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12 of the most inspiring travel memoirs

12 of the most inspiring travel memoirs

From biking through Europe to India to the rural French countryside to exploring Down Under, Musement shares 12 of the best travel memoirs to satiate your wanderlust.

Books are an unquestionably efficient means of transporting ourselves to our favorite cities, such as London and Paris, from home, travel memoirs are a satiating way to experience a destination vicariously. Here are 12 of the best you can read while you’re in lockdown…or whenever you wish.

1. A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle, 1989

Provence is the land of dreams to many, including Peter Mayle. The British writer and his wife picked up to live the dream in a stone farmhouse in Lubéron. As suggested by the name,A Year in Provence documents his first year there. If you can’t get enough, fret not—Mayle has penned several books on the topic.

3. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, Kristin Newman, 2014

TV writer Kristin Newman spent a good part of her twenties and thirties serving bridesmaid duties, and during her vacation time, she’d take long trips around the world on her own. From Argentina to Tibet to Russia and more, Newman recounts her adventures so vividly–and hilariously—you’ll be eager for your next adventure.

4. Walking the Nile, Levison Wood, 2016

Starting in December 2013, Levison Wood, no stranger to walking expeditions, undertook the first one ever to walk the entire length of the Nile River. This book documents his nine months journeying the 4000 miles on foot, passing six countries with dozens of unforgettable encounters along the way.

5. The Thing About Prague, Rachel Weiss, 2015

Australian Rachel Weiss quit her job and moved to Prague. She spent three years in the country of her heritage, and her heartwarming book recounts the ups and downs of her ex-pat experience.

6. Land of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road , Kate Harris, 2000

Also appearing on our list of recommended summer reads, Land of Lost Borders recounts author Kate Harris’s biking adventure on the storied Silk Road with one of her friends.

7. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle , Dervla Murphy, 1965

In 1963, Irish cyclist Dervla Murphy pedaled her way from Ireland across Europe to Persia, the Himalayas, and Pakistan to reach India, all with a revolver in tote just in case. She began journaling in Yugoslavia which is where the book begins.

8. Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents, Elisabeth Eaves, 2011

The writer chronicles 15 years of travel, that started with during her sophomore year of college, and her experiences and romances around majestic places found on five continents, from Cairo to Papua New Guinea to Paris.

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9. In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson, 2000

Bill Bryson travels the land Down Under by train and by car and logs his encounters with people and the wildlife along the way. A delight from start to finish, the book is divided into three parts: Into the Outback, Civilized Australia (The Boomerang Coast) and Around the Edges.

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"The thing about Ayers Rock is that by the time you finally get there you are already a little sick of it. Even when you are a thousand miles away from it, you can't go a day in Australia without seeing it four or five or six times – on postcards, on travel agents' posters, on the cover of souvenir picture books – and as you get nearer the rock the frequency of exposure increases. So you are aware, as you drive to the park entrance and pay the ambiguously pitched admission fee of A$15 a head and follow the approach road around, that you have driven thirteen hundred miles to look at a large, inert, loaf-shaped object you have already seen photographically portrayed a thousand times already. In consequence, your mood as you approach this famous monolith is restrained, unexpectant – pessimistic even. And then you see it, and you are instantly transfixed." • • • #inasunburnedcountry #billbryson #travelogue #australia #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #biblophile #bookish #bookgeek #constantreader #bookcollector #booklover #bookworm #instabook #books #booknerd #bookcommunity #bookquotes #goodreads #bookaholic #instabooks #bookgram #bookphoto #bookandnature

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10. Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure, Sarah Macdonald, 2004

ONce upon a time, Sarah Macdonald backpacked her way around India and decided she hated the country and would never return. Eleven years later, her husband is assigned to New Delhi for work so she joins him and eventually finds herself on a profound journey of self-discovery.

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"I've learned much from the land of many gods and many ways to worship. From Buddhism the power to begin to manage my mind, from Jainism the desire to make peace in all aspects of life, while Islam has taught me to desire goodness and to let go of that which cannot be controlled. I thank Judaism for teaching me the power of transcendence in rituals and the Sufis for affirming my ability to find answers within and reconnecting me with the power of music. Here's to the Parsis for teaching me that nature must be touched lightly, and the Sikhs for the importance of spiritual strength….And most of all, I thank Hinduism for showing me that there are millions of paths to the divine." Sarah MacDonald ~ Holy Cow #travelogue #books #bookish #culturalbooks #instabook #bookstagram #ilovebooks #bookaholic #booknerd #igread #travelbooks #nonfiction #memoirs #India #cow #religion #buddhism #hinduism #spirituality #travel #love #peace #happiness #holycowbook #HolyCow #SarahMacDonald

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11. Comfort Me with Apples , Ruth Reichl, 2001

A former New York Times restaurant critic and the longtime editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl recounts her journeys from New York, China, France and Los Angeles, all in the name of food. As always, Reich’s writing sings and will whet your appetite. Thankfully, she includes some recipes she picked up along the way.

12. In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin, 1977

Located at the tip of South America spanning Argentina and Chile, Patagonia intrigues the world. Bruce Chatwin has been drawn to this majestic neck of the world for quite some time when one day he picked up and went. He spent six months exploring and published this beloved classic.

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