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Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,041 ratings  ·  219 reviews
The Sell-Your-House, See-the-World Life!

Reunited after thirty-five years and wrestling a serious case of wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their house and possessions and live abroad full-time. They've never looked back. With just two suitcases, two computers, and each other, the Martins embark on a global adventure, taking readers from sky-high pyramids in
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Sourcebooks
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Sheri Radford
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
While I love the idea behind this book, and I admire the author's courage in embarking on such an unusual retirement, the writing itself was less than spectacular. She relied far too heavily on exclamation points and pedestrian descriptions. A better editor might have been able to coax a stronger book out of her. This book definitely needed one more rewrite.
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I could not wait to read this book. I thought it would be filled with sage advice and insight on how to sell everything and live around the world. I was disappointed. The Martins did sell everything, but they didn't "live" around the world -- they never became locals and always remained tourists in each of their destinations always seeing very run of the mill tourist attractions. Staying in VRBO and Home Away From Home rentals is what I consider a vacation.

Stylistically, Home Sweet Anywhere gets
Sandy Hall
I received this book as an early read via NetGalley. I love stories of how people changed their lives entirely and it's even better when it involves doing so in places where not everyone speaks the same language. What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that the author and her husband weren't restless 20, 30 or even 40-somethings. They made this leap at a time of life when a lot of people are finding themselves fearful of change, of trying something utterly new and of letting go of so muc ...more
Trish Goodwin
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was cute enough, but not great. I really enjoyed the travel descriptions: the food, the accommodations, the struggles faced when learning to "live" in another country. However, the book got bogged down when the author spent way too much time telling how she landed a book deal (through contacts she already had) about their travelling lifestyle. This book should have been more appropriately titled "How a wealthy "retired" (although they both still work as writers) couple sold their house ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I loved the idea of this book, but there was no story arc particularly. Mostly dry narrative with meals and tourist places, which can be found anywhere in any book. The author used her unique situation of living home-free and, instead of expanding on that and engaging the imaginations of the readers who might be hoping for a similar retirement someday, it turned into a dry letter home about the food they ate (but not so detailed as to be a foodie book) it was more like a glorified letter home fr ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I would love to meet this couple. I think there is a better book in them about this whole adventure and it just needed to be coaxed out. I finished it, but I was having trouble doing so because even though they were in different locations in every chapter, the more I read, the more it began to feel like a formula to me. And maybe that is really what the trip is about for them, but I'm suspecting that there is always something that happens within the new environment that becomes the focus of emot ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Envy-inducing travel writing, just right for armchair journeyers. Thirty-five years after Lynne and Tim first met and had a short romance, they finally got married. They’d both settled with other people and had children, but Lynne’s husband died after a long slip into dementia and Tim divorced. This second chance at love was also a new opportunity for adventure, and the Martins grasped it wholeheartedly. In 2010, at age 70, they set about “unretiring”: storing or selling almost all their belongi ...more
Mad Scientist
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mad Steam

Lynne & Tim are my heroes!!!

The Mad Scientist does believe that this book will be inspirational to anyone who opens it. Honestly, the Martin's live how my dreams unfold every night beneath the eye mask. Although, MS does make her way around the world quit nicely.

The darling couple dated when they were young things, however, they found each other later in life after their first marriages. The attraction never left. One does think it would of been like a lightening zap after all of that t
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational for Many Reasons
Most of us dream of traveling the world at some point in our lives. Lynne and Tim Martin didn’t just dream it – they did it! The book is well written and fast paced. The book reads both like a conversation between friends as well as a journal with side notes. Funny stories keep you turning pages long past bedtime and Lynne has also included tons of practical tips for your next overseas trip. The book is very honest – they had tough days and encountered some bumps on
Ashwini Parulkar
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book I could not put down once I started reading. Got this book as an early read. A story of how age is no barrier for what one wants to do in life. Love the easy writing style of Lynne Martin. It tells you that retirement can be an adventure. A great exit transition into retirement. Inspirational to people who love meeting new people all over the world, asking people to say "Yes" to explore the world and " Don't Postpone" anything in life. A different way of life(may not be for all), but inte ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book hard to put down. It is more than a travel memoir. Lynne and Tim's zest for life and love and adventure jumps off every page. There is something for everyone and it leaves you wanting to know more about this intriguing courageous couple who sell most of their possessions to finance their hunger for the adventure of world travel. For those of us who have already been bitten by the travel bug, you will revel and identify with what they encounter and how they dealt with the highs ...more
Helen Dunn
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I love the concept of a "home-free" retirement but this book is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

Lynn Martin's writing can be pleasant but her recreated dialog is painful to read. Her inflated sense of self and constant bragging about her "non-tourist" status is grating. The constant referrals back to the WSJ article on nearly every page is excruciating and her complaints about how her book deal is cramping her style is just ridiculous.

