Eat Pray Love and 5 More of the Best Travel Memoirs to Put on Your Reading List

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Best Travel Memoirs

Below is a list of my favorite travel memoirs. I love these books because they let me explore new places, meet new people, and discover new cultures from the comfort of my home. They feed my need to explore the world even when I’m not globetrotting. If you are craving a travel adventure, pick up any of the books below to satisfy your wanderlust.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia — by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert is a wonderful writer unafraid of showing her vulnerabilities. She brings you along on her soul-searching quest to find herself after divorce as she journeys to Italy, India and Bali. The people she meets and the places she sees are brought to life with such amazing vitality that you will want to follow in her footsteps even if you are not in need of soul-searching. I want to sit in the cafes in Italy and be part of the smart conversations about things that matter, I want to absorb the quiet and calm of an ashram in India, and I want to become part of the landscape and pulse of Bali.

Read Eat Pray Love and you will discover that this book is about so much more than Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey to find herself. Eat Pray Love satisfies the need for adventure and to discover rich cultures of the world even when I am stuck at home.

The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down — by Andrew McCarthy

All Over the Map — by Laura Fraser

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail — Cheryl Strayed

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World — by Rita Golden Gelman

A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover’s Dream — byFerenc Máté

Notable Mentions: Travel Anthologies

I also recommend The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology. Another great collection of travel essays by fantastic women writers traveling the world and documenting their experiences.

Originally published at on August 4, 2019.

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Traveler and writer at Bitten by the writing and wanderlust bugs as a child, I am fascinated by many people and places.

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