Travel Memoirs (reading)

Wrong About Japan: A Father’s Journey with His Son by Peter Carey

Travel Memoirs (read)

Tales from a Travelling Mum: Navigating Europe with a Babe-in-Arms by Alice Griffin- This was a fantastic read for any mom on the go since it is broken up in chunks. Great tips are given throughout along with a sweet and wonderful tale of ditching it all to follow your dream. I just wish she had written more. Stay tuned for Ms. Griffin’s first fiction book. A little birdie told me she is hard at work on it.

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz – Professional cook and baker moves to Paris. He taunts readers with delicious recipes that are even translated into American standard measurements and gives ingredients we can find locally. Could anything be more cruel? I’m already half way through and can’t wait to see what he cooks next. 

As the Romans Do by Alan Epstein- An interesting look into the life of an expat family living in Rome. The idea of la familia, a sit down meal, coffee, futbol and how Romans look so amazing all the time are discussed. 

Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals: Adventures in Love and Danger by Wendy Dale – so funny. A great read. 

Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan – in journalism school a professor told me that journalist generally had a screw loose, which is why they could head to war and just throw themselves into the middle of things. Photographers are no different. A must read for anyone who wants to get into the action.

A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson – beautiful watercolors that highlight a truly gorgeous culture and country. 

Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana by Isadora Tattlin

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew Pham

Without Reservations: The Travel of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach – I enjoyed it very much. Her sequel was not as great but it was still a fun read. Kind of a later in life Eat, Pray, Love.

Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks

Rick Steves’ Postcards from Europe by Rick StevesI read this a few years back. It was entertaining. I just picked up his Travel as a Political Act, so I’ll be reading that soon too.

A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle – a must read if you are headed to the South of France. Make sure you have snacks handy. No book has ever made me so hungry. 

Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes

Travel Memoirs (to be read)

My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere by Susan Orlean

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People by Susan Orlean

A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

Foreign Babes in Beijing by Rachel Dewoskin

Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse – Brigid Keenan

My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell

The Best Travel Writing 2010: True Stories from Around the World by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, Sean O’Reilly and William Dalrymple

Travel Memoirs (Recommended by friends)

The Art of Travel

Life on Planet China

Sex Lives of Cannibals

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven- the story of 2 women who traveled into China right after the travel ban was lifted.

Love in the Time of Malaria

The Motion of the Ocean- a young couple sails from Oregon to Japan

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written by Keryn Means