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The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

by Jennifer Baggett

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 3, 2010 | Hardcover

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads. They''re feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones-scoring a big promotion, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids-before they reach their early thirties. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, they decide it''s now or never to do something daring. Unable to gain perspective in fast-paced Manhattan, the three twentysomethings quit their coveted media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to travel the globe. Dubbing themselves the Lost Girls, they embark on an epic yearlong search for inspiration and direction.

As they journey 60,000 miles across four continents and more than a dozen countries, Jen, Holly, and Amanda step far outside of their comfort zones, embracing every adventure and experience the world has to offer-shooting blowguns with Yagua elders in the Amazon, learning capoeira on the beaches of Brazil, volunteering with preteen girls at a school in rural Kenya, hiking with Hmong villagers in Vietnam, and driving through Australia in a psychedelic camper van. Along the way, the Lost Girls find not only themselves but also a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood-a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, fending off aggressive street vendors, trekking across rivers and over mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.

This candid and compelling memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt the desire to spread her wings and discover the world with her best friends by her side.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.74 in

Published: May 3, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061689068

ISBN - 13: 9780061689062

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great I have had the book for a while, keeping it to read at the cottage. What an amazing book, did not want to put it down once I started reading. It gives you something to think about while following the girls on their journey -- something everyone would love to be able to do. Highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't realize how fortunate and rich our lives are without all the material things.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! What an amazing and inspiring book! Makes me want to do the same thing that these adventerous gals did and travel around the world! Warning: will give you an intense case of the travel bug!!
Date published: 2011-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lost girls This was an amazing book and should be read by every woman around the world!
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting Read! Story Description: With their thirtieth birthdays looming, Jen, Holly, and Amanda are feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones-score the big promotion, find a soul mate, have 2.2 kids. Instead, they make a pact to quit their jobs, leave behind everything familiar, and embark on a yearlong round-the-world search for inspiration and direction. Traveling 60,000 miles across four continents, Jen, Holly, and Amanda push themselves far outside their comfort zones to embrace every adventure. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true friendship-a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, trekking across mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between. My Review: Jen, Holly, and Amanda have decided to leave New York and take a 60,000 mile around-the-world journey that will take them across four continents and more than twelve countries. They’re calling themselves: “The Lost Girls”, a term which describes their uncertainty about the future and an emotional state they feel represents many in their generation. They committed to spending one year of their late 20’s to wander the globe. Jen was giving up her marketing coordinator job for a music television network and both Amanda and Holly were giving up their cutthroat magazine jobs. By the time they pack up to leave on their whirlwind tour, all the girls are turning 28-years-of-age. They make stops in Salvador, Brazil; Maasai Village, Oronkai, Kenya; Kiminini, Kenya (where they volunteered for a month to work for the ‘Common Ground Program’, a grassroots non-governmental organization that houses a primary school called: ‘Pathway Academy’ that serves hundreds of children, many who are orphans or have at least one parent dead or seriously ill); Lima, Peru where they hiked the 26 mile long Inca Trail which has an altitude of 14,000 feet; an Indian Ashram; and New Zealand to name a few. They make some great friends along the way and even meet someone who’s from New York! This was a most enjoyable read and during certain parts of their trip, I wish I had of been with them! This would make a great movie!!
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Literary travel at its best! I really enjoyed this true story about 3 girls at various stages of their lives in New York City, and their seemingly daunting task to take some time off work and plan a round-the-world trip. Not something that everyone can do, but when you read this book you will start to wonder if you might be able to do the same. Jennifer, Holly and Amanda generally stayed in backpackers' hostels and were able to enjoy all different aspects of each country while on somewhat of a budget. The way they wrote from each perspective about their travels through each continent was well-detailed. I almost felt as if I was along for the ride with them. They had some trials and tribulations along the way but found their way out gracefully and enjoyed the trip without letting their egos get in the way - not an easy task if you are travelling for a long period of time. Well done! I hope to see more of their stories in the future!
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! I was skeptical about this book from reading reviews on other sites, but after reading, i am so glad i decided to give it a chance! This story is a true story about 3 girls about to hit their 30's and they all feel lost. All living in the big bustling city of Manhattan,NY, each girl is in a steady job, either in a relationship or looking for one. Working long days and nights and feeling like their lives were doomed to stay the same forever they decided to leave everything they know behind them and set out together on a one year trip around the world. They travel through countries and across almost all the continents visiting places in South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. With many great memories and lots of great stories, we follow their lives through good and bad, the happy the sad, and through heartbreak and love. I am so glad i read this book, and it has inspired me to want to travel more!
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! What an amazing and inspiring book! Makes me want to do the same thing that these adventerous gals did and travel around the world! Warning: will give you an intense case of the travel bug!!
Date published: 2011-01-04

– More About This Product –

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.

by Jennifer Baggett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.74 in

Published: May 3, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061689068

ISBN - 13: 9780061689062

About the Book

As made famous in the popular Lost Girls blog, three twenty-something friends at a crossroads make a pact to quit their high-pressure New York media jobs; leave their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar behind; and embark on a yearlong backpacking adventure around the world.

From the Publisher

Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads. They''re feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones-scoring a big promotion, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids-before they reach their early thirties. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, they decide it''s now or never to do something daring. Unable to gain perspective in fast-paced Manhattan, the three twentysomethings quit their coveted media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to travel the globe. Dubbing themselves the Lost Girls, they embark on an epic yearlong search for inspiration and direction.

As they journey 60,000 miles across four continents and more than a dozen countries, Jen, Holly, and Amanda step far outside of their comfort zones, embracing every adventure and experience the world has to offer-shooting blowguns with Yagua elders in the Amazon, learning capoeira on the beaches of Brazil, volunteering with preteen girls at a school in rural Kenya, hiking with Hmong villagers in Vietnam, and driving through Australia in a psychedelic camper van. Along the way, the Lost Girls find not only themselves but also a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood-a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, fending off aggressive street vendors, trekking across rivers and over mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.

This candid and compelling memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt the desire to spread her wings and discover the world with her best friends by her side.

About the Author

Jen, Holly, and Amanda are at a crossroads. They're feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones—scoring a big promotion, finding a soul mate, having 2.2 kids—before they reach their early thirties. When personal challenges force them to reevaluate their lives, they decide it's now or never to do something daring. Unable to gain perspective in fast-paced Manhattan, the three twentysomethings quit their coveted media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to travel the globe. Dubbing themselves the Lost Girls, they embark on an epic yearlong search for inspiration and direction. As they journey 60,000 miles across four continents and more than a dozen countries, Jen, Holly, and Amanda step far outside of their comfort zones, embracing every adventure and experience the world has to offer—shooting blowguns with Yagua elders in the Amazon, learning capoeira on the beaches of Brazil, volunteering with preteen girls at a school in rural Kenya, hiking with Hmong villagers in Vietnam, and driving through Australia in a psychedelic camper van. Along the way, the Lost Girls find not only themselves but also a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood—a bond forged by sharing beds and backpacks, enduring exotic illnesses, fending off aggressive street vendors, trekking across rivers and over mountains, and standing by one another through heartaches, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between. This candid an
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Editorial Reviews

?...[W]hen it comes to travel (and most other things), a goal is a dream with a deadline, but the Lost Girls have gone one step further?.The best travel adventures, the most memorable experiences happen when things don?t go according to plan. That?s why I love this book.? (Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News)