By David Elliot Cohen
“Honest, reflective, and often uproariously funny… A book that will leave you longing for the surprises of the road.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
Originally published in 1999, One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children has been hailed as a “landmark in travel literature” (The Boston Herald) and has received enthusiastic reviews and profiles in publications such as People Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, American Way Magazine and CNN Interactive. Now available in paperback, One Year Off is authored by David Elliot Cohen, the editor of three New York Times bestsellers including A Day in the Life of America.
One Year Off is the story of a five-member family who left their comfortable life for a yearlong trip together around the world. Many people share the thought of chucking it all and taking off for parts unknown, but few actually do it; modern conveniences, security, and a roof over one’s head usually win out over fantasies of being on the road and visiting exotic places. David Cohen and his wife Devyani decided to liquidate their small publishing company, sell their house, and pluck their three young children (the youngest still in diapers) out of school to set off on a journey that both challenged and thrilled them. Based on dispatches sent to family and friends from the road, One Year Off brings to life the Cohen family’s 50,000-mile adventure that took them across three oceans to sixteen countries on five continents.
One Year Off is filled with vivid, exciting and arresting stories of the Cohen family’s year on the road. Fortified with a sense of humor, the family proceeded by plane, train, ship, car, houseboat, van, camel cart, oxcart, and elephant howdah. Highlights of the Cohen’s trip include an extended stay on a houseboat in France, a meeting with an angry hippo in Zimbabwe, a trip to the emergency room in Bangkok, and a near-fatal accident off the coast of Australia.
Filled with ingenious ideas about family travel – from packing to settling disputes to setting on-the-road spending budgets – One Year Off can serve as a virtual primer on traveling with children. But much more than that, One Year Off is an engaging read for anyone passionate about travel and for those who dream of trading their commute for a ride across the Australian outback or their mortgage for a trip down the Zambezi River.
About the Author
David Elliot Cohen, a Yale College graduate, has edited three New York Timesbestsellers including A Day in the Life of America. He has appeared on numerous national programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America,Morning Edition, and 20/20 and has won awards from organizations as diverse as the American Society of Media Photographers and the government of Spain. Cohen lives in Marin County, California, with his wife Devyani Kamdar, and their three children, Kara, Willie, and Lucas.
About Travelers’ Tales
Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel and spiritual writing from world-famous authors to new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series that features single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a new series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a whole new audience. One Year Off is the latest title in the Footsteps series.
One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the Word Journey with Our Children
By David Elliot Cohen
Travelers’ Tales, June 2001
$14.95, trade paperback, 296 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″