Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Awakened the Travel Bug in Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: Books That Awakened the Travel Bug in Me



Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Strayed’s popular and beautifully written memoir gave me the (very) short-lived itch to hike one of the country’s famous trails. Don’t worry, I was over it as soon as I turned the last page.



The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim 

This charming read gave me the urge to leave behind rainy spring weather for the hot Italian sun, and a gorgeous villa setting.



A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

I’m not the biggest Hemingway fan, but A Moveable Feast is vivid and engrossing. Not only did it make me long for Paris, it also made me want to experience the Paris of the 1920’s.


36464163This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart

I talk  a lot about Mary Stewart’s books awakening the travel bug in me, and none have done so more than This Rough Magic. It has definitely placed the island of Corfu very high on my travel bucket list.



West with the Night by Beryl Markham

Markham’s exquisite prose sparked in me the strong desire to go on safari in Kenya.



A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes’ travel memoir gave me an extreme case of wanderlust. I wanted to cover my passport in stamps after reading about her year-long adventures.



A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

Forster’s classic made me want to run away to Florence immediately; Baedeker or no Baedeker, view or no view.



Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes  by Elizabeth Bard

It’s not as if I needed another reason to want to return to Paris, but this book gave me several. It also made my mouth water and my stomach growl.



Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

This is part travelogue and part art history book. It’s interesting and informative, and made me want to travel to exotic locales as well as wander through the world’s best museums.



Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

Many of Daphne du Maurier’s novels make me want to visit Cornwall, but Frenchman’s Creek also made me want to go on a sailing adventure along the coast.


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  1. Fantastic list. ❤ I'm on a travel hiatus, having recently come back from spending years abroad, but will definitely be adding some of these to my TBR for when my travel bug returns. 😀

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  2. Great top ten. I had started to make a list for this week’s topic but didn’t finish it and my first two choices were actually going to be The Enchanted April and This Rough Magic! Daphne du Maurier’s books always have wonderful, vivid settings too.

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  3. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is one of the things right at the top of my bucket list. I’ve been dreaming about it for years and although I haven’t read the novel, after watching the movie version of Wild I want to do it even more now. I’m a huge outdoorsy person and I find hiking a camping and everything of the sort to be incredibly liberating! Amazing list! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Libby! I hope you’re able to hike the PCT one day. I still need to watch the adaptation, but the book made me want to hike it. However, I’d be even less prepared than Cheryl was, so I’ll stick to enjoying her story!

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  4. Great list. You know, I’m so surprised that 1.) Wild hasn’t been on more lists (I think I’ve seen it on two so far) and 2.) That I haven’t actually read it yet. Also, I love that you included Lunch in Paris.

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  5. Jessie, sadly I haven’t read any of these, however they all sound wonderful! I was really hoping to take part in this TTT topic this week too, unfortunately the week just got away from me! If I had been able to take part, I would definitely have had My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier on my list, because not only is there the stunning, rugged Cornish coastline, but also the beautiful, sun-drenched Florence. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! My Cousin Rachel would’ve been an excellent pick. You’re so right about both Cornwall and Florence. Daphne du Maurier always makes me want to pack my bags and head off on an adventure!

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