Best Books for Solo Travelers
I’ve been solo traveling for the better part of 15 months now. From the start, some of the best books for solo travelers have been a part of my solo travel journey.
When I’m solo traveling, I turn to books to fill a lot of different roles for me. A book is my dinner companion when I’m dining solo and feel a little awkward about it. A book is my mentor when I want to learn something new or reflect on the growth I’m experiencing. A book is my friend to laugh with when it’s the middle of the night back home and I haven’t make a friend yet. And yes, a book is my savior on a long bus journey through the balkans.
I know I’m not alone in turning to the best books for solo travelers in times of need on the road.
Whether you are a first time solo traveler or a long term adventurer just searching for your next great read, these best books for solo travelers will keep you company on your next solo journey.
Best Books for Solo Travelers
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What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman Really wish your confident, laugh-out-loud funny friend was traveling with you? Just pick up this book instead. She shares her embarrassing, empowering tales of solo traveling and falling into “vacationships” or vacation-relationships.
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider This book is a memoir of Oxenreider and her young family’s year long trip around the world. Sure, they face different practical challenges than the typical solo traveler. That doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself equally entertained and moved by this short read.
The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah This is the best book I’ve read all year and it’s the perfect companion for a solo traveler on a dinner date for one. Sip a glass of wine and sink into this novel about a grape harvest in France, a secret world war two wine cellar, and rekindled friendships and just a dash of romance.
A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe Perfect if you get bored with just one story, this book provides perspective from many solo female travelers. It’s the kind of book to read to feel less alone.
My Paris Dream by Kate Betts If your dream is to up and move to a faraway land, particularly if that land is Paris, please read this book. It’s really a coming of age story set to the tune of the 1980’s Paris fashion scene.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert I’d bet that this book has created more solo travelers than any other. This bestseller turned megahit movie follows Gilbert as she eats in Italy, prays in India, and loves in Bali, Indonesia. She’s a beautiful storyteller and it shows.
Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom This is sort of a study in the benefits of solo travel. Rosenbloom shares her own solo travels in Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York while recounting other artists’ and writers’ transformational solo travel experiences. The book to read when you need a reminder of the good work solo travel can do in you.
Your favorite book from childhood. When you’re solo traveling, you have to learn how to comfort yourself when you’re feeling down. I know that my favorite books as a kid instantly make the world feel like a happier place.
A book perfectly suited for your destination. In the reading world, there is nothing quite as nice as reading the perfect book at the perfect moment in the perfect place. Find reading list recommendations by destination here or ask me on twitter.
Absolutely any book you feel like. You’re solo traveling so the likelihood of running into anyone you know is next to none. Pull out that guilty pleasure rom-com or nerdy text or book that you’ve been meaning to read for months. It’s your solo trip and you can do (and read!) absolutely anything you want.
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