watching wouldn’t miss a thing. Assistants scurried to ready the mise en place for the chef, who entered to enthusiastic applause. He was informative and entertaining, particularly when he mimed a duck being force-fed to enlarge its liver. He shook his head in disbelief that California has outlawed such practices, thus depriving Californians from enjoying real paté! No comment from this Californian who lives with a paté addict.
Chef prepared an entire meal from appetizer to dessert; after each production, we were treated to tastes. It felt like receiving communion in a culinary cathedral. Of course, I stopped at the tiny school store to purchase the best (and most expensive) apron I’ve ever owned. It wraps all the way around and has lots of pockets and a slot for my instant-read thermometer. I feel terribly grand and professional wearing it. My waiter’s wine opener, which travels wherever I go, sports the Cordon Bleu label and gives me a little charge every time I use it. I’m charged up several times a week – every time I open a bottle of wine! I floated home on a cloud of wellbeing.
I had communed with the spirit of my favorite chef, learned some new world-class cooking techniques, and when I got to the apartment, my sweet indulgent mate was appropriately impressed with my tales. My brand-new apron got a workout that very night.
Trailer from Home Sweet Anywhere:
Where would you like to live as a local?