Books about Travelling

These are the books I’ve read and deeply enjoyed.  Many of them fueled my passion to take action towards making our family travel dreams come true.  I love to share good books.  So if you’ve read any of them, please let me know what you think in the comments below!  – Jenn

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  ~ Helen Keller


Travel Books

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Nomad Rita Goldman Gelman

“Risk taking, trust and serendipity are key ingredients of joy. Without risk, nothing new ever happens. Without trust, fear creeps in. Without serendipity there are no surprises.” -Rita Golden Gelman
A moving memoir in the heart of a traveler, full of honesty and hope. This book made me weep. It is one of my favourite travel books!

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide To The Art Of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

 Another great read about the mentality and heart of a long-term traveller. It has great travel tips too. I got the tip about Poste Restante (about receiving mail when you’re travelling and don’t have a fixed address) from this book. Quite an inspiring read.

Family Travel Books

360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World by John Higham

This is a real life story about a family of four and their year-long trip around the world. Early in their trip they started out biking across Europe but had to change their mode of transportation when an accident happened in Switzerland. John Higham writes with a witty sense of humour. I laughed out loud often reading this book. I loved how it has an interactive Google Earth internet link so you could read more and see some pictures on line. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up by Holly Hughes

This book was a great place to start for inspiration in creating a bucket list of places to visit with your kids. Once we determined which countries we’d like to visit, I would flip through this guide to get an idea of what the children would enjoy and/or learn for the trip.

Adventuring With Children: An Inspirational Guide to World Travel and the Outdoors by Nan Jeffrey

I loved this book! Practical and deeply inspiring, and encourages you to see how capable you and your children can be as travelers. I got a lot of great travel tips from this book!

Exotic Travel Destinations for Families by Jennifer M. Nichols and Bill Nichols

Another inspiring book which fuels the wanderlust. Again, another great book to pilfer ideas and tips from. I appreciated the personal perspective from the authors.

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey With Our Children by David Elliot Cohen

This book was amusing and really fueled my wanderlust for family travel. This family of 5 (plus a nanny) went travelling with their young three kids, and their youngest was still in diapers. Really encouraged me to see the possibilities of travelling with little ones. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Quite an entertaining read!

Take Your Kids to Europe:  How to Travel Safely (and Sanely) in Europe with Your Children by Cynthia Harriman

This is a wonderful book which gives good reasons and practical tips in family travel throughout Europe. It also has great suggestions to kid friendly sights and activities. What I liked most about this book is that it encouraged me to see that family travel was not only practical and possible, but also rewarding. 

The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide To Living Abroad With Your Family by Elisa Bernick

This was the book I started with when I began my research about family travel. It’s a wonderful read and gives great reasons and tips travelling as a family. I found it inspiring but at the same time down to earth, as it also mentions the down side of being together as a family all the time and also mentions the reality of culture shock. This book gave me a good perspective of the pros and cons in the life of a travelling family.

World Trek: A Family Odyssey by Russell and Carla Fisher

Another lovely book which awakens the wanderlust in you. This is a memoir of a family of 4 travelling the world with two teenage daughters. One can’t help but imagine what their own family travel stories would be like after reading this book. I really related to the authors!


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