In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re kicking off our inaugural edition of Pursuit Reads with our favorite travel books written by brilliant female authors.
From brave solo adventures to historic journeys, these women beautifully and honestly share stories from the road that are sure to inspire travel.
Kankimäki brings readers on a fascinating historical journey from Tanzania and Kenya to Japan and Italy to trace the footsteps of some of history’s greatest female explorers and artists, including Karen Blixen, Yayoi Kusama and Sofonisba Anguissola. It’s a beautiful blend of history, travelogue and biography that explores the life and times of groundbreaking women who dared to break the rules.
This laugh-out-loud-funny memoir follows Newman on her adventures around the globe, from Iceland to Israel, throughout her 20s and 30s as she falls in love with the places and people she meets. Newman honestly and vulnerably shares the challenges of young adulthood, as she struggles with a desire to settle down and a want to explore the world.
Saro-Wiwa travels from London to her native country of Nigeria to explore the fascinating history of — and her own complicated relationship with — this West African nation. She journeys across the country to some of its most remote corners and bustling cities to give readers a unique and witty view of the people and places she encounters.
This bestseller follows Strayed on an epic journey across the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert all the way up to the Oregon-Washington border, following a major loss. This beautifully written and raw memoir highlights the healing power of adventure and travel.
Our round-up wouldn’t be complete without this 2000s classic that inspired women all over the world to hit the road on a solo adventure. Gilbert takes us with her to Italy, India and Indonesia as she learns to live again and fall in love with life. If you haven’t read this book in a while, pick it back up and be inspired to hit the road solo.
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