Book Review: Grounded
If you are looking for a “this is how to travel around the world” guide, this book is not for you.If you want a story about traveling with children, this book is also not for you. If you want a story about two 30-somethings who quit their jobs, put all their belongings in storage, and took off around the world, you have to read this book. Grounded is the story of how the author, Seth Stevenson, and his girlfriend, Rebecca, circumnavigate the world with just two rules in mind: cross every longitudinal line (including the Equator) and no flying in airplanes. Their adventure starts in August on a cargo ship that leaves from Philadelphia and takes them to Antwerp in Belgium. They continue on by train, ferry, rickshaw, bicycle, car, and even on a luxury cruise ship until they arrive at home, in Washington, D.C. in December. Despite the fact that conditions are, at times, the very opposite of ideal, Stevenson keeps the journey going with a (mostly) positive attitude and doesn’t succumb to buying a plane ticket.