Need inspiration for your next adventure? Here are some classic books by intrepid female travelers – all available in road friendly paperback.

Travels With Myself and Another: A Memoir
by Martha Gellhorn
The glamorous war reporter (and former wife of Ernest Hemingway) recalls her adventurous life.
The Nomad
edited by Elizabeth Kershaw
The diary of Isabelle Eberhardt, a European who – dressed as a man – traversed Algeria’s deserts at the turn of the 20th century.
America Day by Day
by Simone de Beauvoir
A French existentialist journeys across 1940s America, from New York literary salons to the Grand Canyon.
A Winter in Arabia
by Freya Stark
She shocked her fellow Brits by studying Arabic and the Koran, and moving to Baghdad in 1929. This volume records Stark’s trip through the country that is now Yemen.
Four Corners
by Kira Salak
In 1995, Salak abandoned graduate school (and her boyfriend) for a dangerous odyssey through Papua New Guinea’s remotest jungles. A swashbuckling tale.
The Gastronomical Me
by M.F.K. Fisher
These essays – as much about place as they are about food – trace Fisher’s evolution from provincial Californian to worldly gourmand in pre-WWII France.
West with the Night
by Beryl Markham
In this poetic memoir, one of the first female bush pilots recalls the wild expanses of East Africa in the early 20th century.
by Robyn Davidson
At the age of 27, Davidson trekked across 1700 miles of Australia’s outback with only four camels and a dog. As compulsively readable as it was 20 years ago.
by Jan Morris
The celebrated Welsh writer tours a Watergate-shocked DC, an apartheid-stricken Pretoria, and other cities in this collection of Rolling Stone pieces from the 1970s.