The best travel books for women

The Books I Picked & Why

The Women I Think about at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes

By Mia Kankimäki, Douglas Robinson

The Women I Think about at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes

Why this book?

Mia Kankimäki’s thoughtful travel memoir explores female adventurers of the past, from Karen Blixen of Out of Africa to Yayoi Kusama, an artist who voluntarily lived in a psychiatric hospital for decades. Kankimäki confronts her own personal demons while considering the challenges these mighty women faced as they journeyed into places unknown.

The Women I Think About at Night is part travel essay, part history lesson, and an all-around enjoyable narrative about female adventures who defied cultural norms to build the lives they wanted.


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Sihpromatum - Backpacks and Bra Straps: Backpacks and Bra Straps

By Savannah Grace

Sihpromatum - Backpacks and Bra Straps: Backpacks and Bra Straps

Why this book?

Continuing the saga that began in her first book, I Grew My Boobs in China, Savannah Grace moves into new territory with Backpacks and Bra Straps, which takes the reader to Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, through Western China, and into Tibet. Grace gracefully weaves in interpersonal dynamics of traveling with family and the backpacking community while coming-of-age during travel in Asia.


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Embrace of the Wild: Inspired by Equestrian Explorer Isabella Bird

By Linda Ballou

Embrace of the Wild: Inspired by Equestrian Explorer Isabella Bird

Why this book?

Isabella Bird was one of the great female adventurers of the 19th century. She spent six months in the Sandwich Isles (now Hawaii) in 1873 and then traveled in the Rocky Mountains, at a time when Colorado was discussing statehood. Bird’s writing still inspires to this day.

Contemporary author Linda Ballou expands Bird’s unique story in Embrace of the Wild. Ballou deftly digs into Bird’s culture and experience as a women adventurer of those days, bringing Bird again to life for all her fans.


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That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light

By Vicki Lesage, Adria J. Cimino, Marie Vareille, Didier Quemener, Jennie Goutet, April Lily Heise, Lisa Webb, E. M. Stone, David Whitehouse

That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light

Why this book?

This book is for those who love Paris or even just the dream of Paris. In this collection of fiction and non-fiction tales, a diverse group of writers take the reader to unexpected sides of the City of Lights, with a diverse array of experiences, from a romantic encounter to a heartbreaking mishap. In this enjoyable collection of tales, you can travel to Paris, if only for an evening.


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Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers

By Jane Robinson

Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers

Why this book?

Florence Nightingale, Freya Start, Gertrude Bell, Karen Blixen, and many other well-known women share their travel adventures in this wildly audacious and inspiring collection of stories. From encountering a madman in the Amazon to surviving a shipwreck, these intrepid globe-trotters overcome many challenges in their dauntless explorations. This book will show you a different side of these famous women.


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