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Top 10 books for those with wanderlust


As one couple traveling around the United States in there minivan pointed out to me, living the nomad life can be lonely. You can’t often establish community while also searching for your next campsite or Airbnb. That’s why its pretty much necessary to have a good book along, both for company and for inspiration. Here are 10 awesome books about the wandering lifestyle that will help keep you busy by the campfire, under the stars, with your beer or glass of wine. Rough life, huh ūüôā

1) Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom

Ken Ilgunas graduated from college with over $30,000 in debt, and decided the fastest way to pay it off was to buy a used Econoline van, travel across the United States, and work odd jobs to pay off his student loans.

2) At Home in the World: Reflections of Belonging While Wandering the Globe

Tsh Oxenreider spent nine months with her husband and three kids under age 10 traveling the world,¬†journeying from China to New Zealand, Ethiopia to England, and more. Perfect for people who want to glimpse the globe from Tsh’s stories, and decide where to go from there!

3)  Peanut Butter and Naan: Stories of an American Mom in the Far East

Jennifer Magnuson went on quite an adventure with her family when her husband got a job in India. The family unplugged from their over-pampered lives in Nashville to gain perspective and see how a different part of the world lives.

4)¬†Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

Robyn Davidson hiked across 1,700 miles through a harsh environment, which makes my 250 mile trek through the Sierra Nevada look like child’s play. She endured heat, fought off poisonous snacks and creepy men, and learned how to take care of camels. An inspiring and amazing story.

5)¬†The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman’s Search for the Meaning of Wife

It’s not easy for everyone to live together in a tiny space, and Janna Esarey got to test out marriage in the small confines of a sailboat during a 17,000 mile journey around the world. This book helps you picture sailing from the tree-lined skyline of the Pacific Northwest to the swaying palm trees of the South Pacific. I can’t wait to visit those places myself!

6) What I was Doing While you were Breeding

Not yet ready to settle down like many of her friends were doing, Kristin Newman took weeks-long breaks every year from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer to travel around the world alone. Kristin not only fell in love with many parts of the planet, but with many foreign men as well.

7) No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering

Clara Bensen never knew that when she signed up for a online dating account, she would also soon sign up for a trip around the world with a man she barely knew, no hotel reservations, and no baggage! Clara learned to explore outside her comfort zone, and learned a lot about herself in the process.8) The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

This piece of journalism digs into the life of¬†Christopher Knight, who disappeared into the woods in the 80s and didn’t speak to another person for 27 years, when he was caught trying to steal food. Knight lived in the woods in a tent and enduring freezing winters and broke into cottages for food and supplies. An amazing story of a real hermit.

9) The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Jeannette Walls’ amazing memoir stayed on the best-seller list for seven years and is about to be made onto a movie. The story is about her life growing up with eccentric, nomadic parents, and how even now, her parents choose to live homeless on the streets of New York City. An illuminating read.

10) Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

Judith Fein is a travel journalist who seeks out the quirky in her experiences around the world. In this book, we follow her on 14 writing assignments from countries like Turkey, Guatemala and Novia Scotia. It will inspire you to pack your bags and explore!

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