Travel the world with 10 amazing women through their travel memoirs. Whether you’re a fresh-faced 20-something looking for courage to take the plunge on a round-the-world trip, a family with children wondering if a life of travel is possible, or something in between, you’ll find a story that hits the spot on my list of 10 best travel memoirs by women.
1. A Thousand New Beginnings
2. At Home in the World
Married with children doesn’t mean your wanderlust needs to be put on the back burner. Tsh Oxenreider proves just that with her travel memoir, At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe, that follows her family of 5 on a 9-month trek across the world.
3. From Excuses to Excursions
4. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost
If you love chick lit about female friendships and have a penchant for adventure, you’ll love The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost. In this travel memoir, all-around good girl Rachel Friedman sets off for Ireland for 4 months solo with not much money and not much of a plan past 2 days. After making friends with a more free-spirited Australian, she’s soon off discovering 3 continents with her newfound friend.
5. How Not to Travel the World
If you thought all travel memoirs were filled with rainbows and ponies, you were wrong. Lauren Juliff is a self-proclaimed disaster magnet, so you can imagine craziness followed her on a solo trip around the world. Find out how she lost teeth (yes, plural), got scammed, was almost swept away by a tsunami and learned, well, how not to travel the world.
6. It’s Only the Himalayas
7. No Baggage
How many epic travel stories have you heard that started with an OKCupid date that led to a trip to Turkey that ended in London with no plan on how to get from start to finish and NO LUGGAGE. No, not even a carry on!
I can’t help but be fascinated with Clara Benson’s story. I couldn’t even get past a first date on many of my past OKCupid dates, much less get an epic trip out of one.
8. Seven Letters from Paris
9. Strangers Have the Best Candy
Winner of the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year, Strangers Have the Best Candy is a unique travel memoir that can also serve as a guidebook on how to talk to strangers. Schulte’s conversational skills have opened up fun adventures and interesting friendships across the globe.
If you’re shy, an introvert or have social anxiety and planning to travel solo or planning stays at hostels, I recommend this read to help boost your chances of making friends on the road.
10. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
While most of her friends were getting married and having babies, Kristin Newman was focused on a career as a sitcom writer and traveling the world. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is one of my favorite travel memoirs by women.
If her career as a sitcom writer didn’t tip you off that this book is hilarious, perhaps her writing credits will: That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, and The Neighbors. It’s pretty much guaranteed her misadventures across the globe will have you in stitches.
What is one of your favorite travel memoirs by women?