“I read, I travel, I become.”
Derek Walcott

My History With the Best Travel Memoirs

One of my favorite things about travel is learning about my destination before traveling. While I love reading about a new destination’s history, economic, and political reality, my favorite type of reading is travel memoirs. Here is a list of my favorite travel memoirs. I love going to my hotel, homestay, etc., and reading these memoirs at night during long-term travel. (Many of the books are older. I haven’t read as much as I did before. Also, high-quality memoirs, like other travel advice-related resources, are rarer than they used to be).

Other participants often remark that I ask the “most interesting and informative questions” on a group tour. These questions often come from reading travel memoirs. (Is the comment about the “most interesting and informative questions” a compliment? Let me know if I should take it as a clue to shut up instead).

Latin America Travel Memoirs

European Travel Memoirs

Asian Travel Memoirs

Other Continents

USA Travel Memoirs

Memoirs About Traveling in General

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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