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8 Travel Memoirs that Will Inspire You to See the World in 2015

Locations in this article:  New York City, NY Paris, France Rome, Italy

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to find new travel inspiration. With topics varying from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to volunteering around the world to back-alley Vietnamese adventures, we found eight travel memoirs coming out this year you won’t want to miss.

Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley – February 8, 2015


Lucy Knisley is a graphic memoirist and travelogue cartoonist with all the witty charm of a modern, twentysomething woman. In this story, Knisley paints the adventures of her volunteer travels aboard a cruise ship to watch over her ailing grandparents.

Wide Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever by John Marshall – February 10, 2015

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John Marshall, a middle-aged man in a deteriorating twenty-year marriage and father to two teenagers lost in their own worlds, decided to take his family on a trip around the world to reconnect again. To keep the trip affordable, they decided to volunteer their way around the globe, and the experience made their travels more meaningful than Marshall could have imagined.

Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table by Graham Holliday – March 17, 2015

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Graham Holliday, an English journalist and blogger, was so inspired from a single picture of Hanoi that he decided to pack up and move halfway across the globe to live the life contained in that picture. In this book, Holliday takes the reader on a journey through the mouthwatering back alleys of Hanoi and Saigon, where he finds a bit of love as well.

Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America by Bruce Weber – March 17, 2015

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Bruce Weber is an obituary writer for the The New York Times who, at 57, decided to take a lone cross-country bicycle ride from the Oregon coast to New York City’s George Washington Bridge. His mid-life-crisis-inspired travelogue and memoir chronicles his meditations and reservations, as well as all of the adventures and people he met along his 90-day, 4,122 mile journey.

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth by Albert Podell – March 24, 2015

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Albert Podell is a record-setting traveler; he recently became the first American to visit every single country in the world and has also set the record for completing the longest automobile journey of all time. In this memoir, Podell recounts his most memorable travels, such as those during riots, revolutions, civil wars, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, animal attacks, child soldier encounters, and, of course, those with beautiful women.

Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro by Kara Richardson Whitely – April 7, 2015


In this memoir, Kara Richardson Whitely recounts her third journey up the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro—at 300 pounds. Richardson Whitley openly describes her struggles with food addiction, something she refuses to let stop her from reaching the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. She had successfully reached the top on her first try years prior, but after a failed second attempt, she gained up to 360 pounds and became discouraged from trying again. This inspiring story details the way she decided that the only way out of her rut was to stop waiting for her weight to drop and just climb the summit once again.

Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City by Elizabeth Helman Minchilli – April 7, 2015

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Based on her blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, this memoir allows readers to follow Minchilli on her stroll through the city’s monuments to discover Italy’s food culture. She not only describes the best places to go to, she explains why Italians love them. This book is filled with detailed descriptions of the best trattorias, cafes, pizzerias, and gelaterias of Rome, and also mouthwatering recipes you can try at home.

My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts – May 12, 2015

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Renowned fashion journalist, and one of the youngest people to ever serve as the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Kate Betts is a woman well-versed in all things style. My Paris Dream is an insightful memoir about the trials and tribulations of advancing her high-profile career in Paris as well as her thoughts on what great style means in the City of Light.

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