“There is no frigate like a book”: Travel Reads!

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

-Emily Dickinson

Are you traveling this summer? Or wishing you were traveling this summer? Or knowing that summer is soon coming to a close and want to prolong its awesomeness? Maybe you want some books to accompany you on your journey or some books to take you away while you sit in your comfy chair from home. Well, there’s nothing like a good book to take you to new places! Try these out if you are looking to get away!

Walking the Amazon: 860 Days – One Step at a Time by Ed Stafford (2012)

Walking the Amazon
“From the star of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Marooned comes a a riveting, adventurous account of one man’s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon—and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.” -Amazon

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering by Clara Bensen (2016)

“Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage.” – Amazon

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett (2010)


“Three friends, each on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, make a pact to quit their high pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world.” -Amazon

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut by Salma Abdelnour (2012)

Jasmine and Fire

“As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since then — even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New York City — Salma has had a hunch that Beirut was still her home. She kept dreaming of moving back — and finally decided to do it. But could she resume her life in Beirut, so many years after her family moved away? Could she, or anyone for that matter, ever really go home again?” -Amazon

Honeymoon with my Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner (2005)

Honeymoon with my Brother

“This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams – when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn’t let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway – there just wouldn’t be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz’ travel companion would be his brother, Kurt.” -Amazon

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks (2013)

Italian Ways

“Parks begins as any traveler might: “A train is a train is a train, isn’t it?” But soon he turns his novelist’s eye to the details, and as he journeys through majestic Milano Centrale station or on the newest high-speed rail line, he delivers a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians―conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants―Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal architecture amid grand monuments; and an undying love of a good argument and the perfect cappuccino.” -Amazon

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