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6 Summer Reads to Inspire Wanderlust

6 Summer Reads to Inspire Wanderlust

A holiday weekend is coming up here in the States and I am bummed that there are no exciting travel plans on my agenda (saving up time off for some big trips this fall).  For anyone else who needs to sate or inspire wanderlust, or maybe you just need a good beach read for your next trip, here are 6 books about travel to enjoy this summer.

If you like Indiana Jones and a good travel adventure...

try The Fargo Series by Clive Cussler, starting with Spartan Gold.  Sam and Remi Fargo are world adventurers who always seems to stumble upon historical treasures and the local cartel inevitably stands in their way and endangers their lives.  These are excellent as audiobooks if you have a roadtrip coming up as they appeal to all genders and ages.  Try it out with an Audible free trial.

If you like time travel fiction...

try Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Travel back to Revolutionary Era Scotland with a nurse from WWII as she deals with the political, social, and healthcare challenges thrown at her as she tries to find her way back to her time.  If you prefer to watch instead of read, the book is now a series on Starz which you can purchase as an add-on to your Amazon Prime Instant Video account.

If you like Jane Austen and want to take advantage of the lower GBP rate...

try Notes From a Small Island.  Bill Bryson's farewell journey across the length and breadth of Britain is delivered with a combination of irreverent humour and touching nostalgia, while offering insights into our modern society. The list of Britain's more bizarre place names and Bryson's unerring antipathy towards some of the country's less glamorous outposts are particularly amusing.  If want more, Bryson is one of the world's best travel writers and has many other great reads.

If you need a guidebook to plan your next trip...

try any of the Lonely Planet guidebooks which are included with a Kindle Unlimited account if you have one.  I am currently reading up on Kenya and Tanzania to prepare for an African Safari later this year.

If you are passionate about innovation and design thinking...

try The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner.  Travel to Socrates’ Athens, 1900s Vienna, Renaissance Florence, and modern Silicon Valley which inspired some of the world’s greatest minds.  Weiner walks the same paths as Michelangelo and Freud to try to understand why genius flourishes in specific places at specific times in history. 

If you want to make your family reunion drama pale by comparison...

try The Vacationers by Emma Straub.  For the Post family, a trip to Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.  This one is next on my reading list!

What is on your summer reading list?  Any other travel book recommendations?

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