A million things bind us to the repetitive drudgery of our every day lives. Our imagined confines breed a horde of excuses that keep us from stepping outside of the usual, the monotonous, and taking that final step needed to start our travel dreams-the long-term vacation, living overseas dreams.
This is a true story of what happens when comfort stays on the tarmac and fades into the distance like a forgotten canvas duffle bag. This is about making sure the bucket list gets completed tomorrow.
Throughout her life, Shelby Simpson has abandoned monotony in search of the next great adventure. She has visited 39 countries and lived in seven-traveling from the surreal beaches of Fiji to the winding halls of a Bolivian prison, and to dozens of locations in between. Each new destination reveals a new story, a tasty local cocktail, and a piece of a powerful truth: Fear is the only barrier to discovering that people are really all the same.
This book is a glimpse at the wonders we can discover when we find the courage to take that first step to travel outside of our comfort zone. There are belly laughs, panicked gasps, and awed silences to be had in every corner of this magical globe. All it takes is a little gumption, a shot (or five) of vodka, and the goodness inherent in people everywhere.
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One might ask, is it better to search out that experience of a lifetime, or to live a lifetime of experiences? According to Shelby Simpson’s Good Globe: Time for a Change of Hemisphere, the answer is, quite simply, both. Armed with a passport and some bravery discovered deep from within, Simpson takes the reader along with her as she embarks on a journey of epic proportions. I found her take on the world as told in this book to be refreshing, hysterical, and educational all at the same time. I should start by stating the obvious that reading this book made me want to go straight to my closet and pack a bag. As a frequent traveler myself, I found her courage to go and actually live in other parts of the world inspiring. I have a strong belief, which was reiterated throughout these pages, that people need to see other parts of the world to appreciate and understand their own lives. It is a shame that many people never get to leave their own borders and get a different view on this great big world. I think if everyone had that opportunity our world might be a happier, more accepting place. Good Globe is about more than just interesting places. It’s also about the smaller stories she weaves along the way: the mishaps, the friendships, the heart aches, the adventures. Simpson treats the reader as if she is inviting them into her inner circle, navigating through her journeys with commentary, encouragement, and at times brutal honesty. Amidst the discussion of all the mystery and the magic of the world around us, there was actually a lot of solid advice to live by contained in this book. Take a chance. Let go of your inhibitions. Get to know others around you. It is a self-help book of the 21st century. I enjoy Simpson’s writing style. I felt like I was talking to a lifelong friend with her conversational style. The book was both enjoyable and easy to read. I especially enjoyed her travel gain and loss list that she included before each section. It organized the book well and made the stories fit together in a logical sequence. Simpson’s take on the world and the adventures around her is no-holds barred. She tells it as it is, with all of life’s embarrassing moments and splendid wonders. This book sparks your imagination and encourages you to see the world from a different perspective. Well done!