If you are planning a solo backpacking trip through South America on the cheap you can expect one thing: extremely long bus rides. South America is a huge continent and if you have made the decision to travel on a shoe-string budget you most likely spend a good amount of time on buses getting from one country to another. Some bus trips can be as long as 36 hours in which case you have two options: sleep or find a really good book to pass the time.
So what novel should you invest in before embarking upon your solo adventure abroad? Here are a few of my favorites:
Tales of a Female Nomad
A true memoir account written by Rita Golden Gelman, is about her decision to travel to Mexico after a separation from her husband and feeling unfulfilled by her suburban life in the states. She starts her journey to self-discovery guided only by instinct and spontaneity; she chooses a small indigenous village in Mexico called the Zapotec where she resides in a small hut for one month. From there she travels through Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel and continues her journey in the Galapagos Islands. She ends her 15 year journey in Bali and decides from then on she will never return to a normal life in the United States. If you are looking for a book to inspire, this is it. Not only will her story encourage you to travel, but it will also empower you on a deep level to travel the open road alone.
Written by Cheryl Strayed, this wildly entertaining memoir follows the author’s true account of a valiant trek of a thousand miles through the Pacific Crest Trail starting in the Mojave Desert through California, Oregon and Washington State. Although the story is set in the United States, this book captures the true essence of a journey to self-realization and the strength a woman possesses both psychically and mentally. This book will keep you scintillated until the very end, and accurately captures the way a woman thinks, reminisces, and ruminates while on the road alone. A good book if you are a woman who is considering traveling by yourself through South America. It will give you the confidence and push to take the plunge!
A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe
Well if the title doesn’t already imply what´s inside this truly remarkable book, Travel Tales from Around the Globe, is a compilation of stories from women all over the world who have taken the globe by its horns and decided to bravely travel alone. You will encounter stories about camel-riding in India, a woman who finds herself stranded at train station in a Thai village armed with bandits, and other first-hand accounts from solo woman travelers from all over the globe. The stories will send both shivers up your spine and thrill you to the end. A great book to sporadically pick up and read for an hour or four, this book will surely provide you with enough entertainment for those never-ending South American bus rides.
What are some of your favorite travel reads?