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3 Recent Travel Memoirs Take You on Inner Journeys

IMG_8118Travel Memoir has become a popular genre, savored by armchair travelers who may never leave home and devoured by those who want to follow in the footsteps where globe-trotting authors have led. The best of these memoirs take readers along for an emotional, spiritual and intellectual ride, as the authors connect with people around the world and learn about their own beliefs and perspectives in the process.

Over the last few years, readers have traipsed through the Sierras with Cheryl Strayed in Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail; experienced absorbing affairs around the world with Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love; and explored the Australian Outback with Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country, just to name a few.

Dozens more travel memoirs have been published during the last 18 months, written by authors who recount their physical journeys and also capture the passion and thrill of their experiences. If you enjoy reading travel memoirs that chronicle authors’ outer and inner journeys, try these three books, all published in 2015.

  1. On a Mission: An 800-mile Walk to Discover California’s El Camino Real, by Maggie Espinosa. In what the author describes as “the journey of a lifetime,” Espinosa walks between each of California’s 21 Spanish Colonial missions, discovering the spiritual and historical landscapes that continue to influence California today.
  2. Around the World in 50 years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth, by Albert Podell. This inspiring book tells the story of Podell’s visits to each of the world’s countries as he survives wars, robberies, earthquakes, wild animal attacks and hilarious encounters with his own species.
  3. Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe, by Andrew Dickson. Traveling to countries on four continents, Dickson found surprising places where Shakespeare’s plays tap into the psyches of citizens from diverse cultures. From Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell on Robben Island in South Africa to modern Shanghai, China, Dickson encountered people and events that showcased the continuing relevance of the Bard’s words.

Day of the Dead – an Inspiration for Memoir Writers

Day of the Dead celebration, Easter Island (Chile)

The end of October brings every child’s favorite holiday, filled not only with candy, but also with ghosts, goblins and skeletons. Halloween is a way of sweetening the fear and mocking the scariness of death.

10 Best Travel Memoirs for Summer Reading

Memoirs about travel have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, at least as far back as Marco Polo, who wrote about his sojourn from Venice throughout the Asian continent in the 13th century. His adventures still captivate us today and you can even find a Kindle version of The Travels of Marco Polo (Modern Library Classics, 2012).

Today’s travel memoirs continue to reflect a fascination for far-flung travel. They give us a chance to experience the intrigue of the unknown vicariously, in a time when “travel” often involves being wrapped in the safe cocoon of a cruise ship or on a bus with like-minded passengers who speak the same language. (more…)

Travel Memoirs: Create Memory Books with Stories and Photos

My husband and I recently returned from a trip to London and Paris with our 11-year-old granddaughter. We decided to take her while she still might want to travel with us old folks and before the company of friends, especially boys, would be more preferable. Our intention was to introduce her to a world of art, history and ideas and to expose her to the notion that there is much to learn about and appreciate beyond the Denver suburb where she lives. The key to our success would be to create a lasting memory, which I will discuss at the end of this blog.

We decided to spend five days in London and five days in Paris, with a ride between the two cities via the Chunnel on the Eurostar Train. I planned an ambitious schedule packed with (more…)