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Women travel writers

Letters, narratives, location memoirs, stories, and diaries; ethnographies and monographs; adventure and misadventure journals; and celebrations of food, culture, and place. Arranged alphabetically by author’s—often husband’s— last name. Compiled by Kathy Grossman. Last updated November 2006.

Anonymous (1770?– )
Maiden Voyages and Infant Colonies: Two Women’s Travel Narratives of the 1790s. Edited by Deirdre Coleman

Anonymous. (1920?– )
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Walks in the Conquered City. A Diary. 2000.

Abu-Jaber, Diana.
Arabian Jazz. 2003.
The Language of Baklava: A Memoir. 2005.
Crescent. 2005.

Ackeley, Mary L. Jobe. (1886– )
Carl Akeley’s Africa: The Account of the Akeley-Eastman-Pomeroy African Hall Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History. 1931.
Restless Jungle. 1936.
The Wilderness Lives Again: Carl Akeley and the Great Adventure. 1940.
Rumble of a Distant Drum: A True Story of the African Hinterland. 1946.
Congo Eden. 1950.

Alec-Tweedie, Ethel Brilliana. (1860–1940)
A Winter Jaunt to Norway: With Accounts of Nansen, Ibsen, Bjőrnson, Brandes, and Many Others. 1894.
Sunny Sicily: Its Rustics and Its Ruins. 1904.
An Adventurous Journey (Russia-Siberia-China). 1928.
Tight Corners of My Adventurous Life. 1933.

Alexander, Caroline
One Dry Season [retracing Mary Kingsley’s journey through West Africa]. 1991.
Has also written books on Shackleton expedition and Bounty mutiny.

Angelous, Maya.
All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes. 1986. Describes her move to Ghana in 1962.

Aschkenas, Lea
Es Cuba: Life and Love on an Illegal Island

Atwood, Melinda. American.
Jambo Mama: Adventures in Africa [Kenya]. 2000.

Bailey, Rosemary. British. (1953– )
Life in a Postcard Escape to the French Pyrenees. 2003.
The Man Who Married a Mountain: A Journey through the Pyrenees. 2006.

Bartel, Mimi.
Oh, No! Not Another Ruin! Wickedly Funny Travel Tales of an American Adventuress. 2000.

Bedford, Sybill von Schoenebeck. (1911–2006)
A Visit to Don Actavio: A Traveller’s Tale from Mexico. 1953.
The Faces of Justice: A Traveller’s Report. 1961.
As It Was: Pleasures, Landscapes and Justice.
Pleasures and Landscapes: A Traveller’s Tales from Europe. 2003.

Beevor, Kinta. (1911– )
A Tuscan Childhood.

Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian. British. (1864–1926) “British Queen of Iraq,” formed Baghdad Archaeological Museum, committed suicide, buried in Baghdad.
Arab Warlords and Iraqi Star Gazers: Gertrude Bell’s The Arab of Mesopotamia.
The Desert and the Sown: The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of Arabia. 1907.
Amurath to Amurath. 1911.
Persian Pictures.
Poems from the Divan of Hafiz.
Safar Nameh.
The Thousand and One Churches
About Bell:
A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq. By Liora Lukitz. 2006.
Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally to Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach.1996.

Bengis, Ingrid.
Metro Stop Dostoyevsky: Travels in Russian Time. 2003.

Berg, Natasha Ilum. Swedish. (1971– )
Rivers of Red Earth. 1999.
Tea on the Blue Sofa: Whispers of Love and Longing from Africa. 2004.

Bird, Christiane.
A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts. Journeys in Kurdistan.
Neither East nor West: One Woman’s Journey through the Islamic Republic of Iran. 2002.

Bird, Isabella Lucy. English. (1831–1904)
An Englishwoman in America. 1856.
The Hawaiian Archipelago. 1875.
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains. 1879.
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan. 1880.
Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan.1891.
Among the Tibetans.1894.
Korea and Her Neighbours. 1898.
Chinese Pictures. 1900.
Notes on Morocco. 1901.