I'm at 82% and I'm determined
A. Somers
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, travel
I admire the Martins for their moxy in giving up the comforts of home to be nomads traveling and embracing the cultures of countries around the world. I have two minor issues with their adventures. First the book starts off with this tale about how they came to be world travelers making it sound as if they had this tremendous brainstorm, but you find out much later in the story that they were actually following in the footsteps of Mrs. Martin's parents , who had done something similar years befo ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was perfect for me. While I travel all the time.....I still have a home to which I return. How would it be to put your most valued possessions into storage and live full time out of a suitcase? I liked the way that the author described the positives and negatives of living in each location. This is something that I dream of doing...but, have come to the realization that I would miss my friends back home. I can still follow advice in the book when I rent for period of time...out of the ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: living-abroad
This is a fun read and encouraging for those of us who want to continue to reinvent our lives after retirement. The Martins sold their house in CA and began traveling, living for anywhere from a month to three months in a given country. In the course of this book they lived in Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, France, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland,Morocco, and Portugal.And,they have great plans for their next year. They meet lots of interesting people, and work out a system for starting out in each cou ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a quick and fascinating read!

This couple is an inspiration for me, and I hope to do this with the one I love some day. They went all across the world, booked their first cruise ( a repositioning one at that) traveled through Latin America, Europe and well the world.

I also learned a lesson in Culture in Argentina... It is very important to ask the right questions apparently, and as Argentina is on my short list,
Mar 08, 2017 added it
Shelves: memoir
They are in their 70s, people! And they live a nomadic life!

"Postpone nothing" is their advice.

I related to so much of this because Lynne and her husband's lifestyle is similar to ours.

Don't read this for deep insights into life or for captivating writing. But still, it's fun, and Lynn offers a bit of good advice.
Vicky Hart
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
While Lynne's account was a nice personal travelogue, I was expecting more advice and "how to's". It seems that Tim is the one that makes most of the travel arrangememts, and perhaps he could write a book that would be more helpful.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Please note that my 4 stars is due largely to the fact that I love hearing others describe their travel journeys and finding out about new spots and locales. It's sad but I do live vicariously through others adventures.

This book could have been so much better but it was very good in doing what it was meant to do; telling of travels to various countries. Too much emphasis on food and they definitely had the means to travel comfortably and live well. While I was reading, I kept thinking of how di
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Such a unique book (for me, anyway) about the traveling life. I see the appeal. Author gives a realistic picture of life on the road internationally, including negotiating with your partner, an important critical consideration. This is not the BEST writing but it’s good enough and I’ll think back to this book often.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed reading about the different countries from a quasi-tourist viewpoint, and oh my gosh, the food! (Well, not the escargot...) Wish there had been more detail on the planning logistics besides the few websites mentioned. Good armchair traveling. 3/5
Jan Garza
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
loved the part about San Miguel de Allende. not the rest so much.
Angela Iannicca
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is an easy read for anyone who already has some knowledge about home free living. Most of what I read in this book, I already knew from basic research. Her story telling lacks sometimes.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting travelogue written by a 70-year old couple who sold their house and traveled the world full-time.
Maya Andrews
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't totally like the writing style but I enjoyed the story and concept.
It's as if the worst books in the library are jumping onto my tablet just to punk me this month. .

I thought this would be a fun, light adventure read after some serious heavy reads. A plain old Joe couple sells everything and become "citizens of the world" and free spirits, mingling with the locals and broadening their understanding of other cultures. Maybe they'd get into a few amusing tight jams here or there as they tried to "go local."


She began losing me within three percent of the b
SE Stone
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Lynne Martin and her husband, Tim, decided that a stationary retirement in California just wasn’t right for them. Their wanderlust prodded them to make a life-altering decision: to sell their home and spend their retirement on the road. Navigating the confusion and complexity of international destinations has provided an adventure than neither Lynne nor Tim could never have anticipated. And while a life of near constant traveling might have its ups and downs, they wouldn’t trade this new life fo ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-grade, nonfiction
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Part of the memoir is their adventures figuring out how to live in various places, and those were the segments I found the most interesting. The descriptions of where they found long-term furnished rentals, what to expect of those rentals (short answer: not comfy couches or chairs), how and why they chose different locations, and the details and routines they established in each new temporary home were fascinating. I had to Google some of the apartm
Nancy Simioni
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just go! Life is too short.
This is a motivating tale, especially for people over 50.
The story was particularly fun to read while my husband and I are on our own 3-month trip to Europe.
We are also retired and from California (although we are not currently interested in selling our home nor traveling full time, but several months each year.)
I couldn't put the book down - it was really fun to read how they met each other, again, late in life and just sold everything and began their world travels.
John Gurney
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Received as a GoodReads giveaway, Home Sweet Anywhere is fun, but not as deep as one would hope, or even expect, given the subject. The Martins sell their California home and live, as economically as they can, in various countries, "home free." Yet, the book reads like a travelogue and we don't see the sort of total immersion in local culture that one might anticipate when someone permanently moves to another nation. Many of the stays are brief: a week to a month or two, which seems not to suffi ...more
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Lynne's book, Home Sweet Anywhere, was published April 15, 2014. It has enjoyed best-seller status and enthusiastic reviews.

In 2010, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their home, disburse most of their belongings and travel the world for the rest of their lives. Lynne’s popular blog,, chronicles their nomadic life, which was the cover article of The Wall Street Journal'

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