2020 has been the year that unfortunately confined most of us to our familiar space. Travel restrictions have made it close to impossible to visit new places. But those who love to travel and read can find a bit of comfort in travel memoirs.
Reading about it might not be the same as experiencing it first hand, but our minds can open worlds to us. In this article, I’ll show you some of the most inspiring travel book memoirs, that you can enjoy in your cozy living space.
1. Nala’s World by Dean Nicholson
Even though this was released at the end of September 2020, it rapidly became one of the best-selling travel memoirs on Amazon. 30-year-old Daniel Nicholson starts on the adventure of his life, around the Globe. A few months later he stumbles across a kitten in the mountains of Montenegro. He adopted it and named it Nala. The duo has been traveling the world and their adventures are told in this inspiring book.
2. Don’t Come Back by Adam Fletcher
The winner of the Writer’s Digest 2019 will take you through the strange adventures of Adam Fletcher, who was invited on a free holiday through Asia and Africa. It’s a light read for an evening when you just want to stay at home. Adam’s adventures blend comedy with tragedy and you will not be able to put this book down.
3. Escape from the Ordinary by Julie Bradley
When Glen and Julie decided to retire, sell all their possessions, and buy a sailboat, they didn’t think adventuring into the unknown would be as challenging as it proved out to be. They’ve visited countless islands, been through 10 storms at sea, and explored cultures and traditions. You can join their adventures in this illustrated travel memoir book.
4. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
One of the best memoir books on this subject, tells the tale of Ernest Shackleton, as he attempted to reach Antarctica in 1914. This piece of literature will chill you to the bone if you read it during winter, so make sure to keep a cup of hot chocolate in reach.
5. One of Them: My Life Among the Maasai of Kenya by Eti Dayan
The book follows the story of Eti Daya, an Israeli woman who decided to travel to a small Maasai village 20 years ago. Her story shows the life and struggles of a Western person who tries to integrate into a completely different culture. It’s full of emotions, but also a great source of information about the local tribes in Kenya.
6. Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home by Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson decided to leave her husband and her old life, to be an endurance hiker. The book follows her adventures through the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail while facing the dangers of the wilderness and exposure to the elements. Hiking enthusiasts can relate to her struggles, from the comfort of their home, or reading the book in a tent, under the light of a lamp.