Need a good read for your next flight? Pick up one of these must-read travel memoirs (and, no, none of them are Eat, Pray, Love).
If you’re the one in your friend bunch who’s yet to settle down and start popping out babies, and you’d rather pursue other activities — namely travel — then this memoir is for you. It’s entirely comedic and possibly slightly offensive to some, but worth the read if you think you might be able to relate.
For Francophiles, A Year in Provence is an absolute must. The travel memoir is a deep study on the Provencal lifestyle, cuisine, history and more. If you’ve yet to visit, you’ll book your trip and pack your bags within the first few chapters.
This memoir isn’t technically a travel memoir, but it does feature a fair bit of travel and is highly gripping. Martin recalls her troubled childhood, jumping from home to home, across continents, before establishing her own life in mid-America. There, she goes on to start her “Global Table Adventure,” exploring the cultures of the world through food and introducing them to her blog following.
Of course, few can spin a phrase like the late great Anthony Bourdain. If you’ve watched all of Bourdain’s shows on Netflix and other streaming services, but have yet to read his A Cook’s Tour memoir, don’t wait another second.
South Philadelphia is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods — with attitude to boot. The foodie, Italian neighborhood continues to rise through the ranks as one of the city’s longest-lasting, cuisine-centric locales, but with a lot of new blood moving in.
While it’s unlikely you’d go all the way to Lisbon, Portugal, for just one dish, there’s certainly one bite you must have while you’re there: the egg tart. Pastel de nata (cream pastry) is a national obsession that has become a bucket-list bite for nearly every traveler to the country’s seaside capital. Fortunately for tourists, the city’s most iconic landmark, Belém Tower, is located just across the street and down the shoreline from the city’s undisputed powerhouse of pastel, Pastéis de Bélem. Unfortunately for visitors, the line leading to Pastéis de Bélem’s bakery counter may be the longest line found anywhere in the city, as salivating hordes wait their turn to taste the original, secret recipe invented by the monks of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery in Santa Maria de Bélem, itself an architecture masterpiece that places it at the top of any Lisbon must-list.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
According to a recent study from financial services company Allianz Global Assistance, more than a third of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in two years. For this study, a vacation is considered a leisure trip of at least a week to a destination more than 100 miles away.