Four Homeless Millionaires: How one family found riches by leaving everything behind by Rik LeafFour Homeless Millionaires: How one family found riches by leaving everything behind by Rik Leaf

Four Homeless Millionaires: How one family found riches by leaving everything behind

byRik Leaf

Paperback | April 1, 2015

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In the throes of a global recession, Rik and Zara Leaf sold their house and spent a year traveling around the world with their son Zion, and daughter Riel, investing their life savings in a laugh out loud adventure of a lifetime. The family filmed horror movies in Canada, ate mafia-made pizza in Germany, got caught sneaking onto a Hollywood set in Hawaii, survived a feral dog attack in Malaysia and dorsal fins emerging from the surf as they swam off the Australian coast.  The thought of abandoning conventional wisdom and getting away with it was too exciting to pass up. Of course, the decision to really 'go for it' involved lots of anxious 'what ifs' and 'are we out of our frigging minds?' Throughout the year they produced a videos series called, "Where in the World are Zion & Riel?" QR codes linked to these videos are included in the book, creating an amazing interactive reading experience. 
Title:Four Homeless Millionaires: How one family found riches by leaving everything behindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Promontory PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927559901

ISBN - 13:9781927559901

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic family travel adventure A gut-busting, laugh-out-loud adventure that follows the meandering and loveable Leaf family on their year-long, globe-trotting adventure. Mr. Leaf's writing style is crisp, witty and highly self-deprecating, yet still manages to bring foreign lands vividly to life with a thoughtful and (usually) mature perspective. This is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in travel, escape, adventure, or just plain fun.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! An amazing book about an amazing trip taken by a family of two parents and two kids who sold everything, even their house, so they could travel.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely hilarious I laughed out loud three times before I finished the first chapter. And the fun just kept on coming. Written with delicious wit and a keen sense of self-deprecation, this story spans four continents and a lifetime of adventure packed into a single year. Entertaining on all levels.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rik Leaf meets Chevy Chase A hilarious and perspective expanding portrayal of a family of five on a year’s adventure spanning four continents. A delight for accidental tourists or those needing a nudge to the heart to head for the open road of their longing. While most stay safely anchored to routine Rik Leaf and his family think nothing (well maybe a passing thought of trepidation or two) of risking the possibility of a world expanding experience of people, places and serendipity. All told with Leaf’s eye for situation and his National Lampoon reverence.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who hasn't yearned at one time or another to pack up and fly away... Who hasn't yearned at one time or another to pack up and fly away to destinations and adventures unknown? If you're feeling restless, this richly entertaining book will sweep you away and delightfully satisfy your wanderlust.
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get off the couch and go! OMG! This family did what I've never had the courage to do--throw off the shackles of regular life and do some round-the-world exploring. Some of their adventures were way TOO scary for me to attempt, but I laughed and cried through the book (some tears of fear, others of total enjoyment). What I found most interesting, however, was how these intrepid four changed over the course of their travels. Now to screw up my own courage to do something--perhaps not quite so mind-boggling--similar. Great story. So encouraging.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild adventure with a family circling the world. LOL fun. Join Rik Leaf and his family set out on a rollicking one year adventure circling the world. For a man who is clumsy, accident prone, and with a wild imagination that runs to the morbid and fearful, Rik manages some amazing exploits. His wife Kara keeps him balanced, not that she's straight-laced, not at all. The kids, 13 year old Zion and 9 year old Riel are silly, maddening, and all round good sports. Rik recounts their trip and the wonderful people and places they visit. You'll LOL at their exploits.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich beyond anyone's wildest imagination! Let me set the scene. We’re in the travel van, camping on the west coast. I’ve got a head-reading light on, you know the kind, it is sort of like a miner’s helmet without the helmet. I am using this because my wife is asleep and I don’t want to turn on the glaring plastic covered twelve volt sorry excuse for illumination that is over our heads. She’s comfortably dozing off and I am reading. Everything is working out fine, that is until... I try to stifle my laughter and swallow my guffaws but this turns out to be impossible— my wife wakes up and I realize that this is going to have to be a day time read. Four Homeless Millionaires is Stephen Leacock funny; it is Mark Twain hilarious. And just as those two venerated authors infuse their stories with important life and social messages so, too, does Rik Leaf. The book is a story of discovery, of family bonding, and of life enjoyment. It is about reaching into the earth and appreciating what it has to offer. Yeah, the language is slightly edgy from time to time but this is not a detraction; rather, it adds to the mirth. And while the most conservative readers might surface the ‘irresponsibility’ objection, the exact opposite is true. The family may not have had deep pockets and for a year chose to walk a different path, but in the various settings they discovered important things about themselves and each other and the world we live in. While in that process they became rich beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. They were, in fact, Four Homeless Millionaires. This book is highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-04-14