Birkett, Dea.
Serpent in Paradise. Journey to Pitcairn Island. 1997.

Bisland, Elizabeth. American. (1861–1929)
In Seven Stages: a Flying Trip around the World. 1891.

Blackburn Julia.
The Emperor’s Last Island: A Journey to St. Helena. 1993.

Blixen, Karen. [pen name Isak Dinesen.] Danish. (1885–1962)
Seven Gothic Tales. 1934.
Out of Africa. 1937.

Bly, Nellie. (1864-1922)
Nellie Bly’s Book: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days. 1891.

Bond, Marybeth.
Gutsy Women: More Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road.
A Woman’s World.
A Woman’s Passion for Travel: More Stories from a Woman’s World.
A Mother’s World: Journeys of the Heart.
Gutsy Mamas: Travel Tips and Wisdom for Mothers on the Road.
A Woman’s Europe.

Brayfield, Celia. British.
Wild Weekend.
Deep France: A Writer’s Year in the Béarn. 2004.

Bullock, Fanny. See Fanny Bullock Workman.

Burkett, Elinor. American.
So Many Enemies, So Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places. 2005.

Calderon de la Barca, Frances. (1804–1882)
Life in Mexico. 1843.
Kulu: The End of the Habitable World [Indian Himalayas].

Calcott, Lady Maria. Scottish. (1786–1844)
Journal of a Residence in India. 1812.
Letters on India, with Etchings and a Map.1814.
Three Months Passed in the Mountains East of Rome, during the Year 1819, 1820. 1821.
Journal of a Residence in Chile during the Year 1822. And a Voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823 1824.
Journal of a Voyage to Brazil, and Residence There, During Part of the Years 1821, 1822, 1823 1824.
Voyage of the H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the Years 1824-1825. 1826.

Campbell, Deborah.
This Heated Place: Encounters in the Promised Land [Israel]. 2004.

Carey, Alice. American.
I’ll Know It When I See It: A Daughter’s Search for Home in Ireland. 2005.

Caulfield, Annie.
Kingdom of the Film Stars: Journey into Jordan. 1997.

Chetwode, Lady Penelope Hester Betjewode. British. (1910–1986)
Kulu: The End of the Habitable World [Indian Himalayas].
Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andalucia [Penelope and “La Marquesa,” her mare]. 2002.

Child, Julia Carolyn McWilliams. (1912–2004)
My Life in France. Written with Alex Prud’homme. 2006.
About Child:
Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child. By Noel Riley Fitch. 1999.

Clark, Eleanor.
Rome and a Villa. 2000.

Clifford, Sue. British.
England in Particular: A Celebration of the Commonplace, the Local, the Vernacular and the Distinctive. Written with Angela King. 2006.

Constable, Pamela.
Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia. 2004.

Cooper, Susan Fenimore. (1813–1894)
Rural Hours [in North America]. 1850.

Cox, Jennifer.
Around the World in 80 Dates.

Dale, Wendy.
Avoiding Poison and Other Noble Vacation Goals. 2003.

David-Neel, Madame Alexandra. (1868–1969)
Immortality and Reincarnation: Wisdom from the Forbidden Journey
Magic and Mystery in Tibet
My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City
The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects.
About David-Neel:
Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel’s Journey to Lhasa. A children’s book by Don Brown. 2002.
The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel: A Biography of the Explorer of Tibet and Its Forbidden Practices. By Barbara Foster.

Davidson, Robyn. Australian. (1950– )
Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback [with camels]. 1995.
From Alice to Ocean: Alone [except for visits by photographer Rick Smolan] across the Outback. 1992. Picture-book version of Tracks.
Desert Places: A Woman’s Odyssey with Wanderers of the Indian Desert. 1997.

