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New York Times best-selling author, humorist, and business owner Chris Brady has spent nearly 20 years teaching people about leadership and success, and now he has discovered a surprising fact that’s holding people back from reaching their full potential:

The (Lost) Art of Vacation

Vacation is a necessary, important aspect of living a fulfilled and productive life
– and most North Americans are blowing it!

  • 37% of people never take more than one week off at a time
  • only 14% ever take more than two weeks at a time
  • and a shocking 25% now take no vacation at all!


And what’s worse

  • 88% take electronic devices with them on vacation to stay in touch with work!


If you’re like most people, you probably don’t take vacations as much as you should, or the way you should!


Chris had to discover this for himself the hard way:

“I found myself losing patience with little things and snapping at people for no reason. My attitude was dipping, my enthusiasm was gone, and I had lost passion for what I was doing. In short, I had lost my edge!”

That’s what Chris did...he took his family (wife Terri and four young children) on a month long vacation to Italy!


He called it his “Radical Sabbatical.”


What he found:

Chris discovered what he now calls “The Lost Art of Vacation” and the principles for taking restorative breaks in life.


What he accomplished as a result:

  • wrote a best selling book
  • co-wrote another with good friend Orrin Woodward
  • relocated his family home to a different state (a decision he’d debated for almost a decade)
  • launched a multi-million dollar company with seven of his best friends


Chris attributes all these accomplishments to the clarity and recharging he obtained while on his month long vacation!


And now, Chris tells you the whole story, in a way designed to help YOU achieve the following:

  • use vacations of all sizes and types as an ongoing source of peak performance
  • learn how a proper vacation should not just be rest but “restoration”
  • understand that sometimes you have to go slow in order to go fast
  • structure vacations as a strategic part of maximizing your achievements
  • use your money to buy memories instead of material things
  • realize that even the fastest race cars need pit stops
  • become a “prodigious noticer” of the smaller details in your life
  • discover the hidden beauty in the “spaces in between”
  • find a pattern of work and rest that works for you and help you stick to it
  • make room for and fall in love with the unexpected in your life
  • find your way by first losing it
  • carve out moments in your life that are entirely absent of “hurry”
  • feel alive by submerging yourself in different environments
  • discover a heightened enjoyment of good food and the social aspects of dining
  • learn to make friends with people of radically different backgrounds and cultures
  • travel to a place and actually “be there”
  • learn to find the fun in going off the beaten path
  • realize that travel is not as much about accommodations as adventure and discovery
  • consider that sometimes the best itinerary is not having one at all
  • discover that people are the most interesting aspect of travel
  • learn to actively “see” things for which you have long stopped noticing
  • realize that familiarity often disguises the subtlety of beauty
  • find that sometimes mistakes can take us right where we want to go
  • decompress by first decelerating
  • discover the joy in trying something new for the very first time
  • learn to create some of life’s biggest memories even when big things aren’t happening
  • discover that the best testament to one’s beliefs is one’s life
  • realize that imperfection is often a key ingredient in charm
  • reawaken to the fact that there are still places in the world with a true sense of community
  • understand that it is not so much what you accomplish but who you are as you live out the days of your life
  • discover anew that the urgent parts of your life are not nearly as important as you are sometimes led to believe


But It’s Entertaining, Too!

In A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation, Chris entertains as only he can, with fast-paced wit, keen insights, masterful storytelling, and gripping narrative that will spirit you away into the most intoxicating book you’ll read all year!


BUT more importantly, through delightful experiences, Chris will paint for you exactly what proper vacations will soon look like in your own life!


Chris went back to Italy and toughed it out under the Tuscan sun (I know, you feel sorry for him) to share even more of his helpful tips and life-changing observations in a video companion to the book!


This 1 hour DVD will help you:

  • understand the top 10 reasons people actually FEAR vacations, and what to do about it
  • learn to craft your own journeys
  • come to grips with your own particular optimum vacation style
  • overcome the top obstacles to proper vacations, such as time and money
  • build your dream of taking a radical sabbatical of your own by highlighting Italy’s attractions and the features of a long vacation
  • learn how to properly, strategically, and regularly take vacations in your life
  • learn how to shut off the electronics and “go dark”
  • understand the different types of breaks and how to use them effectively in your own life
  • determine the objectives you’d like to accomplish with your strategic breaks


Normally a $25 value, for a limited time Chris is including the A Month of Italy DVD absolutely FREE with a purchase of the soft-cover book!


WHY would he do this?

Why would he sell an already low priced ($15.95) book PLUS a $25 DVD (that’s a $40.95 value, for those of you who are math-challenged!) all for just $15.95?


Mostly because someone dared him to do it!


(In fact, Chris is a little worried about losing money on the deal because, well, let’s face it, author royalties aren’t that huge!)


BUT also because he is absolutely convinced you will improve your life by reading the book and watching the video...because... you will never think about vacations the same ever again!


INSTEAD you will make them a strategic part of your life’s success plan!


And you’ll learn to pump more fun into your life!


(AND because Chris wants somebody to read the book and this shameless free DVD give-away might just do the trick!)


And here’s a guarantee!


If you are not completely satisfied with the book and DVD, send them back within 30 days for a refund.




