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Half a World Away: In Search of a Gap Year Travel Adventure by Alistair McGuinness is the story of a couple, Alistair McGuinness and his wife Fran, as they journeyed from their home town of Luton, UK, to the other side of the world, Australia. They spent time enjoying many uncharted tourist sites en route. First they headed to the jungles where the Amazon flows, scaled mountains, made friends with the village people, became their teachers of sorts, and visited Bolivia, Peru and other countries. Thereafter they traveled to Tanzania, trekked up Kilimanjaro, and then flew to Zimbabwe to pick up an organized tour. The hired truck would weave a path through southern Africa, arriving at Cape Town eight weeks later. Then they traveled to their final destination, Australia.
Half a World Away: In Search of a Gap Year Travel Adventure by Alistair McGuinness is full of excitement, whether it was the glitch with immigration for Fran, the stay in the wild in makeshift tents, or the honeymooning non-swimmers finding themselves on a ship, rolling and pitching in stormy seas - there is never a dull moment in this travelogue. They both finally make it to Australia where they still reside.
I have read many travel books, but while reading Half a World Away, I felt part of that team, sharing equally with them all the drama and excitement. Alistair shares his travels in such a way that the reader will find it difficult to remind himself that he is not part of the traveling team. As the author quotes in the end: “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Highly recommended!