Lynne Martin and her husband, Tim, decided that a stationary retirement in California just wasn’t right for them. Their wanderlust prodded them to make a life-altering decision: to sell their home and spend their retirement on the road. Navigating the confusion and complexity of international destinations has provided an adventure than neither Lynne nor Tim could never have anticipated. And while a life of near constant traveling might have its ups and downs, they wouldn’t trade this new life for the world.
I’m not exactly the target audience for this book as it’s a sort-of instructional guide for retirees who want to live internationally on a budget. I’ll be in that demographic one day, but not for quite a while.
Home Sweet Anywhere encourages retirees to reconsider their options for living out their retirement. They don’t need to be satisfied with staying in one place if they have the urge to travel and see the world. It doesn’t hide that things may not always go smoothly during travel, and it reminds readers that the good days should be treasured. Lynne also makes sure to point out that travel may not be for everyone. It all depends on a person’s lifestyle and the things that their willing/able to sacrifice.
I think one of the reasons that I couldn’t connect with this book was I’m not in the targeted audience. No matter how hard I tried to concentrate on the adventures that Lynne and Tim Martin had while exploring the world, I struggled to connect with them. I couldn’t make myself ignore the feeling that I was listening to a grandmother sharing stories of what happened on her travels. Interesting enough but mainly fluff that I could tune out without missing anything.
When I picked up this book, I was hoping to see insight into what living abroad full time meant to them. I imagined learning how their new lifestyle tested their relationship and made them stronger. I wanted to see vulnerability in both Lynne and Tim. They must have had moments where they seriously questioned whether they made the right decision. Lynne instead glossed over the bigger emotions that she and Tim undoubtedly felt during their time abroad. And I think she did a disservice to the book and her readers because of that.
This book would be great for someone interested in living abroad full time and is looking for a light read.
Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin is published in paperback by Sourcebooks.
**I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.