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Restless: Memoir of an Incurable Traveller

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  24 reviews
This is not a how-to book, or a guide book. It is a why-to book.

Restless is a book of true stories, of connections with people on one level or another, in situations that stretched the limits of the author's perseverance and often left her frustrated and angry at the world. It led her down some strange and wonderful alleyw
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published November 30th 2016
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Jennifer S. Alderson
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Restless is an excellent travel memoir written by a truly adventurous soul.

A young couple, James and the author Heather, buy a one way ticket to India with no plans to return to Australia. Along the way they travel across much of Asia, first as a couple then later as a family with their young son and daughter in tow.

I experienced this book as two parts: before and after Heather’s first unexpected pregnancy. The pacing of the first part of the book was slower and the author provided an extremely
Jill Dobbe
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Restless is a thoughtful, honest, and sincere read about a couple who take off traveling with only a couple of backpacks between them. They rough it through several countries experiencing the cultures, people, and landscapes, while learning about themselves, and each other. Then the babies come, and without missing a beat, they continued their traveling lifestyle.

I was carried along with Hackett's delightful descriptions as she traversed the Himalayas, rode crowded buses through China, and exper
Jenny Tainsky
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
It was an okay book, she traveled to interesting places. I didn't like her tone though, so it was hard to really like the storytelling. ...more
Julie Haigh
Richly detailed, a very enjoyable travel memoir.

This was a great read, just my kind of book and was very nicely presented. There is a free accompanying photo book download included at the front of the book.

I've read a lot of travel memoirs but this is really interesting as this person travelled for over 10 years in total! I really liked the simple conversational style. Heather and James took off to travel and work-eventually with two small children in tow. Heather’s mum saved her letters and sh
Robert Fear
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful memoir

I was drawn to this very well written memoir because I travelled in a lot of the same areas of Asia, but two years earlier than when Heather started her travels in 1983.

We crossed paths several times, so to speak, in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Kathmandu and Pokhara (Nepal), Varanasi, Agra, Delhi and Darjeeling (India) and Hong Kong. The experiences that she had during the first part of the book closely resembled my own, even down to the heightened atmosphere in the Yin
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel like Ms. Hackett and I are kindred spirits. She has a restlessness in her that makes her want to go from country to country absorbing the views, the people, the cultures. To quote her “The true reality of being a traveler is that life often leads us in directions we never expect, to places we would never imagine going, people we wouldn’t meet otherwise.” I certainly can relate to that.

Family and friends did not understand the drive that kept Heather and her husband (and later their childr
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A view into travel before the internet was everywhere. I appreciated that the author is honest about challenges she faced and consequences of decisions she made. I was confused by the jumping around in time during the second part of the book. I would have loved to hear more about how things went when she and her partner got back home.
Mrs Vanessa Barber
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honest adventuring young lady

Heather has done a wonderful job in describing the experiences life has offered her whilst traveling through her early year with and withouut her young children along side.
The journal clearly give her heart felt warmth of traveling as well as full on Sense of adventure.
Loved every page, well worth the time reading, I'm just sorry it was over too quick
Gabe Darrow
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting memoir

Overall solid read. It seems that a lot of 'travel writers' are actually only travelers OR writers.. Restless highlights some of the life experiences of a person that does both well.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I had to purchase immediately after reading sample because I wanted to keep reading. So captivating and descriptive. Fun read!!!!
Jo Dunn
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
In my "younger days" (I'm seventy-one and somewhat frail) I'd have reveled in the opportunity (and the financial wherewithal) to grab a backpack, a quality camera and a traveling partner and trek off into the sunset! Heather Hackett's book allowed me to get as close as I'll ever get - in this life - to such an amazing journey. 4* (read 2/24/20 - 2/25/20 I can't get the dates to publish *correctly* on Goodreads) ...more
Cathy Monaghan
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Travel memoirs are my favorite kind of memoir. I like to sit in my comfy chair and read how others are having an adventure and/or a mishap. This book is a great travel memoir about how an undaunted traveler can overcome the most stressful and difficult situations while traveling with a limited budget and KIDS!!! This is a perfect read for those who’ve traveled and for those who want to travel. I loved this book and the photo book that was offered with it. Can't wait to read the sequel. ...more
Brenda Brandon
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book.. good story of a young family's backpack trek through Asia and Europe in the early 80's .. ...more
Laura Turcios
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok

Have you ever read a book and wished the author would just be quiet? Or have you ever read a book and couldn't immediately pick out what it was that really annoyed you about it?

