My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books

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I love reading books about travels and adventures around the world. They’re great for armchair travel when you can’t get away, or for inspiring you to travel, or for complementing your travels with a good story I don’t go anywhere without a good book, total nerd alert over here! So if you’re in need of your next good read, I’ve got some recommendations for you. Have a look at my favorite wanderlust books right here:

My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

My Favorite Wanderlust Books

  1. The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places, by Russell Banks

It’s a collection of travel stories written by great authors, based all around the world. I like to read this when I can’t go travel but need to get away!

  1. In Patagonia, by Bruce Chatwin

This classic story of a man traveling all over Patagonia on a mission to find a family heirloom will take you back in time to when Patagonia was an undeveloped wilderness.

  1. Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life, by Frances Mayes

Who doesn’t love Italy?! This is one of my favorites, as the author takes us through a year in the life in Tuscany, the Italian countryside.

  1. Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi

In this daring story, a group of women band together to read and learn in oppressive Iran. Get a dose of culture shock and feminism when you read this! This was the perfect read when I traveled in the Middle East.

  1. My Life in France, by Julia Child

France through Julia Child’s eyes, it doesn’t get any better than this! Read about this culinary legend and her adventures in Paris.

My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

  1. Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey

Few people could comment on how the passing of the seasons looks and feels in the desert. This park ranger shares a glimpse into his world as he lives and works in the barren desert.

  1. A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller, by Frances Mayes

My favorite author on Italy takes a year to travel the world and she has such a beautiful way of illuminating the places she visits. Perfect for armchair travel!

  1. The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, by Luis Sepulveda

This book is set in the Amazon Jungle, and will transport you to a life that seems to be worlds away from the modern one we know. I loved reading this when I was in Ecuador.

  1. A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle

Slow down and enjoy the provincial French lifestyle. Life with Peter Mayle in Provence is simple yet decadent and I want more of it even when the book is done!

  1. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman

The perfect read to understand differences in cultures, this book made me question so many of the assumptions we make about people from around the world.

My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

  1. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts

The king of all wanderlust books! Read this if you’re ready to take off and see the world. This book helped me realize that I’m not alone in wanting to see the world instead of owning a car and a home. If you are dreaming of making travel your life, this book is for you!

  1. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

You’ve all seen photos of the Cinque Terre Italian cliffside town overlooking the Mediterranean. This book will transport you there, and back in time!

  1. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing

I would never want to go through what Shackleton and his men did on this journey to Antarctica. But reading it definitely inspired me to take on a great journey of my own! This inspired me to hike through Patagonia!

  1. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler

To see New York City in the glorious jazz age, through the eyes of Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald, is a fabulous opportunity!

  1. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

The wanderlust book of all wanderlust books! Everyone who has ever loved to travel has read this. I personally liked the movie better, but I still love the book! It was so relatable after I went to India myself and was overwhelmed by the crowds and the chaos but also the spirituality and mindfulness.

My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

  1. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Even though it’s unrealistic, this great journey across the sea and through so many obstacles left me yearning for my own great adventure!

  1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

I read this to give me company when I went on my own crazy long hike. The book is a million times better than the movie, give it a chance.

  1. Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, by Sara Wheeler

If you’re like me and don’t have ten grand to drop on an Antarctic getaway, read this book to be whisked away without ever leaving home!

  1. Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes

One of my all time favorite wanderlust books and movies, this book inspired me to travel, choose my own path, be independent, and embrace the beautiful way life can be.

  1. Delaying the Real World, by Colleen Kinder

When you’re all inspired and ready to go from these wanderlust books, read this one. It’s a manual about how to delay the real world and take a different path than just “school school work work work.”

There you have it, my recommendations of my favorite wanderlust books! What have you read lately? What other wanderlust books have inspired you and transported you around the world? Oh! And be sure to friend me on goodreads so we can share our favorite books and recommendations >>

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My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books // Brittany from Boston

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5 thoughts on “My 20 Favorite Wanderlust Books

  1. I can’t believe how many of these books I’ve not read yet! Thanks for these recommendations: looking for some new reading material- I’m especially interested in the books about France 😛

  2. I’m always looking for travel books, so thanks for your list. I too fell in love with Provence through Frances Mayes’ early work, but I found the book A Year in the World a weak book; the structure and the stories felt trite and forced. I agree with some of your other top 20, such as Patagonia, A Year in Provence, and Eat, Pray, Love. I struggle with Life of Pi, can’t get into and cannot finish it. I can recommend two others, A Sense of Place and A Female Nomad (my all-time favorite).

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