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A Travel Inspired Reading List

Although we love the saying "Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport," there is certainly a lot of inspiration to be found in travel-related fiction and non-fiction. A librarian friend (and study abroad alum!) shared this reading list, shown below or available for download, which we hope helps YOU get inspired to find your adventure abroad!

Travel – Nonfiction
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  • Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World by Holly Morris
  • All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
  • Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude by Lauren Dane
  • An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie
  • Around the World in 50 Years by Albert Podell
  • Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer
  • Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • From Heaven Lake – Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet by Vikram Seth
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
  • Lost on Planet China by Maarten Troost
  • Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
  • Mud, Sweat and Gears: Cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats (Via the pub) by Ellie Bennett
  • My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
  • My Paris Dream by Kate Betts
  • Nothing to Declare by Mary Morris
  • Squirrel Pie and Other Stories by Elizabeth Luard
  • Tales of a Female Nomad Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
  • The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy
  • The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  • What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
  • Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach 
Travel – Fiction
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  • Fire Summer by Thuyda Lam
  • French Lessons by Ellen Sussman
  • Holiday in Cambodia by Laura Jean McKay
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George
  • One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser
  • Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
  • The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Ruins by Scott Smith
  • The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
  • Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith