2019 BEN FRANKLIN AWARDS SILVER WINNER
2018 BEST BOOKS AWARDS FINALIST
Loaded with hilarious mishaps, as well as meaningful revelations, Excess Baggage chronicles the Carisch family's extraordinary 18-month adventure around the planet. As they navigate the trials and tribulations of international travel, the family encounters unique people and bizarre situations that teach them about themselves, each other, and the world. Tracey Carisch's candid and insightful account 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.
"This enlightening memoir is part Eat, Pray, Love and part National Lampoon's Vacation. Funny, fast-paced, and adventurous while also deep and thought-provoking, this book will be a great read for all parents trying to keep up in the modern family rat race."
~ Travis Long, Director/Screenwriter
“Reading this story will make you want to discard the literal and figurative clutter in your life in exchange for a more simple and meaningful existence. I haven’t felt this inspired and challenged since reading Walden.”
~Alison Lebovitz, Host of The A List
2019 Silver Winner - Ben Franklin Awards Travel Category
2018 Finalist - Best Book Awards Narrative Nonfiction
HONEST, AUTHENTIC, HEARTWARMING AND SOMETIMES HILARIOUS STORYTELLING MADE THIS MY FAVORITE BOOK I’VE READ IN A LONG TIME.
~ Dave, Amazon Reviewer
"Tracey Carisch tells her story with such honesty and laugh out loud humor. It’s inspiring, extremely relatable, funny, and so beautifully descriptive. This book moves quickly from adventure to adventure, and ensures you will not be bored!"
~ Daniele, Amazon reviewer
PRAISE FOR EXCESS BAGGAGE
"Beneath the brilliant writing and surprise encounters, is a beautiful soul. A woman who is willing to go to the ends of the earth, literally, to find meaning for herself, her husband and her children…. And the best part is, Carisch is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at times."
~ Amy, Amazon reviewer
"I laughed. I cried. Through it all, I could relate to this captivating memoir. The stories shared from the travel experience underpin the real journey of self-discovery and the search for a new normal."
~ Ronna-Renee Jackson, Launchpoint Leadership
A photo gallery for each chapter of the book brings Tracey's memoir to life through the breathtaking photography of the family's journey. Each compilation of images introduces the reader to the places, people, and adventures recounted throughout the book.