De Blasi, Marlena.
A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance.
A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure

Dewoskin, Rachel.
Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China. 2006.

Didion, Joan. American. (1934– )
Salvador. 1983.
Miami. 1987.
Where I Was From [California]. 2003.
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. 2006.

Dietrich, Amalie. (1821–1891)
The Hard Road: The Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist. By Charitas Bischoff. 1931.

Dinesin, Isak. Pen name of Karin Blixen.

Diski, Jenny. British. (1947– )
Nothing Natural. 1986.
Rainforest 1987.
Like Mother. 1988.
Then Again.1990.
Happily Ever After. 1991.
Monkey’s Uncle. 1994.
The Vanishing Princess [short stories]. 1995.
The Dream Mistress. 1996.
Skating to Antarctica. 1997.
Don’t [essays]. 1998.
Only Human: A Comedy. 2000.
A View from the Bed (2003) (essays)
After These Things (2004)
On Trying to Keep Still (2006)
Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking around America without Interruptions. [Autobiography] 2002.

Dixie, Florence Caroline Douglas, Lady. Scottish. (1857–1905). The Lady Florence Dixie Hotel is in Puerto Natales, Chile.
Across Patagonia: A Victorian Equestrian Adventure. 1881.

Drier, Katherine Sophie. (1877–1952)
Five Months in the Argentine from a Woman’s Point of View. 1920.

Drinkwater, Carol. British. (1948– )
The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France. 2001.
The Olive Season.
The Olive Harvest.
The Illustrated Olive Farm.
The Olive Route: A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean. Coming in 2007.

Duff, Diana.
Leaves from the Fig Tree [East Africa?]. 2003.

Durham, Mary Edith. British. (1863–1944)
Through the Lands of the Serb. 1904.
The Burden of the Balkans. 1905.
High Albania. 1909.
The Struggle for Scutari. 1914.
Twenty Years of Balkan Tangle. 1920.
The Sarajevo Crime.1925.
Some Tribal Origins, Laws and Customs of the Balkans. 1928.
Albania and the Albanians: Selected Articles and Letters, 1903-1944. Edited by Betjullah Destani. 2001.

Eastlake, Lady Elizabeth Rigby. British. (1809–1893)
A Residence on the Shores of the Baltic. 1841.
Letters from the Shores of the Baltic. 1842.
Lady Travellers. 1845.
Livonian Tales. 1846.

Eberhardt, Isabelle. Swiss. (1877–1904). Traveled as a man, Si Mahmoud Essadi. Died in Algerian flash flood at age 27.
Algerian News. 1905.
In the Shadow of Islam. 1906.
The Oblivion Seekers [translated from the French by Paul Bowles].
The Day Labourers.
Prisoner of Dunes.
Departures: Selected Writings.
About Eberhardt:
The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt. Translated by Nina de Voogd.
Isabelle: The Life of Isabelle Eberhardt. By Annette Kobak.
Australian-French bio-pic “Isabelle Eberhardt,” starring Matilda May, was made in 1990.

Edwards, Alice B. (1831–1892)
Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys [of the Dolomites]. 1873.
A Thousand Miles up the Nile. 1877. 1996.
About Edwards:
Alice B. Edwards: Traveller, Novelist, Egyptologist. By Joan Rees

Egan, Kerry. American.
Fumbling: A Journey of Love, Adventure, and Renewal on the Camino de Santiago. 2006.

Ehrlich, Gretel. American.
The Solace of Open Spaces [Wyoming]. 1984.
Heart Mountain. 1989. Made into a documentary in 1998.
A Match to the Heart: One Woman’s Story of Being Struck by Lightning. 1994.
Questions of Heaven: The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist. 1994.
Yellowstone: Land of Fire and Ice. 1995.
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland. 2002.
The Future of Ice: A Journey into Cold.
Island, the Universe, Home.

Eickelman, Christine.
Women and Community in Oman.

