Read About Our Adventure!


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A Life Without Borders: By sailboat, planes, train, and RV, a funny and inspiring tale of a family’s quest to escape the boundaries of their ordinary life


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Customer Reviews on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 11, 2013
By Sharon
“Ok this book was great I laughed till my sides hurt and cried at the end”
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read!, May 28, 2013
I read A Life Without Birders in two days; I just could not put it down! Carla’s stories made me feel like I was on the catamaran right alongside her family. Her accounts of different locations, cultures, and people reignited my desire to travel to new, exotic locations. A Life Without Borders is a captivating adventure tale reminding readers of the importance of family.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Adventure, July 28, 2013
Carol – 
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This book left me wanting to read more. I truly enjoyed reading about the BeDell’s adventures and the different countries they visited. Through the author’s great sense of humor and art of storytelling, you felt you were right there with them. I applaud their leap of faith in giving up their old life to reconnect as a family and enjoy life’s challenges as a family.

A must read for every parent, it makes you realize how we let everyday life and monetary things get in the way of really being a family and appreciating life.
I hope the author will write another book about returning home and dealing with the everyday challenges that it brings.

You will laugh out loud as you read the inspiring true story of a family who abandoned their crazy, stress-filled days to live a life of adventure.Carla and Dan were living what was supposed to be the American dream—the big house, successful corporate careers, and two young, wonderful children. But it all came at a cost—the constant stress of the weekly morning race to work and school, the tired weekends, a family headed in different directions, the struggle to keep it all together as effortlessly as everyone else seemed to be doing, and the overwhelming fear that the struggle to live this life was costing them a life of happiness.

They knew they had to make a dramatic change, so over the objections of family, friends, and co-workers, that’s what they did—they made a big change.

Though not proficient sailors, they sold their house and most of their possessions, bought a sailboat, and with their six-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son, left on a four-year adventure.

“Everything that defined who we were was gone. Now it was time to find out who we are.”

They sailed down the Caribbean, battling the fears of storms, pirates, and homeschooling. Surviving those things and more, the foursome were not only surprised to still be talking to each other, but were inspired by how strong they had become as a team. Encouraged and emboldened, they left their sailboat in Aruba and backpacked through South America where they:

• Fought off biting ants in the Amazon
• Reveled in the beauty of Machu Picchu
• Observed penguins in Chile
• Hiked to a glacier on top of a volcano in Ecuador
• Stood star-struck in the remoteness of the Atacama Desert

Wanderlust still not satisfied, their expedition branched out to the US. The family crossed the country by train and RV, where they became schooled in the art of RV parking by German tourists and learned the dangers of mistaking a fellow camper for a potato chip eating bear.

The best part of their odyssey was connecting with other cultures and reconnecting as a family, learning they will always be stronger when they are together.

Whether you can sail a boat, ride a bus, take a train, or just cross the street, Carla and her family will inspire you to live a life without borders.

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  1. The Dose of Reality says:

    I cannot WAIT to read your book! It was so wonderful meeting you this weekend. I’ve told everyone I know about your story and your book! –Lisa

  2. So awesome!!!
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  3. WOW Congrats!
    I can imagine how much love and passions you poured into this book.
    Would love to read it one day :)

  4. Way to go on the fantastic reviews!
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  5. Carla, this book sounds amazing. It’s going on my list of must-reads. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog home on my SITS day this past Monday. Following your adventures on G+ and Facebook now. :)
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  6. Hi Carla, I just purchased your book on amazon. I can’t wait to read about your adventures. How exciting! This is something most people only dream of doing or in a lot of cases would never dream of doing. I’m not sure my family would make it. I’m too neurotic.
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  7. Wow, I fantasize about doing what you did! I can’t wait to read your book. Inspiring.
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  8. Carla, I finally finished the book on the plane ride home from Annapolis. I have to say I had a few tears in my eyes at the ending of your wonderful story. Thanks for sharing our booth with us at the US Sailboat Show. I hope our paths cross again in the future. Please say hi to Dan.

  9. Congrats on your book and the great reviews you recieved!
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  10. Hello fellow SITS-ah, CONGRATS on the book, that is tres cool!
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    • Thank you so much. It was a childhood dream of mine to write a book, so I am glad I got the chance to fulfill it! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Congratulations on the book!
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  12. This sounds like a great book! What a fun time.

  13. This looks fantastic! Congrats on writing and publishing a book – it’s no easy feat. And your adventures look like something I dream about doing with my children…
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  14. I’d love to swap books with you! And reviews, if interested! Yours sounds wonderful. Congratulations on getting published!
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  15. How can I follow your adventures on WordPress alone? It’s an amazing thing you did.

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