Now there’s not even any risk! (This is crazy! Who guarantees a book!?)


Send me the book and DVD now!
For only $15.95 plus shipping.

Chris is ugly and his cat
has fat ankles!

“This is one of the very best travel books I have ever read. period.”

-Harry Rohr



“A spell binding lesson in learning how to live again!”

-Art Jonak



“I'll read it again and again, and I'll read it on the plane on every vacation I ever go on. Don't leave home without it!”

-Oliver DeMille



“With humor, Brady shares the unbounded pleasure of vacationing!”

-Sharon Lechter



“A Month of Italy is a treat for veteran globetrotters and armchair travelers alike."

-Karen McCann



“One of the most entertaining books that I have ever read!”

-Joe Darkangelo



"Witty, funny, and, at points, downright hilarious!”

-Orrin Woodward



“I found myself fighting to put it down and waking up ready to read again.”

-Nicole Porter



“Extremely engaging and delightful—a well told story!”

-Chris Gross



“Matching the heartfelt instincts of ‘Daddy time’ with the childlike wonder of countless new locations and experiences.”

-Elizabeth Condelli



“Chris' style of writing is very captivating and humorous.”

-Turhan Berne



“I enjoyed the hell out of this book.”

-Vago Damitio



“A delightful and engaging read.”

-Diana Simon



"A beautiful story and pivotal idea for a book!"

-Richard Bliss Brooke



“When a book moves me to action, I know there was something special about it.”

-Jim Gemuend



“This is a book every traveler should read!”

-Guy Sottile



“With as much skill as is linguistically possible, Brady takes readers along.”

-Deborah Brady (no relation)



“Chris Brady is an extremely gifted writer.”

-Catherine J. Kilpatrick



“A masterpiece for feeding your subconscious mind.”

-Jamie Shaw



“Chris Brady shows that with proper play time, our work time is so much more effective. He has freed my spirit!”

-Jason Ashley



“Hard to put down!”

-Brandon Perry



“I highly recommend this book for anyone, and especially for those planning on a trip.”

-Chris Gillette



“This book is amazing. I cannot put it down.”

-Trinitydaks (Amazon Reviews)



“I couldnt put the book down, I kept laughing out loud and reading snippets to my husband. Chris is a very entertaining writer.”

-Deb R. (Amazon Reviews)



“An excellent learning thru laughter book!”

-Kelly Johnson



“I never learned so much while laughing so hard in my life!”

-KeyboardPounder (Amazon Reviewer)



“Everyone should read this book!”

-Artie (Amazon Reviews)



“A must read for those who love vacation! Also, those who never vacation need to read it!”

-Benny Pearson



“Truly a gifted writer!”

-Betty Kellenberger



“A must-read for those married to the workaholics and would like a professional yet humorous author to explain the importance of vacationing.”

-Mary O. (Amazon Reviews)



“While reading the book I could feel the tension in my neck loosen . . . .”

-MicheleP. (Amazon Reviews)



“It is jam packed full of funny, relateable scenarios and life lessons; lessons that will leave you reflecting on the more important things in life.”

-Jeanette Pike



“A definite must read!”

-J. Heintzinger



“I can't shut up about the book!”

-Randy Spence



“After reading this wonderful book, I'm not sure if I should be packing to head to Italy or if I just got back!”

-Dean Clouse



“A pleasure to read, and unlike any other book I have ever read.”

-Pat Tefel



“As enjoyable as the book is, underlying everything is the serious point of making sure we force the time off in our lives to decompress and create lasting memories whether we are in Italy or Indiana.”

-Johnny Mo



“This book will change your life!”

-Pawric (Amazon Reviews)



“This is such a fabulous book! You really feel like you are there with the author.”

-Misty Jaekel



“The ‘take-alongs and take-aways’ that Brady shares at the end of each chapter are helpful tips that can be applied whether playing Legos with your kids, enjoying an afternoon picnic at the park or a month in Italy.”

-Tracey Avereyn



“If this is a vacation handbook, he has redefined the vacation experience.”

-Johnny Mo



“This book will change your life!”

-Venkat Varada



“Simply a pleasure to read.”

-Stephen Palmer





Ok, we understand you may not want the book and DVD at this point, but how about Chris's eWorkbook called "Strategic Sabbaticals" for just $10? You can download the entire thing and have it immediately!


Yes, I'll take the eWorkbook now!
For only $10.00.

Chris is ugly and his cat
has fat ankles!

A Month Of Italy 


A Month Of Italy...

What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it too! Refreshingly relate-able in a genre previously populated by wealthy expats and Hollywood stars, this book chronicles an ordinary family taking an extraordinary trip, and most importantly, paves the way for you to take one of your own! With hilarious wit and fast-paced narrative, Brady thrills with honest commentary on what a "trip of a lifetime" actually feels like, and most endearingly, he succeeds in convincing you that not only should you take a similar one, but that you will! Within a few pages you'll be visualizing panoramic Tuscan vistas and breaking open the piggy bank, laughing as you turn the pages and dreaming of your own escape. This story is one of going slow in order to go fast; it’s about rediscovering and bringing back into favor a lost art, namely, the art of vacation, and it is, or rather should be, a story about you.

“This book is not so much about how to travel as how to live.” - - Orrin Woodward


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