Embarking on a homeschooling field trip to Central America is stressful enough, but add in perilous bridge crossings, trips to the hospital, and a lack of women’s underwear, and you have the makings of an Adventure by Chicken Bus.
Buckling under a mountain of debt, Janet LoSole and her family are at their wits’ end. Determined to make a drastic change, they sell all worldly possessions and hit the road. With only a few items of clothing, a four-person tent, and little else, the family visits a sleepy island backwater in Costa Rica to save endangered sea turtles. In Panama, they bounce around like turnips in the back of a vegetable truck to reach an isolated monkey sanctuary.
In Guatemala, they scale the ancient Mayan temples of Tikal.
In between tales of begging rides from total strangers and sleeping overnight in the jungle with an indigenous family, Janet endorses community-based travel–supporting local businesses and favoring public transportation called chicken buses. She also writes candidly about what it takes to travel long-term with two little girls amid the chaos of border crossings, erratic drivers, and creepy crawlies lurking at the edge of the jungle.
Janet and her family are off on a adventure of a lifetime, I loved the way Janet has written this book as I feel as though I am the fifth person on this amazing adventure. I am sure her daughters will remember this for the rest of their lives, they are incredibly lucky to experience some of the things they did when on this trip. It was such an honest account of one family traveling, there are some highs and there are some lows, but you can tell and see that the family is a close knit one. Such an epic adventure, it certainly gave me the need to want to go away. I don’t think I would of had the guts to do the backpacking myself especially with two kids but good on them and I felt as though I could experience it on their behalf. I think this is a book you will come back to time an time again if you ever feel like you need some holiday inspiration.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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