About Down and Out
Down and Out is a travel company designed for people who find the world a fascinating place and who feel the irrepressible need to live life to the fullest. Founded by adventure travel author Wendy Dale, the company offers its travelers the chance to experience a culture first hand and to mingle with the locals.
Sometimes this means enduring a small amount of discomfort. But it's good for you. And fun too.
About Wendy Dale
Wendy Dale is the author of the travel memoir Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals: Adventures in Love and Danger (Crown, 2003). She is also the co-writer of a television special titled “The New Adventures of Mother Goose,” which was nominated for an Emmy. Her articles and essays have appeared in Mental Floss, Utne Reader and on Public Radio International. She majored in geography at UCLA and later studied film in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She currently lives in Copacabana, Bolivia with her husband Helder Ychu. For information on her on-line writing classes, visit http://www.geniusmemoirwriting.com
Wendy Dale lived in Peru from the age of four to the age of seven. She was born in Arizona to American parents and currently holds dual U.S.-Bolivian citizenship. She has spent a third of her life in Latin America (Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Colombia) and has lived in California, Tennessee, South Carolina, Minnesota, Montana, and Germany. Please don't ask her where she is from. If you do, she will probably tell you "Los Angeles," the place she lived the longest (18 years).
Wendy with her Amazon parrot Soren in Copacabana, 2014.
Praise for Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals
"Mix David Sedaris, Lucille Ball, and a fifth of tequila in a blender [and] you get Wendy Dale, who is quite possibly the funniest travel writer since Homer. But strain off the foamy giggles and you’re left with a raw, smart, and passionate woman in search of herself and awestruck at the beauty of even the ugliest corners of the earth."
– Deborah C. Kogan, author of Shutterbabe
– Vogue Magazine
– Outside Magazine
"With grace, charm and abundant humor, Dale narrates her meandering story of a childhood regained, ‘a chance to make rash decisions, to take wild risks, to lose everything knowing I’d still have plenty of time to earn it all back.’"
– Time Out New York
"This is a very smart, very funny book. Wendy Dale is an extremely talented writer who can make even the scariest vacation sound like a good time. I’m off to buy a new suitcase and a few extra passports right now."
– Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids
"This is a wonderful book – not a subversive treatise on rule-breaking as the title might suggest, but a witty, insightful memoir of a young woman from an offbeat, though well-traveled family."