5 Travel Books I Love

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Eat Pray Love

by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is the probably the most common travel biography by Elizabeth Gilbert who makes the leap from her New York City life to travel to Italy, India and Bali on a journey of healing, self-indulgence, and love. I read this book for the first time when I was 12 and connected to it for many different reasons than when I read it again at 16, 18, 20 and 22. I can pick this book up and read Gilbert’s stories over and over and take away something different each time.

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The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

by Alison Thompson

This is a different kind of travel story about filmmaker, Alison Thompson’s, volunteer experiences. Thompson focuses mainly on her efforts in Indonesia after the Tsunami in 2004 but also details her volunteer experiences during 9/11 and the Haitian Earthquake.


Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by Robyn Davidson

First published in 1980, this cult classic remains a brilliant and hilarious account of a young woman's journey through the Australian dessert. Traveling with no one but her dog and camels, Davidson was ahead of her time as a leader of female power, independence and strength.

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Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid

by J. Marten Troost

Troost details his adventures in China—a complex, fascinating country with enough excitement to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained.

Courtney Fitzpatrick