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When I was a kid, I had a huge map of the world next to my bed. I used to stare at it for hours and dream of all the faraway places I hoped to visit. Which, if you know me should come as no surprise!
I still love to stare at a map, this time with intentional “where should we go next” wanderlust. During our recent cruise, I actually spent a crazy amount of time with the Holland America cruise view book they left in our stateroom, dreaming of all the sea adventures I hope to take someday (113-day around the world trip anyone?).
I also follow several families, through their websites, who are traveling around the world – with kids in tow. So when Bloomsbury approached me to check out an advanced copy of their new book, Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World, I was intrigued by the title alone!
Today I’m excited to share my review of this autobiography, and keep reading for your chance to snag an autographed copy!
Momma To Go would like to thank Bloomsbury Publishing for an advance copy of this book. As always all opinions are my own.
Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World.
I’m going to start this review by saying this book isn’t the next Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It’s not the most well written piece I have ever read, but it’s an HONEST and RAW account of real life, and one family’s VERY REAL journey.
When I first picked up Where the Magic Happens, I figured it would start with “On this day we left our first port… then we went to X, Y, Z and yada yada happened and then we returned home a year later.”
But the narrative is so much more.
The book is written by Caspar Craven, who I would consider a regular English guy. And I think that is why he is so relatable! He has sailed before, but in his younger, pre-kid days. In the late 2000’s he finds himself where many of us do. Just plugging along with his business, wife, and family of two young kids (which expands to three before sailing). Like many of us, the routine of life has him feeling both trapped AND longing for more quality time with his children.
Can anyone else relate?
He thinks fondly of his previous time at sea, and inspired by a sense of wanderlust and adventure, he hatches a plan to sail around the world with his wife and two kids. Again, he has sailed in his younger days, but sailing is not something his family has every really done! The Craven’s know it’s the right move, and they set their eyes on a departure date almost FIVE years into the future!
The first half/two-thirds of the book chronicle the five years Casper, and his wife, Nichola, spend preparing and planning for this big adventure. The story kind of drags on through this part, but I do like how Casper highlights how their determination to stick to their departure date can be translated to so many goals that we all have in our own lives – big or small. He also gives concrete advice (in the form of sidebars in the book) of how we can use this family as our muse to help see our own dreams into fruition.
The second half/one-third of the book reads differently. That is where we get the log of their circumnavigation of the globe. I also very much enjoyed this part. I loved reading about the different ports and places the family stopped. I was so intrigued by the vast stretches of sailing across oceans! I can’t imagine weeks without land in sight. I’m not a sailor so some of the nautical jargon was lost on me, but this story will remind you of the difficulties, solitude, and rewards an adventure like this brings.
In addition to being a travel-junkie and travel blogger, I am a big reader. So I don’t want to give away any spoilers here… but the Craven family does embark on their journey, and they make it home safely to pen this tale!
I highly recommend this book if you love adventure, real and honest stories, and to help you think about family travel in a different way. If you love reading travel blogs, you will love this book.
As far as family goes, I love the re-definition of “education” and thinking about where travel fits into my own children’s schooling. I doubt you could read this book and not be inspired to take on a new challenge. I know hubby and I have floated some pretty crazy ideas in the recent weeks and stories like these make you feel like fulfilling your dreams is possible!
Pick up your copy of Where the Magic Happens on Amazon!
BUT… you can also enter to win a copy of Where the Magic Happens!
UPDATE: The Giveaway has ended, Congrats to Lisa W. for winning and thanks to all who entered. BUT you can still pick up a copy of Where the Magic Happens on amazon!
1- Open to US and Canadian Residents (excluding US Island territories—Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa)
2- No purchase Necessary
3- Giveaway winner will be selected at random
4- Winner will receive prize directly from Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
5- Winner’s name may be used for promotional purposes
6 – Giveaway ends Friday, April 20 at 11:59 PM EST.
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