In the 1960s and ’70s, thousands of baby boomers strapped packs to their backs and flocked to Europe, wandering the continent on missions of self-discovery. Many of these boomers still dream of “going back”―of once again cutting themselves free and revisiting the places they encountered in their youth, recapturing what was, and creating fresh memories along the way. Marianne Bohr and her husband, Joe, did just that.

In Gap Year Girl, Bohr describes what it’s like to kiss your job good-bye, sell your worldly possessions, pack your bags, and take off on a quest for adventure. Page by page, she engagingly recounts the experiences, epiphanies, highs, lows, struggles, surprises, and lessons learned as she and Joe journey as independent travelers on a budget―through medieval villages and bustling European cities, unimaginable culinary pleasures, and the entertaining (and sometimes infuriating) characters encountered along the way. Touching on universal themes of escape, adventure, freedom, discovery, and life reimagined, Gap Year Girl is an exciting account of a couple’s experiences on an unconventional, past the-blush-of-youth journey.

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Praise for Gap Year Girl

The Displaced Nation, Best of Expat Nonfiction 2015

Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Finalist — Travel

Los Angeles Book Festival 2015, General Nonfiction, Honorable Mention

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2016, Finalist – Travel

[In Gap Year Girl,] Bohr steps outside of her comfort zone and explores the world…and she vividly conveys her experiences, such as when she describes the chaotic streets of Morocco and the loneliness of the bucolic French village Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

Publishers Weekly

…an absorbing rundown of a cultural odyssey bursting with insights and quiet truths, which the author absorbed intuitively—some might even say through her pores.

Danforth Prince, author of multiple Frommer’s guides

Bohr shines…provid[ing] glimpses of herself as a whole person, not simply a traveler. Gap Year Girl is an excellent choice…a travelogue filled with historic places, but its personal stories provide its highlights.

Kirkus Reviews

You can’t read Gap Year Girl as a bystander. You’re with her every step of the way, for this is travel writing at its very best.

Kev Reynolds, Author of The Tour of Mont Blanc, Cicerone Guides