Top Ten Tuesdays #187: Travel Bug

Posted June 12, 2018 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 5 Comments

Recent Books That Awakened the Travel Bug In Me

Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.

I love books that inspire me to travel, even though I truthfully haven’t ever taken myself up on those urges. I still need to acquire a passport (yikes) but absolutely plan to have an international trip planned within the next 2-3 years. I’ve done posts like this before (some on my TBR and others outside of the US). I decided to expand beyond international travel here because there are plenty of US-based books that inspire me to travel somewhere or by some method.



Love & Luck by Welch | The Upside of Falling Down by Crane

Both of these books surprised me by how much I wanted to see Ireland by the time I was done reading! I have to admit, that particular country has been low on my list. After spending 26 years in the US and spending a good portion of that time brainstorming my first international trip, that wouldn’t be high on the list. I have changed my mind a bit now! It seems gorgeous and picturesque.

Trips: By Road or By Foot


Amy & Roger by Matson | Starry Eyes by Bennett 

Two very different settings, but both books involve travel-related journeys! I loved A&R because it made me really want to get back on the road and travel somewhere far by car. Our last trip was 16 hours to Hilton Head and while it wasn’t amazing to do THAT long, I would definitely consider driving somewhere like 8 hours away. I read STARRY EYES a couple of months before we planned a camping trip and it was great timing. I really enjoying hiking and outdoor activities like that, so our trip to Acadia also helped spark that in me.


The Key to Everything by Stokes

Chris has already been to Thailand and I think we’d visit Vietnam first anyways (he’s already been there too), but I definitely added it to my list! Chris enjoyed his time there but didn’t remember anything when I kept asking him questions from the book… whoops.

European Exploration


9 Days & 9 Nights by Cotugno | Finding It by Carmack

Both of these books were great in different ways. The thing they had in common was that I wanted to travel anywhere in Europe – especially a longer trip to multiple countries! I don’t remember much about where they went in these books but I know that my first international trip will be somewhere in Europe (unless we plan a cruise before then but whatever).

Cute Small Towns


Herons Landing by Ross | Stay Sweet by Vivian
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Spotswood

This should not be a surprise to anyone given how much I talk about cute small towns on my blog! I loved all three of these stories for various reasons, but their settings took them to the next level. Whether its a coastal town in the Pacific Northwest, or a small lake town with a thriving summer population, or a little community near a river in Maryland… all three of these made me want to explore some spots this summer and beyond!

5 responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays #187: Travel Bug

  1. Vi

    I love Cora Carmack’s books! I should have included that one in my own list, but it’s been awhile since I read and reviewed it.

  2. So, I had some problems with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, but that one definitely stirred the travel bug in me. Particularly the road trip one. I’m also working on finding every road trip song listed in that book. Lol.

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