Marianne C. Bohr has been married for over 30 years to her high school sweetheart and travel partner, has a grown son and daughter and is the eldest of 11 children. She started her career working for the French National Railroad (the SNCF) in New York, selling Eurail passes and mapping itineraries for American travelers to Europe. She has her MBA; was Senior Vice President of a book publishing and distribution company; served on association boards; traveled across the US many times a month on business; attended international book fairs and taught national workshops every year; handled multi-million dollar budgets; ran sales conferences; and, managed a large staff.
However, at age 55, all she really wanted was to drop out of the corporate rat race to take a gap year abroad and return to the US to teach French. The pressures of the book business had taken their toll on her energy, spirit and creativity and she’d known for several years it was time to move on to some unscripted travel and unadulterated adventure.
And so leave the business world she did.
Marianne and her husband took a yearlong sabbatical to travel across Europe and Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries, is the book she wrote over the course of their journey. She is now a teacher of middle school French and a freelance writer and editor whose article on her gap year, The Year of Living Spontaneously, ran in Bethesda Magazine. She’s written extensively on the book business and has been an editor for a broad spectrum of writers, from architects to designers, children’s writers to medical researchers, novelists to memoirists, and of course, travel writers.
Marianne was interviewed by NPR correspondent Laurie McAndish King at a travel writer’s conference. Listen here.