13 Great Travel Books for Women

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As an avid plane reader I’m always looking out for great travel books to pass the time. Plus lately I’ve been on a mission to start reading more travel books elsewhere and even at home to inspire more trips! Most of these books hold a special spot on my bookshelf, but some of them are recommendations from friends who have assured me they are great reads that encourage women to get out there and hit the road. I personally love a inspirational stories that follow the author’s journey, with books like Paris Letters and Eat Pray Love being two of my favourite reads that have inspired my own travels. So if you’re looking for a little inspiration… here are some of the best travel books to inspire your travels!

Girls who travel (Top 13 travel read)

1. 1000 Places to See Before you Die

Personally I’m more of an inspirational story lover, but after buying 1000 Places to See Before you Die, I find its a book I can not only never put down, but am also constantly picking back up as there’s just soooo much information in there! The book literally covers everything – cities, countries, regions, waterfalls, hikes… everything you must see and do before in your lifetime.

2. A Handful of Honey

If you have a solo journey planned for Northern Africa, there really is no better book than A Handful of Honey. The author makes her way through Morocco and Algeria, meeting locals and trying local delicacies along the way. The book strikes a really good blend between history, culture, and the author’s own anecdotes along the way.

3. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

In a good girl’s guide to getting lost the author, Rachel, is your typical good girl who wouldn’t normally make the spur of the moment decision to do anything, let alone book a plane ticket to Ireland! From there her adventures continue across three continents as she learns the freedom of getting lost, without plans and without an intent on arriving.

4. A Thousand Days in Tuscany

Love at first sight… the Italian countryside… it really is hard not to enjoy this book! Although I am yet to read it, it is certainly on my list after seeing it mentioned quite a few times by other bloggers… one for the next long-haul perhaps!

5. Eat Pray Love

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in cave (which would be quite impressive to be honest), you would have already heard of the travelogue Eat Pray Love, or at least have heard of the movie. If not, then what are you waiting for! This is the perfect read for any girl or woman considering a change of pace and who isn’t afraid to throw themselves into something, anything, if they just believe in it. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, is wildly successful, particularly for this book.

6. Paris Letters

One of my favourite reads last year was Paris Letters – a story about a middle-aged woman who starts questioning the motions of life in her advertising job and after careful deliberation, decide she will save enough money to live abroad for a year, perhaps longer. She does indeed leave home to travel, starting in Paris and eventually residing there, marrying a local butcher, and you know what’s coming next… the happily ever after. I related so much to this book that I dubbed it the first ever WOW Book Club read!

Top 13 travel reads

7. An Italian Affair

Now here’s a good travel memoir for anyone suffering from a bad break up, as the story follows Laura whose husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart (rough!), so she takes off for an escape in Italy. If you enjoy the idea of an Italian affair then this book is for many of us as close as you’ll come!

8. A Field Guide to Getting Lost

For the true nomads (or those who would one day like to be), A Field Guide to Getting Lost is an exceptional read. If you’re going somewhere remote or looking for inspiration to do so, this book will be your leap of faith.

9. Girls Who Travel

If you’re searching for that feeling of empowerment (second thoughts maybe?) then look no further than Girls Who Travel – a witty novel about the ongoing struggles of a wanderluster who is always searching for adventure… and finds it in the most unlikely places!

10. Hearing Birds Fly

Set in a remote village in Mongolia, Hearing Birds Fly is truly an amazing story that takes readers far beyond the conventional locations of travelogues. This story will completely transport you and hit close to home… and hopefully inspire some remote adventures of your own!

11. Lunch in Paris

I read this book shortly after Paris Letters and I’ve got to say the similarities are uncanny! Both authors quit their jobs and lives in the USA, travel to Paris, fall in love, and marry a Parisian. The biggest difference between the two is that Lunch in Paris features a load of French or French-inspired recipes, so its a great gift if you know someone who loves to cook!

