TravelBook Club

10 books by women that will take you on epic adventures

Paddle into Papua New Guinea, bike across the Himalaya, and tag along on a trek from Mongolia to Australia in these inspiring reads.


Sarah Marquis, shown here in Kimberley, Australia, has written about her adventures on a 1,000-day solo trek across several continents.

Unflappable women have spent centuries traveling the world, bravely pushing boundaries and defying conventions as they go—only to write luminous accounts that, all too often, get lost in the stacks of history.

The following 10 books by women—the latest installment in our ongoing Around the World in Books series—reveal fresh perspectives on our world, through the eyes of gutsy explorers past and present.

Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, by Jan Morris, 2001. In this ode to the moody Italian city that she calls “Europe distilled,” Morris shares singular insights—bookended by visits as a young soldier in 1946 and then half a century (and a gender-reassignment surgery) later, as an elderly woman.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West, 1941. While the world teeters on the brink of war in the 1930s, West reveals the (often troubled) soul of the Balkan Peninsula in a sprawling political portrait threaded with observations both obsolete and eternal.

Two Towns in Provence, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1964. As “brash as a newcomer”...

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