Travel Lit Tuesday: “A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago” by John Brierley

brierley1Ok, so it’s not travel literature, per se, but seeing how all posts this week will be dedicated to my upcoming trip to Spain, I figured I’d share with you all the book that is going to guide me along the Camino de Santiago. I’m pretty good at navigation, but I’m hoping that this guide, along with its accompanying companion map book, will squash any possibilities of me getting lost. Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “Getting Stoned with Savages” by J. Maarten Troost

coverContinuing on with my love affair of J. Maarten Troost, I now bring you Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu. Acting as a follow-up to Troost’s adventures in Kiribati, as documented in The Sex Lives of Cannibals, this book covers the author’s return to the South Pacific with his wife and a different way of island living. Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” by J. Maarten Troost

11077Let me all introduce you to one of my new favourite travel writers: J. Maarten Troost. I’ve seen this book on the shelves of various bookstores over the past few years, and although the title has always caught my attention (honestly, how can it not?!), I never went through with the purchase. I would always pick it up, read the back, find myself dreaming of the South Pacific, then put it back in its place. But now that I’ve read it, I’m officially hooked. Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “The Lost Girls” by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett & Amanda Pressner

thelostgirlsMany of us have the dream of leaving our regular 9-5 lives behind in order to travel the world for an extended period, but very few of us actually take the leap of faith needed to make it happen. Courage comes in numbers, however, and The Lost Girls — a travel memoir collectively written by three friends — proves that with support, you really can make your travel dreams come true.

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Travel Lit Tuesday: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

alchemistAbout a month ago I received a message from my friend Eric with the question: “How do you feel about writing in books?” My initial response was that it’s blasphemy because books are so sacred to me, but then he went on to tell me about his copy of The Alchemist: “All the dog-eared pages, sticky notes and underlines — they make it my Alchemist. This book is sacred to me.” Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

wildI was first introduced to Cheryl Strayed in May 2013 by one of my best friends, Aleesha. We were having a girl’s weekend at her house, and as I put my things in the guest bedroom I scanned her bookshelf (something I do whenever I visit), and her copy of Wild jumped out at me like a caged animal who just realized it was free to go. Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “The Lost Continent” by Bill Bryson

lostcontinentToday marks the final Tuesday of December, and with it my last Bill Bryson book review. I’m a bit sad to be done with my Bryson binge, but I’m also excited to start introducing new stories and authors that have captivated me in the past. There’s nothing like a good travel memoir to make you want to take off on your own. Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “Neither Here Nor There” by Bill Bryson

neither“The first time I came to Europe was in 1972, skinny, shy, alone…The aeroplanes were old and engagingly past their prime — oxygen masks would sometimes drop unbidden from their overheated storage compartments and dangle there until a stewardess with a hammer and a mouthful of nails came along to put things right…” Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson

woods“Not long after I moved with my family to New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town. A sign announced that this was no ordinary footpath but the celebrated Appalachian Trail. Running more than 2,100 miles along America’s eastern seaboard, through the serene and beckoning Appalachian Mountains, the AT is the granddaddy of long hikes.” Continue reading

Travel Lit Tuesday: “Notes From a Small Island” by Bill Bryson

9780380727506“What a wondrous place this was — crazy as fuck, of course, but adorable to the tiniest degree. What other country, after all, could possibly have come up with place names like Tooting Bec and Farleigh Wallop, or a game like cricket that goes on for three days and never seems to start? Who else would think it not the least odd to make their judges wear little mops on their heads…What other nation in the world could possibly have given us William Shakespeare, pork pies, Christopher Wren, Windsor Great Park, the Open University…and the chocolate digestive biscuit? None, of course.” Continue reading