5 Must-Read Travel Memoirs for the Travel Obsessed

We’re coming up on the hottest part of the summer here in the Bay area and I’m already dreaming up our next vacation in the fall. To get inspired, I’ve been reading all the travel memoirs I can get my hands on. Here’s the list of really great stories that I’ve read so far:

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How not to Travel the World

by Lauren Juliff

 

Lauren writes her personal story about all the terrible things that happen to her when she decides to leave her very sheltered life in the UK to travel the world. Her story about choosing to see the negative first, having food aversions, and a heightened sense of anxiety really resonated with me, which made this book impossible to put down. She’s the underdog that you really want to see succeed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to travel but is afraid to. It will change your perspective and inspire you to get your passport!

At Home in the World

by Tsh Oxenreider

 

Tsh has absolutely captivated me this summer. Her book At Home in the World is all about her journey traveling abroad for an entire year with her family of 5. Through out the book she talks about how it is hard, but not impossible to travel with kids and talks of the personal struggles and rewarding moments on their adventures. She talks about “expat life”, homeschooling three children on the road, and what truly makes a place “home”. Her writing style is personal and really easy to read. I recommend this book to anyone who ever thought you couldn’t travel with kids.

Notes from a Blue Bike

by Tsh Oxenreider

 

Without realizing it, I read Tsh’s books out of order. This is actually the book she wrote before At Home In The World, and it is equally as good. What I really commend her for is her transparency and ability to change course when something didn’t work out. She and her family embark on a quest to lead a slower life full of intention, and she finds that it leads her to places she didn’t expect. This book is great, but it’s not a “how-to” guide on living with intent, so do not expect it to be. It’s an autobiographical reflection.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

by Matt Kepnes

 

Loaded with tons of practical information about how to cut costs on travel. If you are really serious about maximizing your travel time, Matt is the one to give you all you need to make that happen. The information overload is a little overwhelming, so I took it slow and notated areas that I felt were a good fit for us.

My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir

 

This is my first book I’ve read by John Muir and it has definitely lived up to its praise. This man captured the beauty so precisely and eloquently. His words inspire us to see the world through new appreciative eyes. I highly recommend reading at least one John Muir book, if not solely for the sake of studying his writing. I will say, If you’re looking for a really exciting adventure of a story, you won’t find it here. These are diary entries and often don’t have much happening in them other than the author describing the beauty of his surroundings. Never the less, it’s wonderful inspiration.

Dreaming in Emerald: A Love Letter to Ireland

Dreaming in Emerald: A Love Letter to Ireland

In 2016 my husband Jeremy and I explored Ireland for our honeymoon. We spent 10 glorious days traveling around the perimeter of the country stopping in several cities, capturing their natural and manmade beauty. It was everything we hoped it would be and more.

 

After coming home from this experience of a lifetime, I just couldn’t get the trip out of my head. I spent the next 9 months creating a book that embodies the spirit of Ireland through my lens. It became my love letter of sorts and I filled it with rich photos taken from our trip, whimsical illustrations, quotes, and old Irish songs.

 

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Dreaming in Emerald: A Love Letter to Ireland

Dreaming in Emerald: A Love Letter to Ireland

In 2016 my husband Jeremy and I explored Ireland for our honeymoon. We spent 10 glorious days traveling around the perimeter of the country stopping in several cities, capturing their natural and manmade beauty. It was everything we hoped it would be and more.

 

After coming home from this experience of a lifetime, I just couldn’t get the trip out of my head. I spent the next 9 months creating a book that embodies the spirit of Ireland through my lens. It became my love letter of sorts and I filled it with rich photos taken from our trip, whimsical illustrations, quotes, and old Irish songs.

 

Now I need your help to get it published. We are currently working on a kickstarter campaign. If you love collecting travel books, subscribe to our updates and help fund our project.

Get updates on the Kickstarter
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