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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Restless: Memoir of an Incurable Traveller by Heather J Hackett is an exciting journey where readers find themselves amid the diverse cultures of Asia, and discover the perfections and imperfections that exist in the different corners of our planet. Heather J Hackett's words and thoughts take readers into her restless world and will inspire them to examine their own choices and find value in new ideas. She makes traveling with kids an enjoyable experience. Heather’s intimate descriptions of living with a Thai family in Thailand, traveling in India, Burma, China, Taiwan and Japan, and taking the kids with them wherever they went reveals a series of interesting stories and expecting the unexpected while traveling.
The book is filled with nostalgia of the author’s travels. The narration is detailed, descriptive, and vivid, and captures the moments with clarity and perfection, taking readers right into the scenes. Heather captures the sights and sounds, essence, culture, and people of the area with expertise and highlights the importance of being a traveler rather than a tourist. The beauty of each country she has traveled through has been described with a lot of candor and enthusiasm that will make many readers want to pack their bags and travel to those places and experience what the author has experienced.
Heather also points out how different the world was then without the internet and smart phones, and her book gives confidence to everyone with kids to travel. The book is not just about traveling; it is about self-discovery, handling culture shock with confidence, and meeting locals as a traveler. It is a must-read for all travel enthusiasts, and will give them useful tips on how to go about exploring new places.