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Four Homeless Millionaires

4.73 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

$17.95 $12.57


by Rik Leaf

In the throes of a global recession, Rik and Zara Leaf sold their house and spent a year traveling around the world with their son Zion, and daughter Riel, investing their life savings in a laugh out loud adventure of a lifetime.

The family filmed horror movies in Canada, ate mafia-made pizza in Germany, got caught sneaking onto a Hollywood set in Hawaii, survived a feral dog attack in Malaysia and dorsal fins emerging from the surf as they swam off the Australian coast.

The thought of abandoning conventional wisdom and getting away with it was too exciting to pass up. Of course, the decision to really ‘go for it’ involved lots of anxious ‘what ifs’ and ‘are we out of our frigging minds?’

Throughout the year they produced a videos series called, “Where in the World are Zion & Riel?” QR codes linked to these videos are included in the book, creating an amazing interactive reading experience.

Book Information

Book Information

Edition Paperback
ISBN 978-1-927559-90-1
Book Size 6X9
Number of pages 300
Published Date 04-2015

Reviews (11)

11 reviews for Four Homeless Millionaires

  1. 5 out of 5


    An amazing book about an amazing trip taken by a family of two parents and two kids who sold everything, even their house, so they could travel.

    – Pearl R. Meaker, author of the “Emory Crawford” mystery series

  2. 5 out of 5


    This was a fun book. The perfect book to take on holiday. I enjoyed his sense of humour. One of the things I loved was that Rik didn’t poke fun at other people. just himself. And it was interesting to have the videos as well.

    – Val Walton

  3. 5 out of 5


    This book is laugh-out-loud funny, inspiring and heartfelt, filled with the dazzling true stories of an incredible family on an incredible journey! Rik is a wonderful story teller who naturally colors his narrative with his unique zest, wit and flare. You feel like you’re right there along side this young, adventurous family as they boldly trot the globe, and like you too must drop everything and buy a one-way ticket to everywhere to live this life. Prepare to seriously fall in love with his kids.

    – Emily, Goodreads reviewer

  4. 5 out of 5


    A gut-busting, laugh-out-loud adventure that follows the meandering and loveable Leaf family on their year-long, globe-trotting adventure. Mr. Leaf’s writing style is crisp, witty and highly self-deprecating, yet still manages to bring foreign lands vividly to life with a thoughtful and (usually) mature perspective. This is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in travel, escape, adventure, or just plain fun.

    – Bennett R. Coles, author of the “Virtues of War” trilogy

  5. 5 out of 5


    This is a fun and hilarious book about a family of four who did the unthinkable – sold everything and travelled the world! Living out of backpacks and somehow managing to hold on to all the LEGO pieces within across five continents, Rik, Zara, Zion and Riel showed what life can really be like when you just let go of your cares and embrace the adventure. A fabulous read.

    – Heather Westing, author of “A Lesson in Love”

  6. 5 out of 5


    Rik is as amazing a storyteller in conversation and performing as he in his writing! Four Homeless Millionaires is witty, insightful, inspiring and hilarious! “‘Wow Mom, you’re really attacking your food with your face.’ As we all laughed, he turned to me. ‘You should write that down.'”

    He has fabulously passed on his very personal, ridiculous and courageous stories of letting go, leaving everything behind and finding true riches in the craziest of places and moments around the world. Highly recommended to everyone looking for lots of light and love in this often dark and heavy world! “Grinning like a Cheshire cat, I sit behind the wheel, basking in their dirty little limericks and my own discovery, that right now, this is my life and I love it.”

    – Ruth Stadelmayer

  7. 5 out of 5


    Let me set the scene. We’re in the travel van, camping on the west coast. I’ve got a head-reading light on, you know the kind, where it is sort of like a miner’s helmet without the helmet. I am using this because my wife is asleep and I don’t want to turn on the glaring plastic covered twelve volt sorry excuse for illumination that is over our heads. She’s comfortably dozing off and I am reading. Everything is working out fine, that is until… I try to stifle my laughter and swallow my guffaws but this turns out to be impossible— my wife wakes up and I realize that this is going to have to be a day time read.

    Four Homeless Millionaires is Stephen Leacock funny; it is Mark Twain hilarious. And just as those two venerated authors infuse their stories with important life and social messages so, too, does Rik Leaf. The book is a story of discovery, of family bonding, and of life enjoyment. It is about reaching into the earth and appreciating what it has to offer. Yeah, the language is slightly edgy from time to time but this is not a detraction; rather, it adds to the mirth. And while the most conservative readers might surface the ‘irresponsibility’ objection, the exact opposite is true. The family may not have had deep pockets and for a year chose to walk a different path, but in the various settings they discovered important things about themselves and each other and the world we live in. While in that process they became rich beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. They were, in fact, Four Homeless Millionaires. This book is highly recommended.

    Randy Kaneen, author of “In Search of Sticks”

  8. 4 out of 5


    OMG! This family did what I’ve never had the courage to do–throw off the shackles of regular life and do some round-the-world exploring. Some of their adventures were way TOO scary for me to attempt, but I laughed and cried through the book (some tears of fear, others of total enjoyment).

    What I found most interesting, however, was how these intrepid four changed over the course of their travels. Now to screw up my own courage to do something–perhaps not quite so mind-boggling–similar. Great story. So encouraging.

    Kate Vale, winner of the Chatelaine award for contemporary women’s fiction

  9. 4 out of 5


    A hilarious and perspective expanding portrayal of a family of five on a year’s adventure spanning four continents. A delight for accidental tourists or those needing a nudge to the heart to head for the open road of their longing. While most stay safely anchored to routine Rik Leaf and his family think nothing (well maybe a passing thought of trepidation or two) of risking the possibility of a world expanding experience of people, places and serendipity. All told with Leaf’s eye for situation and his National Lampoon reverence.

    – Robin Dyke, author of “Lasting, Leaving, Left”

  10. 5 out of 5


    Who hasn’t yearned at one time or another to pack up and fly away to destinations and adventures unknown? If you’re feeling restless, this richly entertaining book will sweep you away and delightfully satisfy your wanderlust.

    – Lisa-Scarlett Cruji, author of The “How Did You Die?” Show

  11. 4 out of 5


    An interesting tale of a family situation where the journey of life is everything and the growth of those in the story bring some unexpected lessons. There is some fun in this one.

    – Yuan Jur, author of the “Citadel 7” series

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