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Books That Will Feed Your Wanderlust

My loves,

So as you may have already noticed I am forever stuck in a state of wanderlust. I love traveling so much it is not even funny. So when I am not off discovering a new place, I like to pretend I am by living through other people’s adventures. I am always and I mean always on the hunt for books about traveling. I don’t care where they travel, how they travel or who they travel with. Heck, I wouldn’t even care if it weren’t a true story. I just want to know all about their experiences and all of the wonderful places they have discovered.

IMG_0654Here are a few of my favorite books about travel that I have discovered:

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner

IMG_0651“With their 28th birthdays looming, Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner  are quickly rocketing towards management positions, mortgages, and marriages . . . but all share a similar fear: Is this what they want, or what they think they should want? Feeling in serious need of perspective, they decide to leave it all behind, quit their jobs, and begin an epic search for meaning and enlightenment. Traveling 60,000 miles around the world, from the mountains and jungles of South America to the beaches of Australia, passing through Kenya, India, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand along the way, the trio will not only find themselves, but a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood-a bond forged by exotic illnesses, cockroach-infested trains, Maasai tribal initiation ceremonies, long distance break-ups, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.”

This book still remains my absolute favorite (so far), of all the travel books I’ve read. It might have to do with the places they went or the fact that they all quit their jobs in their late twenties to see the world. I found it completely inspiring, as someone in their early twenties who feels like I should be traveling more. You really are never too old to travel. This beautifully written memoir will speak to anyone who has any desire to travel or who has traveled. It’s a definite must if you are stuck in a state of wanderlust like myself.

These three wonderfully talented women also have a blog that has answers to all your questions about traveling. From planning to budgeting they have it all. They also have pictures and a little more on their adventures.

Lost Girls World

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and dark chocolate) by Amy Thomas

IMG_0650“Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. Working on the Champs-elysees, strolling the charming streets, and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light.

But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle’s rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you’re meant to live doesn’t always taste like the one you envisioned.

Part love letter to Paris, part love letter to New York, and total devotion to all things sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life.”

This book is beyond mouth-watering and deliciously wonderful. You will fall in love with both New York and Paris after reading this book. Now I’ve always loved Paris so it was really easy for me to love this book. But she writes her memoir in way that is so unique and crazy sweet. The book is surrounded by sweet treats, crossaints and hot chocolate. And the best part about the book. She tells you where to find the best macarons, chocolate chip cookie, hot chocolate and cupcakes in both New York and Paris. She even provides a list of all the bakeries in the back of the book. I just enjoyed every minute of reading this book. Trust me you’ll be booking a flight to Paris after this read.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

IMG_0652“Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends’ weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed.
Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports.”

This is my most recent travel read and I very much enjoyed it. First of all it is absolutely beyond hilarious. Which makes sense considering the author of this lovely memoir has written for That 70s Show and How I Met Your Mother. Kristin Newman really makes you want to set out and travel on your own. It’s an interesting book because so many women in their thirties struggle with the fact that they need to settle down, get married and have kids. But Kristin Newman shows you there really never is any rush and you can get on with life just fine on your own. It was truly an inspiring read about a woman who finds love in so many different places. And she sees so many amazing things and experiences and meets so many amazing people. You are never too old to travel and you should never be afraid to travel alone. It is such an amazing experience.

Well my loves. Those are 3 of my favorite travel reads. Have any you can recommend for me?

Laurelle, xo

Forever Stuck in A State of Wanderlust

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