There are few things more relaxing than kicking up your feet and relaxing into a interesting book. This summer, set aside some “me time” to read an inspiring travel story. Whether you read them on a beach, a plane or in your bathtub, here are 10 stories we recommend you pick up:

1. The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner – Confronted with marriage and careers, three friends make a decision to embark on a journey they will never forget. Leaving their jobs, boyfriends and lives behind, Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner go out in search of meaning and enlightenment, wondering if the lifestyle they have is truly the one they want. Traveling 60,000 miles around the globe, the girls grow as women and as friends. The Lost Girls is a story of sisterhood that will inspire anyone who has ever wanted to break away and discover what is waiting beyond their doorstep.

2. Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes – In the sequel to her bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes describes her ongoing life in Tuscany and her love for everything that is Italy. Within the pages of Every Day In Tuscany, Mayes shares her life with readers, discussing what she has experienced since the last book, as well as her happiness and the challenges she has faced. By providing details of her day to day life embellished by her favorite recipes, Mayes provides a personal account of what it means to live a life in Tuscany.

3. The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 edited by Stephanie Elizondo Griest – The sixth book of an annual series, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 is a compilation of journeys from women who have traveled across the globe and back, discovering things about themselves and the world around them. Readers will learn something new about countries on every continent that will make them cry, laugh and fall in love with travel all over again.

4. Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn – Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home is a classic story of heartbreak and bouncing back. Author Maria Finn was hopeless when she discovered her husband was cheating. She left him behind and in an effort to nurse her grief, signed up for Tango lessons. In the art of Latin dance, Maria learns about love, loss, taking risks and finding out what you really want. Once perfecting the moves, Maria journeys to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of Tango, and learns to love again.

5. Female Nomad and Friends by Rita Golden Gelman – After getting divorced in 1987, Rita sold everything she owned and left home to become a nomad. She published her journey, Tales of a Female Nomad, in 2001, after which thousands of readers contacted her. She visited them and stayed in their homes, sharing stories and breaking bread. In her new novel, Female Nomad and Friends, Rita writes about her new adventures in addition to those of writers and readers sharing the humanity they experience while traveling.

6. Where the Road Ends: A Home In The Brazilian Rainforest by Binka Le Breton – As a result of their mid-life crisis in 1989, Binka Le Breton and her husband Robin decided to start their life anew in Brazil. The couple left their life in Washington D.C. behind and built a house in South America, attempting to become a part of the community they now called home. Her book tells the story of their struggles, their adventures and the things they learned along the way about surviving and flourishing in a country that is not your own.

7. All Over the Map by Laura Fraser – Laura lack of a husband or children at age 40 leads her to seek comfort in her passion for travel and her love affair with a charming Parisian. She is celebrating her birthday in Oaxaca, Mexico, when her French lover meets up with her and announces that he loves another woman, leaving Laura heartbroken. Left with nothing, Laura wonders if her dedication to travel is actually depriving her of the other things she wants from life. In an effort to find the answer to her life question, Laura goes globe hopping, traveling from one country to the next and trying to decide between her desire for a husband and family or her passion for adventure and travel.

8. The White Mary by Kira Salak – Marika Vecera is a young war reporter just returned from the Congo, who is embarking on her first serious relationship. When she hears that Robert Lewis, a famous war correspondent and hero to Marika, has committed suicide, Marika drops everything to begin writing his biography. Just as she is getting started, Marika is contacted by a missionary with the news that Lewis is alive. Drawn by her desire to know the truth, Marika leaves her life in Boston behind and travels to Papua New Guinea, the world’s least explored frontier, in search of answers.

9. No Strings Attached by Leslie Atkins – Travel writer Leslie Atkins is a firm believer in the fact that there is no better way to get to know yourself than to travel solo, whether you know what you are doing or are completely inexperienced. No Strings Attached explores the benefits of traveling by yourself and reveals how a person can get to know themselves when they are surrounded by the unfamiliar.

10. Postcards and Pearls by Gina Greenlee – Postcards and Pearls is made up of 118 postcards sharing lessons learned by women as they traveled the world alone. Women of all ages have discovered the enjoyment and reward of being able to travel solo and have written their experiences on Postcards to share with anyone who needs a little bit of inspiration.

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