Erdman, Sarah.
Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village [in Côte d’Ivoire]. 2003.

Evans, Polly.
It’s Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels. 2006.

Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. American. (1931?– )
In Search of Islamic Feminism: One Woman’s Global Journey.
Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village.
A View of the Nile. 1970.
A Street in Marrakech. 1998.

Fisher, Mary Kennedy Francis (M.F.K.). American. (1908–1992)
Aix-en-Provence.
Long Age in France: The Years in Dijon [1929–1932]. 1991.
Map of Another Town: A Memoir of Provence. 1964.
Two Towns in Provence. 1983.
A Considerable Town [Marseille].
About Fisher:
M.F.K. Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship. By Jeannette Ferrary. 1998.

Forbes, Joan “Rosita.” (1890–1967)
The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara [Libya]. 1921.
Adventure: Being a Gypsy Salad: Some Incidents, Excitements and Impressions of Twelve Highly-Seasoned Years. 1923.
From Red Sea to Blue Nile: Abyssinian Adventures. 1925.
Gypsy in the Sun [autobiography]. 1944.

Forman, Gayle. (1970?– )
You Can’t Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World. 2005.
Fortescue, Lady Winifred. (1888–1951)
Perfume from Provence. 1935.
Sunset House.
There’s Rosemary, There’s Rue. 1939.
Trampled Lilies. 1941.

Foss, Rene.
Around the World in a Bad Mood!: Confessions of a Flight Attendant. 2002.

Fraser, Laura.
An Italian Affair.

French-Sheldon, Mary “May.” American. (1847–1936)
Sultan to Sultan: Adventures among the Masai and Other Tribes of East Africa. 1892.
About French-Sheldon:
White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity.
By Tracey Jean Boisseau. 2004.

Fountaine, Margaret. (1882–1940) Collected butterflies in 60 countries.
Love among the Butterflies. 1980.
Butterflies and Late Loves: Further Adventures of a Victorian Lady. 1986.
About Fountaine:
Wild and Fearless: The Life of Margaret Fountaine. By Peter Owen. 2006.

Funder, Anna.
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall.

Gable, Sally. (1939– )
Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House. Written with Carl I. Gable. 2005.

Gallmann, Kuki. Italian.
I Dreamed of Africa [Kenya]. 1992. Made into a 2000 movie starring Kim Basinger.

Gaunt, Mary Eliza Bakewell. Australian. (1861–1942)
Alone in West Africa. (fiction) 1912.
A Woman in China. 1914.
A Broken Journey. 1919.
Where the Twain Meet. 1922.
Reflections in Jamaica. 1932.

Gellhorn, Martha. American. (1908–1998)
What Mad Pursuit. 1934.
The Trouble I’ve Seen. 1936.
A Stricken Field [set in Prague]. 1940.
The Heart of Another [Spanish Civil War].
The Wine of Astonishment. 1948. Republished in 1989 as Point of No Return.
The Face of War. 1959.
The Lowest Trees Have Tops. 1967.
Travels with Myself and Another [Ernest Hemingway]: A Memoir. 1978.
The Weather in Africa. 1984.
The View from the Ground. 1988.
About Gellhorn:
Martha Gellhorn: A Life. By Caroline Moorhead. 2003.

Gelman, Rita Golden.
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World. 2001.

Genia [one name]. American.
Single in Saudi. Nurse works two years in Saudi Arabia in 1970s.

Gershman, Suzy.
C’est la Vie: An American Conquers the City of Light, Begins a New Life, and Becomes—Zut Alors!a—Almost French. 2004.

Gilbert, Elizabeth. American. (1969– )
Broken Spears: A Maasai Journey. 2003.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia. 2006.

Goa, Karen. New Zealander.
Bitten by the Bullet: Motorcycle Adventures in India. Written with Steve Kryzstyniak. 2002.

Gordon, Luci Duff,
Letters from Egypt, 1883–1865. 1865.

