I COULD LIVE HERE: A Travel Memoir of Home and Belonging

by Ellen Barone.

At "home" in Mexico.

At "home" in Mexico.

At a personal and professional crossroads, in the spring of 2011 my husband and I set off on a multi-year journey through Latin America in search of a life we couldn’t yet articulate. 

Though the story ventures across the Americas from Mexico and Nicaragua to Ecuador and Peru, the real journey is an internal one; one that inspires the realization that home is more than a physical place on a map or a house filled with memories and possessions.

With an open heart and introspective spirit, in I Could Live Here I take readers along on a gradual and deliberate journey of discovery, revealing the pleasures and perils of learning to live a different kind of life. One that’s driven strongly by freedom and which confronts real and complex emotions.

Trading routine and security for the simplicity of an itinerant existence, we learn to relax and let go, to replace annoyance with respect, frustration with patience, judgment with acceptance, and uncertainty with trust.

I Could Live Here is a gentle story told with honest warmth about reconciling the longing to stay with the lure of leaving and how to feel rooted, deeply and firmly, anywhere.


Do you dream of living abroad? Check out my 10 field-tested tips for successfully navigating a move at Yahoo Travel: "How To Live Abroad: A Nomad's Guide to Home Loose Living. 

Read an adapted excerpt,  'What if We Didn't Go Home,' now online at YourLifeIsATrip.com.