My Favorite Travel Memoirs

I just finished reading the excellent memoir 360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham. It's the story of a California family (a married couple and their kids, age 11 and 8) who took a year off from their jobs/schools to travel eastward around the world. They had some challenges along the way, including one that completely derailed their plans. Affiliate link here and below.  

My favorite genre of book, by far, is memoirs. I love learning about other people's lives and experiences, particularly when they are completely different than my own. I especially love travel memoirs, as they introduce me to places I definitely want to visit and allow me to vicariously experience places I almost certainly will not actually visit. The Higham family in 360 Degrees Longitude travels very differently than our family does, so even if I do end up visiting the places featured in the book, I will not be seeing them in the same way. Reading other people's travel stories is fascinating to me. 

There are so many travel memoirs I've enjoyed over the years. I couldn't possibly list them all, but here is a sampling. They're all quite different. Each book is linked so you can read a description if you're interested. 




Do you have any favorite travel memoirs? I'd love to hear what they are. Please list them in the comments!


  1. I haven't read this book yet, but it sounds intriguing!!! I must give it a try. Right now I am reading "Craving London" by Jessica Stone. I couldn't resist picking it up after our trip to London!!!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I've added it to my to-read list.

  2. I wish I had more time to read...I have never actually read a travel memoir though.


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