Gordon-Cumming, Constance. Scottish. (1837–1924)
At Home in Fiji. 1881.
A Lady’s Cruise on a French Man-of-War. 1882.
Fire Fountains: The Kingdom of Hawaii. 1883.
In the Hebrides. 1883.
Granite Crags of California. 1888.
In the Himalayas and on the Indian Plains. 1884.
Notes on Ceylon. 1889.
Notes on China and its Missions. 1889.
Memories [autobiography]. 1904.

Gough, Laurie. Canadian. (1970?– )
Island of the Human Heart
Kiss the Sunset Pig.
Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey.

Gray, Patience
Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia. 2001.

Gregory, Morna.
Toilets of the World. 2006.

Griest, Stephanie Elizondo.
Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana. 2004.

Grissman, Carla
Dinner of Herbs. 2001.

Hadley, Leila.
Give Me the World. 1958. Travels with her six-year-old son Kippy.

Hahn, Jennifer.
Spirited Waters: Soloing South through the Inside Passage. 2001.

Halliday, Ayun
No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. 2003. Stephen Colbert liked it.
A Sarong in My Backpack: Adventures from Munich to Pushkar. 2006.

Harrison, Kathryn.
The Road to Santiago. Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 2003.

Hawes, Annie.
Extra Virgin: A Young Girl Discovers the Italian Riviera Where Every Month Is Enchanted.

Henner, Eloise.
Letters from Afghanistan [when a teacher in the 1970s]. 2003.

Hobson, Charlotte.
Black Earth City: When Russian Ran Wild. 2003.

Hofmann, Corinne.
The White Masai. 2006.
Back from Africa.
Reunion in Barsaloi. 2006.

Holton, Patricia. British.
Mother without a Mask: A Westerner’s Story of Her Arab Family [in the UAE in the 1960s].

Hopkins, Anne.
Sticks & Wires & Cloth. Travels around U.S. in a biplane. 2003.

Hunt, Linda Lawrence.
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk across Victorian America. Estby and her 18-year-old daughter walk from Spokane to New York City in 1896. 2003.

Hunt, Shally.
The Sea on Our Left. Couple travels throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. 2000.

Innes, Martha. British.
Getting to Manaña [life in southern Spain].

Irvine, Lucy. British. (1956– )
Castaway [in Papua New Guinea]. Made into a movie starring Oliver Reed in 1986.
Faraway.
Runaway [Solomon Islands].

Jacobs, Fay I.
As I Lay Frying: A Rehoboth Beach Memoir. 2004.

James, Kelly.
Dancing with the Witchdoctor: One Woman’s Stories of Mystery and Adventure in Africa. 2001.

James, Winifred Lewellin. Australian. (1876–1941)
The Mulberry Tree.1913.
A Woman in the Wilderness. 1915.
Out of the Shadows. 1924.
Gangways and Corridors. 1936.

Jamie, Kathleen. Scottish. (1962– )
The Autonomous Region: Poems and Photographs of Tibet.
Among Muslims: Everyday Life on the Frontiers of Pakistan. 2002.
Golden Peak: Travels in Northern Pakistan.
Findings. Coming in 2007.

Jayapal, Pramila.
Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland.

Johnson, Osa.
Four Years in Paradise [Kenya].

Jones, Ann.
Looking for Lovedu: A Woman’s Journey through Africa. 2002.

Jung, Anees. Indian.
Unveiling India.1987. Journalist returns to India after studying abroad.
Seven Sisters: Among the Women of South Asia. 1994.

Kelley, Susie. British.
Best Foot Forward: From La Rochelle to Lake Geneva—the Misadventures of an Englishwoman. 2003.
Two Steps Backward: The Misadventures of an Englishwoman in France. 2004.
A Perfect Circle: A 10,000-Kilometer Journey around France. 2006.

Kincaid, Jamaica.
Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya. 2005.

