Books to Read if You Have a Serious Case of Wanderlust

There are amazing sights to see, cultures to experience, and adventures to embark on… and sometimes all you need is a good book to take you there! We rounded up some of our favorite memoirs and novels that are sure to satisfy your case of wanderlust.




Double Cup Love by Eddie Huang

You may recognize Eddie Huang’s name from his hit shows, Fresh Off the Boat and Huang’s World. In this celebrity chef’s brand-spankin’-new memoir, Eddie brings his hilariously raw personality as him and his brother travel to China to experience new dishes and reconnect with lost roots.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

Rachel has a rather average and predictable life at most, but a spontaneous decision to fly to Ireland leads Rachel on a series of eye-opening adventures across three continents. The perfect memoir if you’re on a personal journey to find yourself – aren’t we all?

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

When everything seems to fall apart, we often seek new adventures to fill the void. This is exactly what Elizabeth Gilbert does following a crushing divorce and a wave of depression. In this memoir, Gilbert explores three different cultures overseas and shares her lessons along the way.




The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

Explore the Jazz Age of Paris in this historical fiction about none other than Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Could you love someone who is so wrong for you? Hadley must face this struggle among others as her and Hemingway navigate through life in post-war Paris.

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

As a foreign correspondent, Weiner is used to reporting from countries of crisis. The self proclaimed “grump” decides to make a change and head out on a search for the happiest places on earth. This inspirational memoir takes us across four continents and tackles the topics of what makes people happy around the globe.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

An adventure awaits you in this novel! Follow main character Pi as he gets stranded with a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck in the Pacific ocean. Life of Pi was also adapted into a movie, so check that out as well!




The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbet, and Amanda Pressner

We all dream of dropping everything we’ve ever known to travel the world, but these three young women make this dream a reality. Get ready for some feels – this memoir showcases true friendship!

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

If you’re actually picking up and leaving on an adventure overseas, this book is a great option. This helpful resource takes you around the world and highlights the best tourist destinations and must-see sights across the globe.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Sometimes the most eye-opening travel destinations are right here in the states! Bill Bryson acts as your witty tour guide in this travelogue where he dives into the awe-inspiring details of his hike through the Appalachian Trail. You’re sure to laugh a bit along the way!




The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

We love a good classic! A Shepard boy named Santiago must travel all the way from his homeland of Spain to the far Egyptian desserts on a quest for treasure. This novel is a great spiritual read if you’re into that!

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

Perhaps this is the best read for someone wanting to understand this feeling of wanderlust. Rebecca Solnit explores the themes of feeling ‘lost’ in every sense of the word. What makes us lost? Do we have to lose ourselves in order to find ourselves?

The Beach by Alex Garland

An idealistic beach, deeply hidden and forbidden to tourists, is sought after by a man named Richard and a young French couple. After some time they realize that this Utopia may not be as perfect as it seems.


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