There has been something in the air recently where everyone is just aching to travel. I don’t know, maybe it’s the year-long pandemic, but we’re in the mood to become world travelers this year. If you’re a girl like me and haven’t been anywhere outside of your home state, we recommend that you check out these five books that will inspire wanderlust.
Traveling on your own is a very inspiring experience. There are many risks involved when considering where you’ll sleep, where you will eat, etc. However, it is an adventure like no other. Not to mention, it is life-affirming and enlightening. Each of these female authors featured below in these recommendations has decided to adventure on their own, and the novels they came out with after have us in awe.
The stories are sublime, hilarious, yet heartbreaking. Nonetheless, they will give you wanderlust in the best way possible.
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
If you are a single, independent woman who is looking for some solo adventure, this is the one for you. Having spent most of her early adult years attending wedding showers, Kristin Newman is still not ready to settle down. Instead, she decides to travel the world and ends up falling in love with nature and the world around her instead.
Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa
This is a memoir that blurs the lines between travelogue and immigration narrative. Though she was born in Nigeria, Saro-Wiwa was raised in England after her father was killed by the Sani Abacha regime. She decided to return to Nigeria many years later and she found herself challenged by the stark difference between London and Lagos.
Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves
This is not a typical memoir, as the author tends to focus more on the people she meets and the relationships that form versus the adventures themselves. But amidst the romance, she travels A LOT– through the jungles of Papua New Guinea, to navigating Cairo. She yearns for more and more, and her melodic writing will make you feel the same.
Juliff expresses that it is unnatural for her, anxiety-ridden and sheltered, to leave her home in the UK. But, she takes a leap of faith and travels the world alone. It definitely did not end up being the adventure she envisioned. She will run into complete chaos at every turn, but she surmounts every obstacle. She will have you cheering her on every step of the way. If you feel like you are not brave or courageous enough to travel alone, you should 100% read this.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert’s cult memoir from 2006 will always be timeless as she chronicled her journey across Italy, India, and Indonesia following her divorced. She admits that she is a lazy traveler, prone to diet culture woes, and she tends to stick out like a sore thumb. But, she has a knack for making friends quickly. Her travels featured in this memoir are magical and will have you aching for the same experience.
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