Couple to give talk on nomadic life, offer fresh look at historic Philadelphia

Calling anyone who likes to explore – whether across the globe or just across town. Join Penn State Great Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, for an evening of “travel talk” -- both near and far -- with travel writers Larissa and Michael Milne. The Milnes will share their tips on travel and living a nomadic life -- they've been on the road 3½ years -- along with the stories they unearthed while writing their newest book, "Philadelphia Liberty Trail," including:

-- The shocking story of Benjamin Franklin’s “electric turkey” experiment
-- The unsung Quaker woman who saved the American army from destruction
-- The church that in the 1790s was the precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement 

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be obtained at A book signing will be held after the presentation.

In 2011, Larissa and Michael Milne, a Philadelphia couple at a personal and professional crossroads, sold their house, left their jobs and jettisoned their personal belongings to take a 14-month trip around the world. The Milnes spoke at the Penn State Arts and Culture Series shortly after their return to America two years ago and shared stories of their transformative journey, which they also chronicled in a series in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on their award-winning blog, “Changes in Longitude.”

While continuing their adventure and growing their travel writing portfolio, the nomadic couple were approached in early 2014 by a publisher to write a guidebook about historic Philadelphia. But what could be written about the “most historic square mile in America” that hasn’t already been said for decades? It turns out, plenty.

Their new book, "Philadelphia Liberty Trail: Trace the Path of America’s Heritage," takes visitors beyond the “greatest hits” of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to reveal the people and lesser known events that created America. Using tips and techniques they’ve developed in exploring destinations on six continents, the Milnes created an easy to follow walking trail that inspires visitors to discover the historic district in a new way.

Learn more about Larissa and Michael’s adventures on their travel blog at