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I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be able to take an extended vacation from my daily responsibilities and travel the world. Unfortunately I’m not independently wealthy, so that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon!

Lucky for me, we have thousands of books at the library that can transport me to another location just by opening the front cover. And best of all, it’s free with my library card! Below are some of the most memorable trips I’ve taken across the globe, all giving me a new perspective and helping ease my wanderlust just a bit.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Distance from Me to YouTHE DISTANCE FROM ME TO YOU
by Marina Gessner
(2015)

I read this book just a few weeks before my friend Jake began his 2,659 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. I loved following his 140 day journey from Mexico to Canada as he posted updates, videos, and pictures on Facebook. While this book covers the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, many of the elements of a long trail hike were the same. For example, I loved reading about trail angels, and then seeing the acts of kindness Jake benefited from on the trail. Because I’d already spent some time on the trail due to reading this book, I felt like I had a better understanding of what he was experiencing on his own journey across America.

 

EUROPE

WanderlostWANDERLOST
by Jen Malone
(2016)

I went on a Mediterranean cruise in 2008 and have wanted to go back ever since! In particular I’d love to go back to Italy. In addition, I’d love to explore more of Europe, there’s so much to see and such great food to eat! I loved traveling to Amsterdam, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Venice, Cinque Terre, and Monaco along with Aubree and her busload of senior citizens.  

 

 

 

AFRICA

Kisses from KatieKISSES FROM KATIE: A STORY OF RELENTLESS LOVE AND REDEMPTION
by Katie Davis
(2012)

While I’ve never been to Uganda, after reading this book I felt like I had a better idea about the country, culture, and people. In the midst of her senior year in high school, Katie and her dad went on a short mission trip to Uganda during her Christmas break. Katie had no idea that this trip would change her life forever. After taking a gap year to spend more time serving the Ugandan people, she eventually decided to not only move to Uganda, but to adopt 13 girls and establish a non-profit organization that helps many more. I was riveted by this story and how Katie found her purpose in life.  

 

 

ANTARCTICA

No Horizon is so FarNO HORIZON IS SO FAR: TWO WOMEN AND THEIR EXTRORDINARY JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA
by Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft
(2003)

This biography was an insightful look at the preparation and determination needed to survive on a trek across the South Pole. Although Liv and Ann grew up across the world from each other, both developed a fascination with Antarctica and a desire to be the first women to ski-sail across the continent via the Shackleton Glacier. I enjoyed reading about their chilly adventures from the comfort of my warm home!  

 

 

OUTER SPACE
An Astronauts Guide to Life on EarthAN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH
by Chris Hadfield
(2013)

What better way to end our trip around the globe than to head to the stars?!? I learned so much about what it takes physically and mentally to prepare for life on the International Space Station. I first heard about this book while listening to an NPR story about how food is prepared and eaten in space. Chris has multiple entertaining YouTube videos recorded during his time floating above the earth that helped me get a better mental picture of what it would be like to live in zero gravity.  

 

 

 

While I still want to explore much more of the world, for now I think I can be satisfied with a good book!

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