Book Review: Turning Left Around the World
The recently released book, Turning Left Around the World, written by David C. Moore, is part memoir, part travel guide, and 100% an entertaining read.
David, a recent advertising and marketing retiree, along with his wife Helene, embark on a ten-month long adventure around the world that begins in South America and turns left around the world to conclude the once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Japan. This book is perfect for readers who also turn left in life and desire to experience more creature comforts and higher-end accommodations when traveling.
I was sent a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own and unaffected by the complimentary book. Post contains affiliate links.
The story begins as David and Helene hire a travel agency to help tailor an itinerary that includes plenty of adventure, culture, time in the deserts, rainforests and jungle, as well as opportunities to discover foods and wines of each county they visit.
David’s writing style is conversational, witty, fun and very easy to read. He is an entertaining host on this epic journey. As he and Helene travel through fifteen countries, David tells the tale of their adventures in an intriguing, funny and occasionally tragic way.
The book is written sequentially, covering 306 days on the road in 30 separate chapters. Each chapter is filled with bucket list worthy adventure and David introduces readers to all of the fabulous guides that help along the way. After reading this book, I’ve now decided that whenever I travel, I want a guide to hold my spot in the queue everywhere I go!
Over 100 color photographs from most of the destinations help readers get the sense of tagging along and enjoying the sights right along with them. I especially enjoyed the lighthearted banter between David and Helene which added a warm human touch to the physical aspects of the trip.
The chapter dedicated to Machu Picchu, was near and dear to my heart as Peru is a bucket list hiking destination for myself. Reading David’s spin of the history of the area added to my desire to travel there.
With so many destinations on their itinerary, readers can experience unique and fascinating destinations that may be out of reach for their own travel plans. David thoroughly brought me in as a reader and I felt like I was a stowaway who managed to get away with hiding among their limited luggage and traveled with them for free.
Each chapter could stand on its own as a snippet of a fascinating travel log. Put together, readers can enjoy parts of the world they have only read about on the Internet or in travel magazines.
I highly recommend Turning Left Around the World. In every chapter, readers will surely experience plenty of their own Magic Kingdom moments and may just decide that turning left is the right way to travel through life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David’s career was a game of two halves. He owned a London advertising and marketing agency for 15 years before negotiating a trade sale and becoming a consultant Marketing Director for some iconic international brands.
He retired when his wife Helene convinced him they should finally embark on their long-promised adventure around the world – ten months to discover the history, landscape, wildlife and people in fifteen diverse countries across South America, Australia, the Polynesian Triangle, South East Asia, China and Japan.
Turning Left Around the World is David’s first book, it is an entertaining and intriguing account of their travels with some surprising experiences, hilarious situations and occasionally sad encounters. Contact David to ask how they planned their trip, how they packed for an adventure in some extreme climates and whether they are still talking to each other after ten months away together!
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