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Best Women's Travel Books

Woman Travel: Wanderlust and Lipstick

There’s a common message among a number of new women’s travel books this year: go solo! Traveling on your own is a growing trend, and for many it means no compromising, more immersion experiences, and more serendipitous opportunities. For inspiration and information, we recommend these recently published titles: Transitions Abroad's Women's Travel columnist Beth Whitman's Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo and world traveler Stephanie Elizondo Griest’s 100 Places Every Woman Should Go.

Whether you want to travel solo, with a group of friends, or with a tour, the resources in the women's travel section will help put you on your path. —The Editors


A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler by Thalia Zepatos (The Eighth Mountain Press). Detailed advice on practical matters for women traveling abroad alone.

A Woman's World: True Stories of Life on the Road (Travelers' Tales) by Marybeth Bond. This Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for Best Travel Book winner brings together more than fifty contemporary voices. Women such as Pam Houston, Gretel Ehrlich, and Robyn Davidson tell their tales and share their humor and courage.

Adventures in Good Company: The Complete Guide to Women's Tours and Outdoor Trip by Thalia Zepatos (The Eighth Mountain Press). Profiles more than 100 companies worldwide that offers trips for women.

Being a Broad in Japan: Everything a Western Woman Needs to Survive and Thrive by Caroline Pover

Gutsy Women: More Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road (Travelers' Tales) by Marybeth Bond. An updated and expanded edition of Bond’s bestselling Gutsy Women. Includes valuable information and tips for women of all ages and types, from those on their own to volunteer travelers, senior travelers, and business travelers.

Outside of Ordinary Women's Travel Stories edited by Lynn Cecil and Catherine Bancroft (Second Story Press). The stories in this volume are written from the heart. You don’t have to be a traveler to enjoy reading these 32 accounts from every part of the world. They offer inspiring and empowering perspectives on women who go beyond their comfort-zones to learn about themselves and the world.

Safety and Security for Women Who Travel by Sheila Suan and Peter Laufer (Travelers’ Tales). Authors and world travelers help lay to rest fears and provide guidance.

Solo Traveler: Tales and Tips for Great Trips, 1st ed. (Special-Interest Titles) by Lea Lane. In this book of personal experiences, Lane covers topics such as solo-friendly accommodations, dining on your own, group and special-interest travel, and making friends and finding romance.

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman (Three Rivers Press). This children’s book author writes an inspiring and honest book about beginning a new life, not just as a divorcée but, more importantly, as a nomad of the world.

The Woman Road Warrior by Kathleen Ameche (Agate). This is a business travel book for women. Ameche takes the reader through the complete realm of solo women’s travel, from making the reservations to getting around the city and where to eat. Safety is addressed and each chapter has an easy-to-use checklist as an aide to organizing your travel plans.

Traveling Solo: Advice & Ideas for More than 250 Great Vacations by Eleanor Berman (The Globe Pequot Press). This award-winning guide describes more than 250 vacations for those with a variety of budgets and interests. Candid comments from former trip participants are included. Also provides advice about traveling safely while alone, joining a group, or traveling as a single parent with kids.

Women Travel: A Rough Guide Special, 4th ed. Edited by Natania Jansz, Miranda Davies, Emma Drew, and Lori McDougall (Rough Guides, Penguin Group). First-hand accounts from more than 60 countries.