There’s nothing like a good book to make you want to visit a place. It’s easy to fall for travel narratives, but sometimes works of fiction can dive further into a destination.
Inspirational Travel Books
The best books about travel take us to a different place, regardless of being a first-person tale or a brilliant work of fiction. These are some of the most inspirational travel books for women, as recommended and reviewed by Her Packing List readers themselves!
While travel sites (like Her Packing List!) can be helpful for specific knowledge, there are some great books that focus on other parts of your travel experience not listed in your guidebook.
Some of the best travel stories are those that weave together the author’s story and the feelings with the place they are visiting. This is what I loved so much about Traveling with Pomegranates, a mother-daughter story written by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor.
For the love of the rainforest. Trupti Devdas Nayak shares an inspiring read, The Tapir’s Morning Bath, and how it has played a part in her travels in the past and possibly in the future.
Julie Morey took to traveling South East Asia after her divorce and got into some memorable situations. Travel, Sex and Train Wrecks is her travel memoir, and we’ve included a short review in this post.
Need some inspiring reads for travel loving minds? Gillian Duffey has provided a great list of books that are worth taking up that precious luggage space.
Books and travel memoirs are excellent ways to satiate the travel bug when you just can’t travel. Cassie tells about Wanderlust: A Love Affair With Five Continents in this book review post.
Love and travel. Caroline explores the world of a fearful adventurer in love in the Love with a Chance of Drowning review. Another inspiring read for your travels!
Blue lines now pervade the chapters of Valerie Steiker’s novel/memoir, The Leopard Hat: A Daughter’s Story. I found myself guided through her accounts of traveling, her relationship with her mother, and her own explorations of self.
From a happiness class to Bhutan, Lisa Napoli shares in her book Radio Shangri-la about her journey to the happiest kingdom on Earth. Great book review by Caroline — have a read… because it’s inspiring.
Long before the Eat Pray Love phenomenon, Frances Mayes was writing about her divorce and subsequent life with her second husband in rural Tuscany in Under the Tuscan Sun. Every Day in Tuscany is a love letter to the region, chock full of anecdotes, free flowing journal entries and recipes.
Need a good, inspiring read for an upcoming trip? Caroline reviews The Lost Girls’ recent book about their life-changing round-the-world trip.