I’m always up for a good wanderlust adventure. After taking a travel writing course this semester, I have grown my appreciation for good travel writing, a genre I was familiar with but never truly studied. The class allowed me to explore different travel writing books, as well as find new ones to add to my to-read list. Reading a book can be its own adventure, so I’m excited to share these with you!
1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
After her mother dies and her family seems to fall apart, Cheryl takes a journey of a lifetime, deciding to hike the Pacific Crest Trail through California to Washington State all by herself. With little experience, she hikes through intense climates and finds beauty of loneliness in nature. Reese Witherspoon is staring in the movie, Wild, based on this piece of travel writing, and I’m very excited to read Cheryl’s own perspective of hiking great distances.
2. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
I have always been passionate about running, even if I didn’t have time to fit running into my daily routine. Running cross country in high school crafted this mindset in me. Fitness and running, specifically, fascinates me, and this book combines both running and traveling. I can’t wait to dive in.
3. Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt
I discovered Packing Light through my blogging friend, Kayla Hollatz. This story is about a girl who graduated college and tells her story of traveling to all 50 states to learn to live life with less baggage. After I became interested in minimalism, this book really jumped out at me.
4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Ah, Italy. Under the Tuscan Sun has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but I never really looked into what it was about. After visiting Italy for a couple days, I am excited to experience Mayes’ journey into restoring a villa in the Italian countryside and what she finds out about the simplicity of Italian life.
5. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis
Kisses from Katie tells the story of an 18 year-old college senior who goes on a short-term mission trip to Uganda, with a passion to make a difference. She then adopts 14 children there and establishes a ministry to reach the needs of the people in Uganda. I’ve heard great things about this book from good friends and I hope to read it soon!
6. Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider
I discovered this book from Tsh Oxenreider, and it has been on my to-read list this entire year. As part travelogue and part practical guide and memoir, Notes from a Blue Bike is all about intentional and simple living and how we have the creative tools to live a life that aligns with our values and passions.
7. Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis
This story tells the details of a college graduate who decides to hike the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast. I was drawn to this book as Jennifer’s story and struggles seem to align with the phase of my life right now as I prepare to graduate college.
8. Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
Alice Steinbach seeks to find her identity away from other people’s expectations of her, and she finds herself on a great adventure through Europe, exploring different cities and meeting new people. I am excited to read something that takes me back to Europe and see her insights into traveling and herself.
Travel writing is one of my favorite types of writing to read, and I can’t wait to dig deeper into this genre with this books for 2015. I think traveling is one of the greatest ways to capture insights about ourselves and the roles we play in this world. And reading about those insights sometimes just takes my breath away.
Have you all read any of these books? What did you think of them? What’s on your to-read list for 2015?
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