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360 Degrees Longitude
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World | John Higham
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Much more than a travel narrative 360 Degrees Longitude: One Familys Journey Around the World is a glimpse at what it means to be a global citizena progressively changing view of the world as seen through the eyes of an American family of four. After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives good-bye, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time zones, visited 28 countries and experienced a lifetime of adventures. Making their way across the world, the Highams discovered more than just different foods and cultures; they also learned such diverse things as a Chilean mall isnt the best place to get your ears pierced, and that elephants appreciate flowers just as much as the next person. But most importantly, they learned about each other, and just how much a family can weather if they do it together. 360 Degrees Longitude employs Googles wildly popular Google Earth as a compliment to the narrative. Using your computer you can spin the digital globe to join the adventure cycling through Europe, feeling the cold stare of a pride of lions in Africa, and breaking down in the Andes. Packed with photos, video and text, the online Google Earth companion adds a dimension not possible with mere paper and ink. Fly over the terrain of the Inca Trail or drill down to see the majesty of the Swiss Alpswithout leaving the comfort of your chair.
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LA_Mead
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Reading this book today and dreaming about world travel... Any other world travel books anyone has heard of? I could use some more recommendations!

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GinaKButler
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I just finished At Home & it fell a little flat for me. In both of these books, the authors travel the world with young children, “world-schooling” as they go. In the case of At Home, I found myself wanting more. Why did they love Uganda so much? How did they choose their route? What was their budget? 360 Degrees, IMO is so much more forthcoming and includes diary excerpts from the whole family...it would definitely be my pick between the two.