Kingsley, Mary Henrietta. British. (1862–1900)
(not to be confused with the American romance novelist Mary Kingsley)
The Development of Dodos. 1896.
Travels in West Africa. 1895.
About Kingsley:
Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa. A children’s book by Don Brown. 2000.
A Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley. By Katherine Frank. 2006.

Kirk, Martha. American.
Green Sands: My Five Years in the Saudi Desert. 1994.

Kirkland, Carolina.
Some African Highways. 1908.

Kistner, Alzada.
An Affair with Africa. 1960–1972 in Belgian Congo.

Kuegler, Sabine (1972?– )
Jungle Child [memoir of childhood in Papua New Guinea]. 2005.

Lamb, Christina.
Sewing Circles of Heart: A Personal Voyage through Afghanistan. 2002.
The Africa House: The True Story of an English Gentleman and His African Dream. Stewart Gore Browne in northern Rhodesia in the 1900s. 2004.

Larkin, Emma.
Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Tea Shop(UK)
Finding George Orwell in Burma (US)

Lee, Elaine.
Go Girl! The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure.

Lee, Kathleen.
Before the Afterlife.

Lenard, Yvone.
The Magic of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France. 2000.

Lessing, Doris May Tayler. (Born in Iran 1919– )
Going Home. 1957.
African Stories. 1964.
African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe. 1992.

Li, Leslie.
Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes. 2005.

Liftin, Hilary.
Dear Exile: The Story of a Friendship Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean. Letters between friends in Kenya and New York. 1999.

Livingston, Carol.
Gecko Tales: A Journey through Cambodia. 1997.

Loomis, Susan Herrmann.
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town. 2001.

Lycett-Green, Candida. British. (1942– )
England: Travels through an Unwrecked Landscape (with Rudolph Steiner). 1996.
Over the Hills and Far Away. 2002.
The Dangerous Edge of Things. 2006.

Lyon, Nancy. American.
Scatter the Mud! [Irish slang for rough travel]: A Traveller’s Medley.

Macauley, Emilie Rose. British. (1881–1958)
The Towers of Trebizond [Turkey]. 1956.
The World My Wilderness. 1987.
About Macauley:
Rose Macauley. 1972. By Constance Babington Smith.
Rose Macauley: A Writer’s Life. 1991. By Jane Emery.

MacDonald, Sarah. Australian.
Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure.

Mahoney, Rosemary.
The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground. 2003.

Maillart, Ella. Swiss (1903–1997)
Parmi le Jeunnesse Russe: De Moscou au Caucase. 1932.
Turkestan Solo: A Journey through Central Asia. 1934.
Forbidden Journey: From Peking to Cashmir. 1937.
The Cruel Way [through Afghanistan to Iran] 1947.
Gypsy Afloat. 1942.
Cruises and Caravans. 1950.
Ti-Puss (Maillart’s cat, set in south India]. 1950.
The Land of the Sherpas. 1951.

McNeil, Jean. Canadian. (1968– ) Writer for Rough Guides.
Hunting Down Home [fiction, set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia]. 1999.
Nights in a Foreign Country.
Private View [about London].
Interpreter of Silences [Cape Breton]. 2006.

Maggio, Theresa. American.
Matanza: Love and Death in the Sea of Sicily [tuna fishing]. 2001.
The Stone Boudoir: Travels through the Hidden Villages of Italy. 2002.

