Best Women’s Travel Books for 2021: Planning Future Travel

What book inspires you to travel?

by Carolyn Ray, JourneyWoman Publisher 

What’s the last book you read that made you want to start planning your next trip?

For the past seven months, we’ve been travelling virtually around the world through our JourneyWoman Book Club.  We may not have been able to travel in real life, but we visited Portugal, Ireland, France, Spain, the USA, the Middle East, and are wrapping up the year with Egypt and Brazil.  (You can see the previous books we’ve read here).

These books have really been a source of inspiration for me and I’m so grateful for my book club co-host, Wendy, who does an incredible job bringing these stories to life. If you haven’t joined us, please do!

woman reading book

We need your help to chose our 2021 reads!

Wendy and I will review all your recommendations and curate a list of books to keep us inspired through 2021.  Please suggest books that are relatively recent, and readily available through independent bookstores, libraries and as downloads. Some books can take 2-3 weeks to order so we will publish the entire year by early December so that you can get your holiday gift list ready!

AAll ideas are welcome, but we’d really love books written by women, about women’s experiences, solo travel and those that feature women of colour. We want books that are honest, real and well-researched. Books that inspire us, touch our soul and affect our perspective. Books that bring us joy and spur our curiosity. Books that teach us about wildlife, the environment and our natural world are also welcomed.

Join us at our last two book clubs in 2021!

Discussions are on the third Wednesday of every month, so please save the date and time of 8 pm ET! (November 18, December 16).  For each book club we also invite a local expert to join us and share her insider perspective.

The Mistress of Nothing, Kate Pullinger

November 18:

Mistress of Nothing,

by Kate Pullinger

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

December 16:

State of Wonder,

by Ann Patchett

Calendar invitations for 2021 will be on our new events calendar when we announce the 2021 picks.

Some Inspiration…. 

The Booker Prize Shortlist

The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Women's Prize for Ficton

For more information visit here.

2020 National Book Awards

For more information visit here

Scotiabank Giller Prize

For more information, visit here.

Nominate your book here by Friday, November 20

Please complete the form below with your recommended book, and let us know what you learned by reading it.

We’ll share the list in our next JourneyWoman magazine on November 17,

Please note, we may quote your first name but we will not share your email.

Carolyn Ray

Carolyn is the Publisher + Editor-in-Chief of JourneyWoman and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). A Canadian raised in South Florida, Carolyn loves historic destinations and always has her backpack ready to go.



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    2 books to recommend
    Girl,Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo a novel that tells stories of a dozen women of color in contemporary Britain

    Song of the Cuckoo Bird by Amalya Malladi
    A gathering of misfit women and girls who share decades together in an ashram on the Bay of Bengal


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