A Travel Memoir: Travel, Sex and Train Wrecks by Julie Morey

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Travel, Sex & Train Wrecks book

“The world is my playground. There is no box for me.”

This simple phrase, taken from the end of Travel, Sex and Train Wrecks perfectly sums up the book and what I took away from reading Julie Morey’s autobiography. Julie did what a lot of travelers have done before her – disappeared into the backpacker Heaven that is South East Asia to escape her not-so perfect life.

And what a playground it was for her.

She flirted and maybe did a little something more with men with sexy accents from all over the globe. I feel like there should have been a map included in the e-book with pins placed on the countries of the men (and perhaps women) she kissed.

She survived the harsh heat of India, fell in love with Pai in Thailand, got “happy” in Cambodia and naked in Halong Bay, and had the “absolute best time of her life.”

But most importantly, she found what she longed for – peace within herself.

Julie, a devout Christian, felt like a contradiction after her marriage crumbled and led to divorce. In this book, you follow along with her as she forgives herself and finds inner happiness.

She writes in an informal way so readers have the sense that they are a part of the realization process. It was definitely interesting reading all of her feelings regarding the divorce, and you feel like cheering at the end when she lets it all go and the sun shines again.

I would recommend this book to all women travelers, for a laugh, for some insight and for the “oh-my-god-I’ve-totally-done-that” moments.

You can hear Julie reading a portion of her book below.

Travel Sex & Train Wrecks

About the Reviewer: Hayley is an Australian expat currently living in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. She blogs at Hayley on Holiday and writes about being an introvert constantly stepping out of her comfort zone and into the world.

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Backpacks + Daypacks

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Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


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Reader Interactions


  1. Abbie says

    This book sounds so interesting! I am currently studying in Europe for a semester, and I must get my hands on a copy!

  2. Jessica says

    Way to go Julie!! I’m always so excited to hear about other people wanting to find out what they really want out of life and who they really are!! Bravo for having the immense courage it takes to step outside of our preconceived beliefs of how to be apart of the world and digging in to make your own life “blue print”! I would love to read this book!

  3. Chloe says

    I downloaded this book to my ereader as soon as I read this article and I wasn’t disappointed. Such a fantastic read, and now my excitement for my first solo trip to Peru is even greater!

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