Best Reads of 2013: From Blogs to Books

It’s been a great year full of great reads on travel and adventure and so I decided to wrap up the year with my ‘Best Reads of 2013: From Blogs to Books’.  I’ve read countless blog posts over the year and many from my favourite travel bloggers.  Including the hours spent reading blog posts I somehow also found time for hours spent with my nose between the pages of some great travel books.  Below are my top 4 favourite travel books I read this year, as well as my top 4 travel blog posts that I read.

2013 best readsBOOKS:

  • The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel FriedmanA great read that will make you think about testing your limits, facing your fears and choosing the life you want for yourself.  I could really relate to her story of ending up choosing a life out of the norm, while friends are creating careers, settling down and having families – all I want is to travel!
  • Notes From a Small Island by Bill BrysonA clever, witty and sarcastic tale of Bryson’s travels around Britain.  What he loathes and loves is all intertwined.  To me the following part of the book is what encapsulates Bryon’s honesty of his travels through his great books.  It goes something like this:
    He’s completely soaked through and arrives at the desk of a guesthouse, just off the southern coast of England, where the lady at the desk inquires,
    “Is it raining?”
    And Bryson replies, “NO, my boat sunk and I had to swim the last seven miles to shore.”
  • Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl StrayedA truly inspiring woman on an inspiring, as well as, heartbreaking journey.  The classic journey of self.  I first thought I’d not be able to relate to a “wild” woman who had the guts to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone; a woman, alone, in the wilderness – no thanks!  But through reading her story I realized she could be anyone, she could be me and that made her journey even more astounding.
  • Only Pack What You Can Carry by Janice Holly BoothAnother inspiring woman who kept pushing herself to her limits and push through her fears.  Her decision to travel alone is what made me think I could too!


  • Adventurous Kate
    A 20 something who quit her job at 26 to travel the world alone.  Adventurous Kate is my favourite travel blogger – she’s always honest (sometime brutally) and gets to the root of the places she travels to and brings them to vivid life. “And Then We Saw Her” – about catching sight, fleeting but memorable, of a geisha in Kyoto.  Made me think that these beautiful moments are what make up many treasured travel memories.
  • Ashley Abroad
    A 20 something from Michigan who at 21 quit the norm and moved to Paris and has been exploring the world, its food and writing about it all ever since.”Life as a Paris Expat” – about the good and bad about living in Paris as an expat.  Her writing is continuously raw, genuine, honest and insightful.
  • Bucket List Publications
    Lesley Carter is an adventure and adrenaline junkie with a passion for travel and living life to its fullest every day and writing about it all.”My Journey Back in Time to Petra” – about her trek to the Treasury in Petra, Jordan.  She brings you there to the desert through the senses. Her writing is always full of fun and inspiration, with a push to live like every day was a holiday.
  • The Kay Days
    A college student who travels the world and helps promote student travel through her passionate and sometimes poetic writing.”Building Tolerance Through Travel” – best summed up with a quote from the post, “If more people travel, then more people will have more knowledge about the world.” ~ Kay

What’s your 2013 best reads? 

I’d love to hear what your favourite travel book or travel blog post was this year!


I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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