Select Page

Why we should all be reading more books by women

I might digress into a rant here but only because I had to read another list by a man, who forgot that there are female authors, citing the “20 books you should read this year”. Out of the 20 books this author found essential to read in 2017, only a measly 3 were by women. How is that even possible? Did he not know any more female authors? Or did he simply not consider books by women to be quite as essential? Mind you, he did consider reading the manual of the Apple Watch to be essential. Regardless of...

Read More

“The Futures” by Anna Pitoniak: Economic crisis meets growing up

Growing up is hard. High-school. Undergrad. Postgrad. And then what? While for 20-odd years you’ve just been blissfully moving from one pre-determined stage of life to the next, you suddenly find yourself in front of this vast sea of opportunities. And you’re utterly clueless where to go from here. Remember that moment in your life? I certainly do which may be why I loved reading “The Futures” by Anna Pitoniak so much. A captivating read for anyone who’s ever been confused about love, life and the way ahead. Love, life and the way ahead “The Futures” captures the confusion you...

Read More

This has been a long time coming | Meet the new Travel Read Explore

This has been a long time coming. Throughout the first 8 months of this year I have been thinking about the direction I want to take Travel Read Explore in and its not been an easy process. When I started this blog, I wanted to tell stories and I wanted to put a strong emphasis on books and travel writing. But then I started thinking: Who wants to read about books? And how is my blog going to be successful if I don’t write listicles that everyone is going to search through Google for? The more I learnt about successful...

Read More

Books set in… the United Kingdom

Books are a great way to get to know a country and to get deeper into what makes its people tick than a travel guide. In the series “Books set in…”, I put together lists of books that help you find a novel that fits your next trip. The books on this list span across several centuries and are set right across the UK. As it happens, I have a lot more books listed that are set in London… But I am constantly reading and working on extending the list all the time. I will also constantly add links...

Read More

Books set… in the United States and Canada

Books are a great way to get to know a country and to get deeper into what makes its people tick than a travel guide. In the series “Books set in…”, I put together lists of books that help you find a novel that fits your next trip. The books on this list are set right across the USA and take place in the last 100 years. They show little slices of everyday life in the US. The struggles, sorrows and joys of life in New York, San Francisco and in a car driving from one coast to the...

Read More

My favourite (international) traditions: Pancake Tuesday

If you ask me, one of the best things about travelling is that you get to know other traditions. Growing up, you experience every year pretty much in the same way. A Christmas tree always looks a certain way and the food on Easter always includes a certain dish but not another. Once you travel, you get the chance to experience everything differently. Back home, you can adopt your favourite traditions that you met along the road, like Pancake Tuesday! Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is wedged between Shrove Monday and Ash Wednesday and is thus part of the preparations for...

Read More

How to prepare a trip by… Reading

You picked a country, saved up money, bought the plane ticket and now you can’t wait to go! But wait, do you know anything about the place you’re going to? Whether it’s the sights, the people, the customs or the language, there are a lot of things you could or should know before you travel somewhere. And the best way to learn about a country and its people is through books, films and, of course, the internet. In the next couple of posts, I will introduce you to the best and most fun ways to get in touch with the places...

Read More

The (almost) complete list of travel books – Nonfiction Edition

Have you ever looked for a book of a country you were just about to go to? I have. And I know many people have because that was one of the most frequent questions I heard while I worked at a bookstore in Berlin. Books are actually a pretty good way to get to know a country. Movies and TV shows usually show the “pretty” version of a place. Who wouldn’t like to live in a huge apartment in New York and hang out at a coffee shop almost 24/7 while barely working like the people from Friends?! But that’s...

Read More

Throwback Thursday: Kayaking in the Abel Tasman

Last year in February, I had just come back from two weeks in New Zealand and a trip to the Abel Tasman. And as it was so grey and cold over the last few days, I thought I’d do another Throwback Thursday. I went to New Zealand to attend the wedding of my Kiwi host sister (I went to school in New Zealand when I was 16 and lived with a family there. And up to this day, we’re still in touch). So for my first week, I was in Wellington, my favorite city in New Zealand. At first I...

Read More

Six of my favourite travel books of the past 12 months

I just love reading. It calms my crazy mind and it is my way of travelling for times when I can’t actually travel. My mum always made sure that I was surrounded by books. Fiction, guides, travel books, atlases, coffee table books and many more. A habit, I have certainly kept up (on a recent trip to London I just bought 10 more). I have read a lot of travel books during the past couple of months and so I wanted share some of my favourites with you. Gloria Steinem – My life on the road This book first came to my...

Read More