Books That Awaken My Travel Bug

Ten Books that Awaken My Travel Bug

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Top Ten Tuesday

Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share “books set in a place I’d love to visit” this week. This topic feels a bit too similar to Places in Books Where I’d Love to Live and Favorite Book Settings so I’m going to post about a topic I missed–books that awaken my travel bug. There’s only a shade of difference but somehow reframing the topic made the post easier for me to write.

Ten Books that Stir My Travel Bug

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West by Timothy Egan

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck–If you’re about my age (almost 44), you’re probably wondering why this book made the list. Well, Mr. Buck traced the Oregon Trail in recent years. No one died of dysentery 😀

North American Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the Continent by Matthew Bucklan and Victor Cizek, illustrated by Jack Dunnington

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson–Everything in Australia might be trying to kill you but it still sounds like a wonderful place to visit. If only we could get there from the US without that tortuously long flight.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert–This book was everywhere for a while then it became popular to hate on it. I liked the book and I’d like to visit the countries Ms. Gilbert writes about.

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach

Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach–I wish that I could have been friends with Ms. Steinbach. I found a kindred spirit in these pages.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle–The last two books make me want to visit Italy and France respectively, but they also make me glad that I’m not trying to renovate a house in either country. The delays would make me lose my mind!

That’s my list! Have you read any of these? Which books make you want to travel? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!

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  1. Oooh I didn’t know Bill Bryson did travelling in Australia book – I shall have to get myself a copy of that. I seem to be working through his bibliography lately so it’s not going to be too much of a hardship!

  2. So true about Australia. Why does it have to be so FAR? 🙂 Under The Tuscan Sun…ah, I hope to wander around Italy one of these years…

  3. I haven’t read any of these, but Eat, Pray, Love has been on my radar for a while as something to maybe try. I love how twisting this week’s topic ever so slightly made it work better for you! And agreed, I would love to get the chance to visit Australia even if everything is trying to kill me there. Such a long flight, though.

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