12. At Home in France

At Home in France is an honest recount of what it is like to live as an American expat… in France! This is a great read for anyone considering moving abroad to live as an expat and covers many of the topics and situations you will likely encounter yourself!

13. Every Day in Tuscany

After “Under the Tuscan Sun” came Every day in Tuscany. This book isn’t nearly as popular or widely loved as those listed above, as it tends to jump around between long journal entries and short memoires from travels to nearby towns. Nonetheless, worth a read!

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    Nelly Rahman
    April 10, 2016 at 2:25 am

    I have 5 written down that I am sure I am going to enjoy…that very fine. I like it so much.. thanks for share..

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    March 1, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Eat, Pray, Love is SO GOOD! After reading it all i could think about was eating my way through Italy, studying yoga in India and meeting a medicine man in Bali!! Highly Recommend!

    February 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Writing reviews about books is another time killer on the plane. I always try to muse over what I read and write reviews every month, which satisfies an organizational freak in me and connects with the book and the characters on a more intimate level I would say.

    February 29, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I have already read couple of them, and looking forward to read the other ones.. I love reading travel books, they have amazing ability to inspire and encourage me to do something new and adventurous.

    February 28, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I love these books, have read quite a few of them already, def gonna add the other ones to my ‘to read’ list!

    Anuradha Goyal
    February 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Can I add Slow journey south by Paula Constant to this list

    February 27, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Oooh have added the Under The Tuscan Sun series to my wishlist after this post! Thanks so much for the recommendations!

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    Jess D
    February 27, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Love this list! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations

    February 27, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Especially the first book appeals to me. I am planning on doing a gap year after my study. I’m not done until 2019, but I think it’s good to orientate a little already!

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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    February 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Great list! I’m an American expat living in Zurich and love reading about other expats’ travels in Europe and around the world.

    February 26, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I can’t believe how few of these on the list I’ve actually read: I loved Under the Tuscan Sun so will definitely be checking out Every Day in Tuscany! 🙂

    February 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Seems like we all just need to move to France! Did you ever live abroad??

    February 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Fantastic list! There are so many great books to read to inspire travel; I’ll definitely be adding most (if no all) of these titles to my list. Thanks!

    February 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Great book list! Thank you for sharing!

    February 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Bookmarking this for sure! I love Kate Betts, I’m reading her book on Michelle Obama’s style right now, and it’s very thought provoking. Would reccommend that one, though it’s a bit too heavy to bring on a plane!

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    February 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    These all sound so good! I am a total sucker for all the Paris books too. Will definitely pick a few up for my 14 hour plane ride in April, thank you!!!

    February 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I have only read Eat Pray Love but I am excited to try some of these!


    February 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

    This was a treat to me! Thank you! I have 5 written down that I am sure I am going to enjoy…

    February 26, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Definitely going to have to purchase a couple of these!

    Charlotte Buckle
    February 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I swear, every time I am at the bookstore, I always find myself picking up “1000 Places to See Before you Die” but I never get it for myself. With that, “Eat, Pray, Love” is also another book that I often look at but never purchase. I think this post is a sign that I should take the plunge and get them!

    Great list of books! Thanks for sharing!
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    Jess @
    February 26, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I think I’m going to have to go treat myself to one of these on my lunch break today!!

    February 26, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Eat Pray Love was the book that got my “must travel the world” mindset going. And I’ve not looked back! I also enjoyed Wild. Really love any type of travel books. The ones Lonely Planet put out are a good read too (By the seat of my pants, the kindness of strangers).
    Have just purchased a couple of those recommendations, looking forward to reading them.

    Erin Buchanan
    February 26, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I HAVE to get my hands on some of these. x

    Jill @ RunEatSnap
    February 26, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Love this! I need some inspiration for sure so I am going to check out some of these books!

    February 26, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I don’t read enough travel books and this list has really given me the itch to read them right now! I’ve seen the film Eat Pray Love but keep getting told I should read the book, maybe I’ll start there and work my way through the list! Thanks for the great recommendations!

    Sarah 🙂