As a complete bookworm, I have found that my preference in genres has gone through phases over the years. As I’ve realized my passion for travel, my book interests have correlated with that passion. Even within the “Travel” genre however, there are many sub-genres and topics, and I am trying to cover them all, even though I currently seem to be stuck on those that center around the basic idea of quitting your job and all responsibilities and moving to a dream location and going through some amazing life experience and all your problems melt away. Sound familiar? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert comes to mind, as does Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Now I’ve read these books. I’ve seen the movies. I know there’s a lot more to it than that, but you get the gist of it.
Read below to see my list of travel books, what I recommend (or don’t recommend), and some short reviews or suggestions. As always, please leave your suggestions for me so maybe I can branch out of my sub-genre comfort zone and try something new!
Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America by Brian Benson
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert (Introduction)
Archipelago by Monique Roffey
Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World by Holly Morris
Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost
Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor