Everything Is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert

Except it’s not so much a “grand tour” as a “meander through some parts of Europe until you run into Amsterdam and then stay there for a few years.” Amsterdam takes up most of the book, and even then it’s mostly about Rachel’s friends and her romantic mistakes. Not a whole heck of a lot of traveling! Reading about Rachel’s life is uncomfortable in that way where you want to scream “NO STOP DOING THAT Read More …

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

I like Anthony Bourdain’s memoirs, but I can’t stand his travel/food show No Reservations1. A Cook’s Tour was both hit and miss for me because it’s one of his memoirs, BUT it’s a memoir about…No Reservations. (Or whatever he did before No Reservations. One of his travel/food shows, anyway.) I loved the book and I also hated it because it reminded me of the annoying things and it’s all very mixed up and confusing. Also Read More …

To the Moon and Timbuktu by Nina Sovich

This was on sale a while back over at Amazon, and I bought it almost instantly after reading the sample. The writing is superb! It’s lush and almost dreamy, though with a self-awareness that keeps it from being completely over the top. Nina S. travels to Africa to both find connection with her past (her mother traveled to Africa a lot) and to run away from her future (she fears becoming a mother herself and Read More …

Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys

Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys

As befitting someone named “Alastair Humphreys,” Moods of Future Joys is written in the style of a travel memoir from an older time, like the 1960s or something. It’s philosophical, emotional, more focused on the personal emotional journey than the how-to and the why-fors, and because it was free I won’t be too much of a grouch. I’ve read worse travel memoirs, and worse self-published books, and if you like travel narratives that are about Read More …

REVIEW: Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

This was the very first book I bought when I moved to Albuquerque! And I’m pretty sure it’s the one that started me dreaming about traveling the world. I haven’t reread it since I bought it, eight years ago, and reading it now is a very different experience than it was back then. It’s almost like an precersor to Eat, Pray, Love, only less on the praying and loving and more on the eating and Read More …

REVIEW: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this audiobook for free through some promotion earlier this year (I think), and if I HADN’T gotten it for free I probably would have never read it. You know how sometimes a book is hyped so much that you don’t want to read it ever? That’s how I felt about Eat, Pray, Love, until one day I was really bored and wanted to listen to an audiobook, and so I listened to this Read More …

REVIEW: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

I have a deep fondness for books that force teenagers to travel to places they might not have wanted to go to and that, in turn, force them to grow up into better people than they were at the beginning of the book/journey. This is why I had such high hopes for 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and why I had such high hopes for Wanderlove! Luckily Wanderlove does what I wanted 13 Little Blue Envelopes Read More …

REVIEW & Giveaway: Wanderlust by Elisabeth Eaves

Seal Press is one of my favorite publishers, though I haven’t read nearly enough of their catalog. Nevertheless, the books I have read have been interesting in that a) they’re all written by women about women, and b) those women aren’t afraid to talk about things that are considered more…I don’t know. Hidden? Un-womanly? Unusual? With male travel writers, a lot of the times their memoirs are about who they slept with and what extreme Read More …

REVIEW: Across Asia on a Bicycle by Thomas Gaskell Allen & William Lewis Sachtleben

You know, I don’t even really want to review this book. I just want to point it out to you and say “read it yourself.” It’s a fun little book, and I did (for the most part) enjoy reading it. And I especially liked reading about the early days of world travel via an unusual mean. Nowadays, of course, there are hundreds if not thousands of people travelling around the world on a bicycle (some Read More …