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Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America by Janet LoSole chronicles the travel journey of the author through Central America with her husband, Lloyd, and their two young daughters, Jocelyn and Natalie. The nineteen months of traveling together bring out fascinating adventure stories along with them learning about life, getting to know each other better, and appreciating life for what it is. Janet and her husband also wanted to prove to others that traveling can be done with children and they need not work hard till retirement. Their nineteen-month long backpacking trail of discovering the place like locals gives readers insightful peeks into the culture, lifestyle, and essence of the places. Traveling in unairconditioned 'chicken buses' takes them to an organization saving endangered sea turtles, monkey rehabilitation, chocolate making, and other exciting experiences. These help readers understand that it is important to adapt to surroundings while on a travel program, and they should always keep an open mind.
Traveling through the lonely stretches of hard-packed dirt road, sleepy jungle backwaters, and coping without the luxuries of air conditioning, reliable refrigeration, and access to a well-stocked grocery store made this trip incredibly fascinating and interesting. The narration is detailed and descriptive and brings out the beauty and color of the regions vividly for readers to appreciate the various places. This is not a conventional travel book and enables readers to learn about the history, geography, ecology, culture, regions, and customs of the places in a very unique and different way. Adventure by Chicken Bus takes readers into the soul and essence of Central America and will encourage many readers to visit some of the splendid destinations mentioned. Whether it is Parismina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama City, Belize, Guatemala, Puerto Viejo, or others, the book unveils the hidden beauty of Central America as they traverse the bumpy roads. Janet LoSole teaches readers that travel is 'a vital means of education, to expand the mind, and to develop empathy for others.'