Five Travel Book Must-Reads to Jumpstart Your Wanderlust

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Sometimes, heading out of town on an adventure doesn’t jive with our everyday lives. While we might be ready to jet off somewhere, the only thing that can really leave is our mind.

And that’s why sometimes it is nice just to get lost in a good book. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few travel book favorites, and I wanted to take a moment to share them with you. Through the pages of these favorites, I’ve gone on culinary adventures in France, ridden on the back of a motorcycle in South America, hiking in Yellowstone, and more.

Without further ado, here are my top five travel reads:

1. My Life in France: This memoir by famed chef Julia Child provides a unique insight into live in post WWII France. Julia is new to the country, and hardly knows anyone, but she makes quick work of falling in love with the cuisine, culture, and countryside. Need an afternoon in the French countryside? This is your book.

2. The Motorcycle Diaries: Before Che Guevara helped lead the Cuban Revolution, he was a 23-year-old medical student who traveled South America on an unforgettable journey. While in many ways I don’t agree with the path his life later took, this book does have some important insights.

3. Madness Under the Royal Palms: My favorite vacation town gets a scathing and scandalous review by Laurence Leamer, and it makes for a quick and page-turning read. This part of South Florida has always had an interesting history, and he gives it an insight like never before.

4. Dear Bob and Sue: This love letter to our national parks left me wanting to visit as many as I could! It’s a funny, irreverent, and unique look at all 59 parks, and the things about them that make them great.

5. Humans of New York–Stories: I’m a huge fan of the Humans of New York IG account, and this is a great supplement to that. I’ve always thought that NYC’s best asset is her people, and this book proves it!

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Traveling? Bet on Longchamp

Handbags have been a bit of an obsession of mine for years. I love a good clutch, a rare vintage find, and a classic style.

And that’s part of why Longchamp tops my list of “must-have” handbags while traveling.

There’s just something about this brand, a French import that is known for sleek luggage, small leather goods, fashion accessories, and, of course, timeless handbags.  I’m in good company here– Duchess Catherine and her sister Pippa are also known Longchamp addicts.

My favorite bags come from the Le Pilage line, a series of bags developed in 1993 that took the world by storm and haven’t gone out of style since. These bags are foldable, packable, and roomy. They provide a wealth of uses, and they wipe clean if anything get spilled on them. I find them to be essential whenever I’m gone for a few days or a week. They never let me down.

Never tried one? You should. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!