The book records the journey of three friends – Jen, Holly, and Amanda – as they take a one-year journey around the world. Yes, these three young women quit their jobs – good jobs! – to backpack, hike, volunteer, and yoga their way through three continents. And they had an amazing time and learned so much about themselves and the world. Life-changing doesn’t even begin to cover it. So, yes – inspirational.
It was easy to connect with this book. First of all, the ladies are all journalists that worked for magazines or other media so the writing is fun and accessible. Second, they lived out a fantasy that most of us only dream about – leaving the pressure of day-to-day to go on an adventure. And third, I read it during a cold snap in February and everywhere they went (except Vietnam) was warm.
The “Lost Girls” also did a great job of explaining exactly how they got the funds, made plans and delt with setbacks, an essential to any travel writing. It also allows the reader greater connection because she is thinking “Wow, I can totally do this. It wouldn’t be easy, but it is possible.” My main quibble is that we only see their experience in the Masaai village in the prologue, so the Kenya section seems truncated (I actually had to double check that my nook wasn’t missing a section). I love how they admit to the hard times, the disagreements and frustrations right along with the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences like meeting a nun in Laos to get her secret herbal cure recipes.
Overall, a great book. I highly recommend it, particularly to the travel-hungry. Be forewarned, though – you might just start planning your own round the world trip!