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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
I love to travel. I love to dream about traveling. I love to plan trips and think about trips and get excited about trips. Part of how I do that is by reading travel magazines and great travel books. I Became a Vagabond Traveler: Living a Roaming Carefree Existence by Madame Aline definitely fits the latter category. Recounting her adventures in travel from the time she was a twenty-two-year-old young woman who set sail from her native Canada to Europe, all the way through her time working for the United Nations, and then meeting and marrying a fellow lover of travel, who also worked for the UN, until eventually settling with her two teenaged children in California. In between, she spent time in Panama, Morocco, Marrakesh, Indonesia, Palau, Kuwait, Oregon, the Marshall Islands and even more. Experiencing great moments in history, from her time in East Germany right before the Berlin Wall was built, to being in Rome during the funeral of Pope John XXIII, Madame Aline seems to have experienced more in her years than most do in ten lifetimes.
I so enjoyed this book. I learned about some pretty popular and interesting travel destinations, but also in-depth information on the culture of each of these places, as well as realistic portrayals of living conditions, not just descriptions of great hotels. I highly recommend I Became a Vagabond Traveler to any reader who loves travel, books about other cultures, or just an excellent read about an interesting and free-spirited woman who lives life on her own terms. I’m not sure if Madame Aline plans to write another book about her adventures, but if she did, I would certainly be one of the first in line to read it.