Excess Baggage with Tracey Carisch
When a frazzled working mom finds herself staggering through a turbulent midlife crisis, she and husband launch their family out of the rat race and into an around-the-world expedition—a remarkable journey that gives them a new understanding of the world and their place in it.
Tracey Carisch thought she had it all. As a wife, mother, and successful executive, she seemed to be living the modern American dream. But one night, a panic attack sent her tumbling into an existential crisis and questioning everything about her life. That’s when she and her husband made a decision that shocked their family and friends: they sold everything they owned, pulled their three young daughters out of school, and became a family of wandering globetrotters. Loaded with hilarious mishaps as well as deeply meaningful revelations, Excess Baggage chronicles the Carisch family’s extraordinary, eighteen-month adventure across six continents. As they navigate the trials and tribulations of international travel, the family encounters unique people and bizarre situations that teach them about the world—and themselves. Carisch’s candid and insightful account of her family’s journey will have you laughing out loud, shedding a few tears, and bringing the lessons of family travel into your own life . . . without ever having to leave home.
Tracey Carisch is an international speaker and the author of Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance. Her funny and insightful memoir chronicles her family's nomadic, 18-month journey, in which they shed the stress of their busy, over-scheduled life and found a new perspective through international travel. Tracey's talks share the lessons her family learned on their journey, as well as the adjustments they've made since being back home in the United States.