TRAVEL RELATED READS
Reading is my favorite pastime. I read every single day, and I can’t fall asleep without a story. I am forever searching for the next good book, and it’s no surprise that some of my favorite stories are travel related. It doesn’t matter if it’s a memoir, fiction, or history, I love being transported by books.
A few years ago, I decided to forgo typical souvenirs and bring home a book from each country I visit. This practice helps to avoid impulse purchases, makes packing easy, and adds to my ever-growing library. I cherish these books, and they will always remind me of a specific time and place. I normally read the book after returning home, when I’m feeling a little nostalgic.
In addition to these purchases, I read non-stop when I’m on the road. I like to mix up genres but depending on my location and mood, I find myself continuously drawn to books that feed into my wanderlust. Below are a few of my favorite stories, and some that I plan on devouring in the near future.
THE ALCHEMIST- An inspirational story of a young boy who follows his dreams, despite continuous doubts and setbacks, to see the world outside of his home. The simple lessons he learns along the way shape his life and future.
WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING- The title says it all. A raucous account of the author’s international travels, love life, and career. It’s a look into a non-traditional path to love, lined with questionable decisions and memorable experiences.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN- I read this on my flight to Istanbul, after watching the movie years earlier. It follows the true story of a very young con man that travels the world committing forgeries and avoiding the authorities. He is a charming and lovable character, and you find yourself cheering for the criminal throughout the book.
LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING- Traveling solo can sometimes be a little lonely, and there is nothing better (or worse) for the travel blues than a book about love and adventure. With a crippling fear of the ocean, the leading lady sets off sailing across the world.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS- An adventure classic to get you in the mood for travel. Full of interesting characters, exciting destinations, and a race to beat the clock.
EAT PRAY LOVE- Do I really need to say more? This is the book that originally introduced me to long-term solo female travel.
I MARRIED ADVENTURE- If the house is burning, I’ll crawl out clutching this book. Not only does it look great on a bookshelf, but the leading couple, more specifically the author, were pioneers in nature photography and video. They traveled and lived in unknown lands, risking their lives to document the cultures and animals they encountered.
WILD- After my trek to Machu Picchu, I chose this book about a woman walking the Pacific Coast Trail as a fitting finale to my trip. Underprepared and emotionally broken, the main character heals after her mother’s death while walking over a 1000 miles.
WOMEN TRAVELERS- More of a coffee table book than novel, this tome profiles incredible women who have bucked the system. They led nomadic lives and traveled the world on their own terms.
The six books above are what's next on my reading list. I'm currently working on In A Sunburned Country about the author's visits to Australia. I think I'll head to Alaska next. What are you reading, any inspiring books on the nightstand?