Both of these happened to me while and after reading this book.

Long story short,...Rich girl suffocating from having everything handed to her and never having to struggle (except when her mom didn't buy the baby doll she really really wanted for Christmas one time) (yes this is the example the
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was one crazy travel memoir. I'm not a traveler, but reading about this woman's travel adventures was pretty entertaining. She and her husband traveled to Thailand, Nepal, China, India, and Europe pretty much without any plan whatsoever and on a shoestring, staying in hostels, camping, hitchhiking, bicycling, and riding buses everywhere. They even had a couple of kids while doing this. Not the way I would do it, but it was sort of interesting to see what kind of people can actually live lik ...more
Jack Moscrop
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entranced by the lives of others, Heather glides beautifully between the expected and unexpected worlds of travel. For example her time living as Thai with a Thai family who make a living from the river of backpackers flowing through their country is a wonderful insight into what travel looks like from the other side. Her candor about her motivations, experiences and the wedge traveling drove between her and her family brings a depth which elevates this book into a must read for anyone intereste ...more
Lee Woods
Memoir of an Incurable Traveler is a unique story that weaves together the journey of the life of Heather Hackett on two levels. I enjoyed traveling the world as a spectator while watching the life journey of Hackett as she grew and changed. Her many stories make traveling the world a little more personal. Her memories remain constant even though the world has changed. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been bitten by the travel bug but has yet to decide to destroy their world in orde ...more
Sandy Bennett-Haber
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of journeys in this book. From A to B via a lot of very hot squashed trains and buses, on bikes and hitchhiking across Europe, on foot into the Himalayas and throughout it all the journey from restless youth to parenthood is taking place.
The reader is taken to many places they might otherwise not see, there is a lot of self discovery here, and a brilliant retelling of life lived on the road. Sometimes this makes you want to pack your bags and get out there. Sometimes it makes yo
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got goosebumps from reading the first chapter. Reading this book will give you a glimpse of Asia and all its hidden gems. I absolutely love this memoir!
Julie Watson
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book and what a brave couple to give up the luxury and easy lifestyle they were used to and venture into the unknown. I think when you are young, one tends to be more adventurous and willing to take risks. The couple travels for years on their own initially and then with their children. They travelled as cheaply as possible getting around on local buses and trains, staying in basic accommodation, sometimes with local families. They walked for miles each day and biked through Europe a ...more
Karen Kornbau
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

I kind of liked the book for the sheer nightmarish way these people travelled. She did not have many nice things to say about any country they went through. Still she stayed addicted to going on and on . I have been to all those countries too, but my experience was a bit different. I must say they roughed it a lot but the constant enormously long horrible bus and train rides made me wonder how they wanted to go on, not seeming to enjoy any of it. Still an interesting read.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very different travel book, written by a woman who said," Why not?", rather than how or why or can't do. I am both impressed and amazed at the feats in this book and realize my age and my inhibitions and planning nature would make me a poor candidate to go off and travel as Heather did. And she took her kids. I think I see this book as more of a protest against our trip- planning, vacation in resortsetting, or group travel mentality. This is quite a book! ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Better get than me!

I enjoy international travel a great deal, but never in my wildest nightmare, would I think of taking some of the risks that Heather does. An amazing and often amusing tale from the road.
Barbara Eisemann
I was very disappointed with this book. It was quite disjointed and jumped around from place to place with no pattern. Seemed lots lots of complaints and very little description.
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Heather is not just an author. She is also a poet, a traveler, a photographer, a musician, a free spirit, an adventurer, a thrill seeker, a wife and a mother.

She has searched for meaning in our often insignificant and trivial lives across three continents, mostly in Asia, and found various forms of spiritual fulfilment, some very powerful and life-changing. She has experienced some awesome highs

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“And it certainly wasn’t a choice without risk. But then very few worthwhile things in life are. The greater the risk, the greater the reward.” 1 likes
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