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Susan Merrill Thomas lives to travel. After 32 years of teaching high school literature and traveling with her family during school breaks, Susan was suddenly a divorced, retired empty-nester with an unclear road ahead. With a limited budget and an entire world to explore, she embraced solo travel. Her insights go beyond the standard guidebooks with useful information for fellow travelers and armchair tourists, providing reflections on many less-touristed destinations as well as retirement, living alone, and embracing new experiences.
Susan lives near Flint, Michigan. She grew up in Princeton, NJ, graduated from Michigan State University, and has a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She taught AP English at Grand Blanc High School. In 2011 she traveled to Mexico, Italy, Greece, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and New Jersey.
on March 26, 2012 :
I write as a former student of Susan's. The book is a very enjoyable and relaxing read. As I read, I could hear and see the same person who had taught me AP English. The book, I found, is true to the writer. The other compelling aspect of the work is the amazing description. It's not just the sights; it's food, sounds, people, taste! The reader is drawn into a very vivid and colorful experience. In all, I found it to be a great tale and example of self redemption: letting go of the past, and reconstructing one's life in a creative and empowering manner, while staying true to one's self.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)