Review: Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America

Book Review: Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America, by Janet LoSole, 5 stars


Embarking on a homeschooling field trip to Central America is stressful enough, but add in perilous bridge crossings, trips to the hospital, and a lack of women's underwear, and you have the makings of an Adventure by Chicken Bus.

Buckling under a mountain of debt, Janet LoSole and her family are at their wits' end. Determined to make a drastic change, they sell all worldly possessions and hit the road. With only a few items of clothing, a four-person tent, and little else, the family visits a sleepy island backwater in Costa Rica to save endangered sea turtles. In Panama, they bounce around like turnips in the back of a vegetable truck to reach an isolated monkey sanctuary. In Guatemala, they scale the ancient Mayan temples of Tikal. 

In between tales of begging rides from total strangers and sleeping overnight in the jungle with an indigenous family, Janet endorses community-based travel--supporting local businesses and favoring public transportation called chicken buses. She also writes candidly about what it takes to travel long-term with two little girls amid the chaos of border crossings, erratic drivers, and creepy crawlies lurking at the edge of the jungle.

Genre: non-fiction

Publication date: March 2020

Mature content: no

Review: I loved this book. It tells the story of an outstanding and unique family journey - the journey of a lifetime. Hats off to the family, especially to the children, for managing to complete this trip. When I think of my kids and how much they complain whenever we spend a day outdoors, I really believe Jocelyn and Natalie are truly brave, well behaved, amazing girls. 


The whole book made me smile - except the scarier parts, like when they cross a dilapidated bridge into Panama - and over all it's a great read: inspirational and educational at the same time, as you learn about things that will never show up in any tourist guide. 

Totally recommended.  

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

 Happy readings!

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