by Marjane Satrapi
I found this autobiography through the Our Shared Shelf book club, which was started by Emma Watson. Marjane tells us of her experience growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution; this book isn’t a lighthearted read, but it’s a very interesting one. I found it especially mesmerising because it’s not a country that I had a lot of previous knowledge of, but it left me wanting to learn more!
by Cheryl Strayed
If you are looking for motivation to get out there and do something different, this memoir is a good place to start. As a story, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wild, but the fact that it was actually someone’s life made it an extraordinary read. For many readers, Cheryl’s story is very relatable because it starts with her feeling very lost and uncertain about what lies ahead, which is how many people feel at some point or another. As you delve in to Wild, expect to be filled with an urge to get out there, challenge yourself and see the world.
By Frances M. Thompson
Travelettes is one of my favourite online travel information sites and this is how I came to know of Frances as an author. As a woman, it’s great to see how other woman travel and hear their advice. In this collection of fiction, Frances writes short stories inspired by many of the countries she’s visited. Along with the writing, I loved that there are different stories in Shy Feet because you get to explore a mixture of destinations. This means that it’s a suitable book to take on any holiday.
The Accidental Adventurer
By Ben Fogle
As much as I love to travel, I’m not the most adventurous person! I’m terrified of heights and I’m always in awe of people who seem to have no fear. The Accidental Adventurer is all about conquering fears and showing how Ben has done this through travelling. Whether you’re going on an adventure holiday or just wishing you were, this book is a thrilling read.
Eat Pray Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert
Although this is now an incredibly well known travel novel, it’s popular for a reason. Eat, Pray, Love is one woman’s search for everything and shows that even when things are at their worst, life can get better. The journey that Elizabeth takes will have you captivated and leave you feeling extremely hopefully of what lies ahead.
World of Wanderlust
By Brooke Saward
Brooke is the face behind one of the worlds most famous travel blogs, World of Wanderlust and her first book, of the same name, was published last year. After travelling the world for a few years, Brooke has built up quite the collection of tips and tricks for travelling. Having visited over 50 countries at the age of 24, she is literally living the dream life for many people – including me!