We Came, We Saw, We Left: A Family Gap Year

Written by:
Charles Wheelan
Narrated by:
P.J. Ochlan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2021
10 hours 16 minutes
Charlie Wheelan and his family do what others dream of: They take a year off to travel the world. This is their story.

What would happen if you quit your life for a year? In a pre-COVID-19 world, the Wheelan family decided to find out; leaving behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget. Equal parts 'how-to' and 'how-not-to'-and with an eye toward a world emerging from a pandemic-We Came, We Saw, We Left is the insightful and often hilarious account of one family's gap-year experiment.

Wheelan paints a picture of adventure and connectivity, juggling themes of local politics, global economics, and family dynamics while exploring answers to questions like: How do you sneak out of a Peruvian town that has been barricaded by the local army? And where can you get treatment for a flesh-eating bacteria your daughter picked up two continents ago? From Colombia to Cambodia, We Came, We Saw, We Left chronicles nine months across six continents with three teenagers. What could go wrong?
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Paul P.

I was really surprised by this book. It was such an enjoyable read. I didn't want it to end. I've done a little bit of world travel, and related well to some of the stories. It makes me want to update my passport and get back out there. The author has a great way of making even mundane life situations fun to listen to. I'm excited to see what else Charlie Wheelan has to offer.

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Fun book. Quite an adventure. Made me wish had more money and more courage.

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Duane F.

Excellent book about traveling the world with teens. Loved the dry humor and real world insight into traveling with family.

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Casey O.

EPIC! Such a fun story, great narration. Couldn’t put it down’

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Jacob A.

Narrator cannot be endured. Story seems good, but couldn't listen to that robot for a single second longer.

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Patricia G.

Very inspiring! My husband and I enjoyed it very much.

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Loved it, loved it, loved it! Great adventure and sense of humor in author throughout. Makes me want to travel again immediately!

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Susan S.

Couldn’t get into it and tried several times

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Melissa H.

I almost abandoned this book two chapters in. It is poorly written and the narrator's voice sounds like a radio sports announcer, which I found grating. The self-congratulating author comes off as a bit pompous with a juvenile sense of humor. He spends more time writing about petty family squabbles and typical teen-parent issues than describing the places they visited. I hung in to finish the book because I knew it included the Galapagos and Australia, both places I want to visit. But, it didn't get better and I learned little about those locations. There are a couple half-decent anecdotes in the book, but they are few and far between. It was my free VIP selection and I still feel I spent too much on it. Don't waste your time on this book.

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