Ever since I was a kid, I've had my nose in a book. I remember the summer I turned nine my school had a summer reading challenge and the goal was to read 10 books. I read 78. (Neeeerd.)

And while I read lots of genres, nothing enthralls me like a good travel memoir.

Summer is coming, the season of languid poolside reading sessions, so I wanted to provide some reading material for my fellow bookworms. More specifically, I wanted to share my favorite travel memoirs.

Travel Memoirs

Mother Tongue: My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish

Into Thin Air: My Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding (sooo funny!)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

A House in the Sky

A Year in Provence

Notes from a Small Island

In a Sunburned Country

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe


Other Incredible Memoirs:

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Call the Midwife (a three-part series and also a fantastic BBC show available on Netflix!)

The Year of Magical Thinking


Also I recommend almost anything by Bill Bryson, Joan Didion, David Sedaris, or Cheryl Strayed – they're all incredible memoirists.

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On My List!

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

At the Crossroads of Should and Must

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City one Step at a Time


An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey Into the Alaskan Wild

What's on your summer reading list? Are you a memoir fan or more of a fiction reader?

Fellow bookworms/francophiles – check out this post, too! The 10 Best Books to Read Before Visiting Paris

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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