Here We Are & There We Go by Jill Dobbe

Publication Date: March 2012
Categories: Travel, Memoir
Source: Thanks to Jill Dobbe

A heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jetlag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures. 

Who says you can’t travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers, and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while working together as international overseas educators. 

After surviving typhoon Yuri, almost being mauled by lions, and, being nearly shot by a presidential guard, we happily endure all of the good times and bad, while living life to the fullest. A decade’s worth of experiences and lifelong memories remain with us, as we return to the U.S., now with two teenagers in tow, and begin to experience our very own version of reverse culture shock.

My Thoughts:

How many of us have considered selling our homes, packing up our belongings, and traveling the world? For many people this is a dream. (At least it is for this girl!) The Dobbe family made it come true.

This was a delightful book told in a conversational style. I felt as if I were sipping a cup of coffee with a friend while she told me about her shenanigans across the globe. And shenanigans there were!

It was lovely to read about the people they met and the different schools they attended and worked at. Most gratifying was reading about how they dove into each culture with a desire to learn and enjoy themselves.

I have to commend Jill and her family. They’ve lived a true adventure and they did it their own way. I wonder if they’d notice if I hid myself in one of their suitcases next time around?

28 thoughts on “Here We Are & There We Go by Jill Dobbe

  1. This is one of the topics you think about but you never dare to do. When I did The Way of St James I realized how easily you can travel with a bag and a few clothes, you need very little; walking all the day and going wherever you wanted, but making a life of that is so different.The book sounds really interesting.


  2. I do wonder that if I was single, if I'd be able to do something like this. Or even (maybe a little more realistic than traveling the world) just pick up and move to a different part of the country. Could I really leave my life behind and start over? Some days it doesn't seem like such a bad idea.


  3. What a crazy experience to have as a kid! I'd be curious to read this just to find out if they enjoyed it or mostly just found all the moving schools difficult.


  4. I have, and still do, consider travelling the world. Resign my job and just travel the world for a year. Whether I can afford it, is another question. Sounds like nice read.


  5. I need this book!! Actually I kind of dream of writing this book. Hub and I LOVE traveling and many of our conversations revolve around just dreaming up trips to take. Kids throw a new wrench into the wheel but we've had our first successful big roadtrip and we're already planning out next summer. But ya–if only we all had infinite money supply to do that traveling. 😉


  6. Oh yes! Who hasn't thought about abandoning everything they know and traveling the world to learn and seek enlightenment! Then– I snap back to reality. It sounds like a great read though to discover a family that does just that…and survives to tell us about it.Happy Reading,Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate


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