Book Review: Wanderlust
Publisher: Seal Press, June 2011
Genre: Travel Memoir
Source: The publisher for the TLC Book Tour
My Rating: B
Why do we love to travel? What is it that causes our feet to itch for new landscapes? I’ve always thought it was something I inherited from my parents and grandparents (all immigrants). We may never know the exact cause, but I certainly recognize the feeling when it comes over me.
Elizabeth Eaves, the author of Wanderlust: A Love Letter to Travel and Exploration, has been consumed with a desire and a passion for traveling. It started when she was nine and her family spent a year in Spain and a summer in a VW bus traveling Europe’s campgrounds.
Then her first serious boyfriend set off on an around-the-world trip and sent her aerograms from exotic places. That did it. She wasn’t sure whether she loved him or his traveling life style.
In her sophomore year of college Elizabeth enrolled in a study-abroad program and she never looked back. She went from the Middle East to the South Pacific to Europe. She worked to keep on going. For Elizabeth, travel wasn’t to keep moving or about seeing the next new place. She had a deep desire to explore and understand new cultures and meet new people.
Wanderlust is a memoir written with intelligence and honesty. It’s more than a travelogue. It’s about living in the places she discovered. We meet the people she meets. and see the rooms and apartments she lived in.
I was surprised by the number of men she accumulated along the way. A part of me said, “Well, why not – she’s young.” The other part of me was concerned that there were too many men. The traveling was supposedly for the purpose of discovering herself. It took her a while before she saw that she had accomplished that goal. By age thirty-four she was ready to go home. When I turned that last page my first thought was, “I wonder where she is now.” I don’t think her itchy feet will let her stay in one place for long.
I’d recommend Wanderlust for anyone who loves travel memoirs and people with their own bug to travel. It will probably appeal more to women.
Check your local library or your local bookstore for Wanderlust. It’s also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)
Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. For other reviews on Wanderlust visit the schedule here: TLC Book Tours