At age 15 I won a Book Award. I chose a book about Brazil, because it was the most exotic destination I could think of. That book was full of glossy photos of people with skin even darker than my own, and coffee bushes, and jungles, and it filled me with a desire to visit far off lands.
Then I discovered the huge and wonderful array of travel memoirs and I have never looked back. When I am not travelling, or blogging about travel, I am reading other people’s travel blogs and memoirs.
My current fix is Almost French by Sarah Turnbull. Sarah was a young Australian woman who took a year off from her job as an SBS television journalist to travel in Europe, met a Frenchman, and moved to Paris. In her book she shares her romantic love affair with Paris.
Will it inspire me to travel to Paris – to walk the same streets – to eat in the same restaurants? Maybe!
Extra Virgin, and Ripe for the Picking, written by Annie Hawes, about her life amongst the olive groves of Liguria, inspired me to visit the village of Diano San Pietro. The village was way smaller than the big characters that inhabited it in her story.
We ended up staying amongst the olive groves, terraces and glass houses in Ceriana, but took a day trip to discover Imperia, Diano Marina and Diano San Pietro, that had come to life for me in Annie’s books.
Do Travel Memoirs inspire you to travel?
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