Not Just Travel: 11 Fabulous Female Travel Memoirs that take you on an Internal Journey as well

Not Just Travel: 11 Fabulous Female Travel Memoirs that take you on an Internal Journey as well

In September 2013, Julia Zimmermann and Franz Neyer published a paper called, “Do we become a different person when hitting the road? Personality development of sojourners”. Study participants fell into two groups: longer-term travellers and non-travellers. All participants were tested for, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness and Emotional Stability. Participants who then spent time overseas scored higher in all areas when retested. In fact, the longer they travelled, the higher the scores.

The largest study of its kind confirms what most travellers know implicitly: travel changes you. Travel can be an experiment in self-development. The wanderers of the world often begin their journey loaded down by baggage but over time, the load lightens. It becomes apparent that to enjoy the journey they simply need to let things go. As the external baggage lightens, so does the internal baggage. They let go of prejudice, and preconceived ideas, ignorance and fears. Any long-term journey is also one of internal geography.

To celebrate the incredible Mary Moody visiting the Better Reading offices today, and the release of her latest memoir, The Accidental Tour Guide, we’ve compiled a list of 11 fabulous female travel memoirs. Are your favourites on this list? Let us know.


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  1. Karen says:

    Where do I find the list ??

    • Leah says:

      It’s not really a list so much as a set of images. The books are: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, Only In New York by Lily Brett, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed, The Joy of High Places by Patti Miller, Tracks by Robyn Davidson, All Good Things by Sarah Turnbull, The Accidental Tour Guide by Mary Moody, Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald, and Almost French by Sarah Turnbull. Hopefully this helps.