Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance

Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance

by Tracey Carisch


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Tracey Carisch thought she had it all. As a wife, mother, and successful executive, she seemed to be living the modern American dream. But one night, a panic attack sent her tumbling into an existential crisis and questioning everything about her life. That’s when she and her husband made a decision that shocked their family and friends: they sold everything they owned, pulled their three young daughters out of school, and became a family of wandering globetrotters.

Loaded with hilarious mishaps as well as deeply meaningful revelations, Excess Baggage chronicles the Carisch family’s extraordinary, eighteen-month adventure across six continents. As they navigate the trials and tribulations of international travel, the family encounters unique people and bizarre situations that teach them about the world—and themselves. Carisch’s candid and insightful account of her family’s journey will have you laughing out loud, shedding a few tears, and bringing the lessons of family travel into your own life . . . without ever having to leave home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631524110
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tracey Carisch grew up in a small midwestern town and attended Indiana University for her undergraduate degree. After beginning her career in technology consulting, she returned to academia for her MBA and founded her own consulting firm, helping to lead change in education and workforce development. Tracey is now an international speaker and leadership professional. Her presentations challenge audiences to embrace change and find the opportunities in life's difficult situations. She lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family, their two dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s also a dog.

Table of Contents

Pinot Noir and Panic Attacks 13

The Short Road to Midlife 19

Crazy Hairbrained Ideas 29

Togetherness 35

Idiots Abroad 45

Remembering Among the Ruins 53

Peaches and Coconuts 69

Shiny Happy People … Drinking Beer 79

Ferengi 95

Spiritual Failure 123

Spiritual Success 143

Drug Drama 159

Second Chances 171

Bula! Bula! 181

Return to the First World 199

Breaking the Language Barrier 221

Seeing the Water 233

Into Thinner Air 249

Grief 261

Finding Our Way Home 267

Why Hello, Dysentery 287

Prepare for Landing 303

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