2018 Travel Reads | Wanderlust Inspiration

2018 Travel Reads | Wanderlust Inspiration

I really enjoyed concentrating on reading a list of travel memoirs last year, that I decided to do the same again this year. This time I am going to choose some new books I haven’t read yet and reread some old favourites to see how my opinion has changed and to see if they spark a new interest in that area of the world. Here is the list for 2018…

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedmen

As someone who has followed the path and the rules, Rachel surprises herself when she decides to purchase a ticket to Ireland upon her college graduation. Isn’t she supposed to get a job, a car, an apartment, a guy, a house and have 2.5 kids? What started as just a trip to Ireland extends into much more and Rachel has to come to grips with this new path she has decided to follow.

Adventure Divas by Holly Morris

There comes a time in our lives when we want a change, a drastic one, a new way of life. That is how Holly Morris views adventure: as a way of life. She set out on her own adventure, travelling to different parts of the world looking for women on adventures of their own and who are changing the world. From Cuba to Niger, Iran to New Zealand, Holly Morris interacts with women who are spiritual leaders, police officers, pop stars and artists and learns how they are changing their communities, their countries and our world.

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner

A crossroads moment type book…when you’re approaching 30 and still haven’t completed that “list” society creates for women…well these three ladies made a pact to quit their jobs and set off on an adventure taking them 60,000 miles and through four continents. It sounds like quite the adventure for three friends to take while dealing with their major life decision and encountering creatures, cultures and crushes along the way.

Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olson

Would you move to a place that is often in the news as a war zone? Would you even choose to travel there? How about work at a newspaper and then as a campaign manager for a major election even though your background is in science and assassination attempts are common? Well Pamela Olson found an attachment to Palestine when she was just a tourist, an attachment that prompted her to leave the comforts of her American home to move to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. She reports on the events that happen, often tries to cross checkpoints and at the base of it all, tries to show the world this little piece of the map.

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

From city girl to sea faring girl, Torre DeRoche agrees to sail across the ocean with a man she met at a bar one night (true love at first sight?). Despite all the sparks between them there is just one issue…Torre has a fear of the ocean and deep water…I really don’t know how well this is going to go. It is just the two of them on the boat in the middle of the ocean and it sounds like Torre really is in for the adventure of a lifetime.

Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Two friends and recent graduates, vow to email each other about their post-grad lives and the adventures that happen. While one has adventures in China and Australia, the other explores the wonders of New York living and the streets of Paris. This story is sure to be relatable to those who are in their twenties and have recently entered the post-grad world wondering what adventures will come their way. This story is written through email exchange between the two friends and it offers a unique writing style to the world of travel memoirs.

Life is a Trip by Judith Fein

This is a collection of essays describing the 14 assignments of a travel writer. Judith Fein has the adventurous spirit that takes her beyond the “where to eat, sleep and see” type articles you see in magazines. From Mexico to Vietnam, Turkey to Nova Scotia she digs deep into cultures to learn more about burial practices, religions and people. Along the way she learns some life lessons each as profound as the countries she explores.

Four of these books I have read at least 3 years ago and three I am reading for the first time. I am excited to learn more from books I have yet to read and gain a new perspective on the ones I’ve read in the past. Let’s see how these can spark a new inspiration for adventure!

Happy Reading!

Be sure to leave comments if you have read any of these books or have any other recommendations!

2 thoughts on “2018 Travel Reads | Wanderlust Inspiration

  1. I loved this post so much! Added a bunch of these to my to read list (which is way too long for my liking haha). Can’t wait to give the first one – The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost because I know that this year I’m going to travel a lot and for the first time by myself so hopefully I can relate to the book! Love your blog by the way – just found it and binge reading about all your amazing travels

    1. Wow Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the book and I wish you the best on your travels! Where are you planning to go?

      Also I checked out your blog and I had to follow it, I hope to be in England and maybe France at the end of this year so your travel posts will be helpful for new adventures!

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