The Wanderer’s Book Club
An inspired and thoughtful collection of travel books, memoirs, and quarterlies to inspire your wanderlust.
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: Peter Mayle
A true tale of a husband, wife, and two dogs who uproot their life and move to an old stone farmhouse in Southern France. Already a bestseller, I’m a little late to the club on this one. By page 4, I already want to scour the internet to find a farmhouse to rent in France.
Non-fiction / Travel Memoir
Beautiful, poetic writing and a gripping story. I don’t often read fiction, but I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. Two young girls running from their past, chase dreams and a man to New York. They are devoured by a heady life of wild parties, drug addiction and struggling to belong. The entire story toggles between time and place and is woven around the main character’s vivid fever-dreams, wild imagination, and immigrant-family struggles. The writing, as well as the story, bend the lines of reality and leaves you in lyrical limbo.
A unique and wildly interesting tale of a young woman, Nell Stevens, who wins a grant allowing her the time and resources to write a novel while in complete solitude in the Falkland Islands.
Stevens does an amazing job capturing the nuances of the places she visits and adds a level of humor to her stories. Her true travel tales parallel alongside the novel she set out to write. The reader is able to indulge in her real life stories of isolation while seeing the details emerge in a fictional story.
A gripping, heartrending, and eloquently told true story of love, loss, and travel. You could easily devour this memoir in a single sitting. Fowler has a way with words and describes foreign landscapes and difficult emotions with a relatable voice that will make you want to keep reading.
A funny – and at times all too real – account of one couple’s adventures around the world. They are gifted with the opportunity to give back during their travels which adds a level of compassion and anxiety to the trip. Dinian does a great job of recounting her experiences, but at times the book feels a little rushed.
An introspective and well written memoir told from both mother and daughter as they travel together. This book focuses on heavy metaphors and Greek mythology. An interesting read.
A raunchy, funny, and entertaining travel memoir detailing wild romances and hook-ups around the world as told by a comedy TV writer. Kristen traverses the globe in search of true love and one-night stands.
[Instead of embarking on a life of living well, we instead tend to choose a life of boredom in work, punctuated by hi-octane ‘experiences’ that are to be ticked off from a list.]
This travel memoir is co-written by three friends that quit their NYC jobs to traveling the world for a year. Their stories are entertaining and the locations are inspiring. From volunteering in Kenya to yoga retreats in India, this book covers a lot of ground. The story can get a little verbose at times with each author recapping scenes, but overall this is an easy and fun read.
A slightly verbose travel bible written to explain the reasons why travel is important and how it affects our lives during and after a trip. This book also explores the differences between travel and tourism. A good read for those that want a better psychological understanding of why travel matters.
Travel magazines tend to lean one of two ways; saturated with useless advertisements or covering a hyper-specific area of travel that excludes most wanderers. Suitcase Magazine blends drool-worthy photography with well-written and easily digestible stories and guides. The Nostalgia Issue is a spectacular example of the Suitcase quality.
An interesting book that approaches everyday topics in a different way while igniting a sense of wanderlust. It’s a heavier read requiring you to sit the book down every few paragraphs to really digest what you’re reading. Solnit does an incredible job tackling abstract ideas and using clever anecdotes to discuss the seemingly mundane topic of getting lost.
An easy, fun, entertaining read. This book compiles true travel tales written by intrepid female travelers. Some stories and short and inspiring, others a bit longer and filled with adventure. At least one of the 42 included stories will stir up some serious wanderlust or at least make you want to start a travel journal of your own.
Part travel memoir, part love story, this entertaining memoir from Geraldine DeRuiter is difficult to put down. DeRuiter’s writing style is witty and laugh-out-loud funny. Reading her trials and triumphs from constant trips around the world will leave you craving an adventure of your own.
This book provides an honest and realistic look at the situations and experiences you encounter while traveling the world. From fleeting friendships to breathtaking beaches and minor disasters, you will be lured into the world of backpacking and inspired to book your next ticket.
This book will stir up a serious case of wanderlust or a wild craving for freedom. You’ll want to sell everything and wander through the wilderness with nothing but a backpack. This is the perfect read for anyone that has ever dreamt of running away or getting lost.
Aside from the fact that Heidi Swanson’s recipes are incredible, her travel stories and photographs are both beautiful and intriguing. You will appreciate the destinations as much as the meals. Swanson has created the perfect blend of delicious and wanderlust.
Forget about the movie, you have to read this book. I think everyone can relate to Cheryl Strayed’s story in some way. If you’ve ever wanted to solo travel, tackle an epic adventure, or simple run away, this book is sure to help fuel that fire.
If you’re a fan of Bourdain’s brutally honest writing style (and really, who isn’t?) than you’ll love this intriguing food focused travel memoir. Where does food come from? What does it mean to travel like a local? What’s the traditional way to eat a fattened pig in small town Portugal? You need to have a sense of adventure and a strong stomach to digest everything Bourdain throws at you in this unique book.
I’m not sure I can call My Year with Eleanor a travel book, but it offered a hefty dose of inspiration. Noelle Hancock decides to spend each day of the year before her birthday doing something that scares her. A funny and true story of the struggles that come with confronting fear.
If you’ve ever dreamt of sailing around the world, running away to paradise, or if you love adventure travel, this book is for you. This book winds its way from San Francisco to Australia stopping at beautiful remote islands. Get ready to start planning your own sea voyage.
A well-written memoir capturing the excitement and lessons that comes with a round-the-world trip taken on a whim. Read hilarious and heart warming stories that will make you rediscover your love of travel and inspire you to plan your very own adventure.
If you aren’t already a fan of MessyNessyChic, what have you been doing with your Mondays? This book highlights her witty and charming writing style as she guides you through the cobblestone streets of Paris. Trust me, you’ll want to book a flight!
Not quite a travel book, not quite a self help book, this is more of a guide to finding a quest that brings meaning and purpose to your life. A good read for long train rides when you want a little more than a mindless read. If you’re looking for a little direction or inspiration, this book could help.
A posthumously released collection of essays and short stories from a talented young writer. Marina Keegan graduated top of her class at Yale then tragically, five days after graduation died in a car accident. These stories and essays were compiled to showcase her best work. Some of the stories are self-reflecting, others inspirational, but all of them are worth the read.
Not particularly a travel book, but this humorous and free-spirited tale of a father and daughter’s adventures together will give you some wild ideas of your own. It’s an easy and fun read that transports you to a time when life was a little more delicate and free.
An interesting look at why we travel and how we travel. This unique travel book is part philosophical, part personal ramblings, and part humorous anecdotes. This book will make you examine all aspects of travel and appreciate your next trip a little bit more.
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