Three friends at a crossroads in their twenties make a pact to quit their high pressure New York media jobs; leave their friends, boyfriends and everything familiar behind; and embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world.
With their 28th birthdays looming, Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner are quickly rocketing towards management positions, mortgages, and marriages . . . but all share a similar fear: Is this what they want, or what they think they should want? Feeling in serious need of perspective, they decide to leave it all behind, quit their jobs, and begin an epic search for meaning and enlightenment. Traveling 60,000 miles around the world, from the mountains and jungles of South America to the beaches of Australia, passing through Kenya, India, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand along the way, the trio will not only find themselves, but a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood-a bond forged by exotic illnesses, cockroach-infested trains, Maasai tribal initiation ceremonies, long distance break-ups, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.
This exciting and inspiring memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt a desire to stretch their wings, break out of their comfort zone, and discover the world.
Praise for The Lost Girls
“Warning. This book comes with potentially serious side effects, including chronic wanderlust; severe allergic reactions to the daily grind; and an incurable desire to toss that Blackberry down a sewer drain, grab a backpack, and embrace this amazing planet of ours. Three cheers to the Lost Girls for showing us, with good humor and graceful prose, the beauty and importance of leading life astray.”
- Franz Wisner, New York Times Bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother
“The Lost Girls captures the generational struggle so many twentysomethings face as they try to find their way with no clear map. I … found myself cheering as they discovered more than they could have bargained for.”
- Laura Dave, author of The Divorce Party
“A triumphant journey about losing yourself, finding yourself and coming home again. Hitch yourself to their ride: you’ll embark on a transformative journey of your own.”
- Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want and Time of My Life
“I’ve often said that when 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-they put many other goals on hold to pursue a much bigger one. They literally checked out of their homes, their conventional lives, their boyfriends, and checked out the world instead…without a wad of brochures or a traditional guidebook. The best travel adventures, the most memorable experiences happen when things don’t go according to plan. And that’s why I love this book.”
-Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News
“Brave, funny, and deeply moving, The Lost Girls is a real-life fairy tale for anyone who’s ever wanted to chuck it all and see the world with a best friend on each arm.”
- Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over
“For anyone-young or old, female or male-who has ever been tempted to trade in the rat race for the thrill and adventure of long-term global travel. And after reading this book, don’t be surprised if you want to do just that.”
- David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity
What our readers have to say:
Katie, Manhattan Attorney, 27:
“I LOVE IT. It’s so good, it’s making me want to quit my job and travel the world and meet random people and see third world countries. I’m not done yet, but I haven’t been able to put it down, except to frantically pull out the American Way magazine and flip to the map in the back in order to plan my round the world ticket. I had a bit of the travel bug before I started reading, and I’ve had a particularly hellish couple of weeks at work (and I’m doing work in Aruba) so the book has been like throwing gasoline on the fire. Can we please quit our jobs and travel the world? I’m only half kidding.”