Mannin, Ethel Edith. British. (1900–1984)
South to Samarkand. 1936.
Connemara Journal. 1947.
Bavarian Story. 1948.
German Journey. 1948.
Jungle Journey: 7000 Miles through India and Pakistan. 1950.
Moroccan Mosaic. 1953.
Land of the Crested Lion: A Journey through Modern Burma. 1955.
The Country of the Sea: Some Wanderings in Brittany. 1957.
The Flowery Sword: Travels in Japan. 1960.
With Will Adams through Japan.1962.
A Lance for the Arabs: A Middle East Journey.1963.
Road to Beersheba. 1963.
Aspects of Egypt: Some Travels in the United Arab Republic. 1964.
Lovely Land: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.1965.
An American Journey. 1967.
Bitter Babylon.1968.
England at Large. 1970.
England My Adventure. 1972.
Mission to Beirut. 1973.
Stories from My Life. 1973.
An Italian Journey. 1974.
Confessions and Impressions [autobiography]. 1930.
Privileged Spectator: Autobiography. 1939.
Brief Voices: A Writer’s Story [autobiography]. 1959.
Sunset over Dartmoor: A Final Chapter of Autobiography. 1977.

Marble, Joan. American. (1923?– 2004)
Notes from an Italian Garden. 2001.
Notes from a Roman Terrace.

Markham, Beryl Clutterbuck. Kenyan. (1902–1986) First person to fly Atlantic east to west alone in 1936 (Lindbergh’s west-to-east flight was in 1927), Karin Blixen’s neighbor, WWTN author rumored to be written by her husband or Blixen
West with the Night. 1942.
About Markham:
Straight On Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham. By Mary Lovell. 1987.
The Lives of Beryl Markham. By Errol Trzebinski. 1993.

Marsden, Kate. British. (1859–1931) Founded St. Francis Leprosy Guild.
Riding through Siberia: A Mounted Medical Mission in 1891. 2005.

Mayes, Frances. American. (1940– )
Under the Tuscan Sun. 1997. Made into a movie starring Diane Lane in 2003.
Bella Tuscany. 2000.
In Tuscany. 2000.
A Year in the World. 2006.

Mayo, C. M.
Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico.
Sky over El Nido.

McCarthy, Mary. American. (1912–1989)
Stones of Florence.1963.
Venice Observed.

Mead, Margaret. American. (1901–1978)
Coming of Age in Samoa. 1928.
Growing Up in New Guinea. 1930.
Letters from the Field 1925–1975. 2001.
New Lives for Old: Cultural Transformation in Manus [New Guinea], 1928–1953. 1956.
About Mead:
Margaret Mead and Samoa. By Derek Freeman. 1983.
Margaret Mead: Human Nature and the Power of Culture [Smithsonian Exhibition]

Mehta, Gita. Indian.
Karma Cola. 1979. A look at Westerners and Indians.

Meredith, Louisa Anne. Australian.
Some of My Bush Friends in Tasmania. 1860.
Over the Straits. 1861.
Tasmanian Friends and Foes, Feathered, Furred and Finned. 1880
Last Series, Bush Friends in Tasmania. 1891.

Miller, Judith.
God Has Ninety-Nine Names : Reporting from a Militant Middle East. 1997.

Mittelbach, Margaret.
Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger. Written with Michael Crewdson. 2005.

Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley.
Letters of the Right Honorable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Written During Her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &C. in Different Parts of Europe. 1762.
About Montagu:
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Her Times. 1907.

Montgomery, Sy.
Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest.
The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans

Morrell, Abby Jane. (1809– )
Narrative of a Voyage to the Ethiopic and South Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Chinese Sea, North and South Pacific Ocean, in the Years 1829, 1830, 1831. 1833.

Morris, Holly.
Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine. 2005.

Morris, Jan (nee James Morris). American. (1926– )
The Matter of Wales: Epic Views of a Small Country. 1985.
Hong Kong. 1990.
The World of Venice. 1991.
Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. 2001.
A Writer’s House in Wales. 2001.
Over the Bridge: An Australian Journey.
The Oxford Book of Oxford. 2002.
Coast to Coast: A Journey through 1950s America. 2002.
The World: Life and Travel 1950–2000. 2005.
Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj. 2005.

Morris, Mary
Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Travelling Alone. 1998.

Mulder, Monique.
I’ve Been Here Far Too Long: Field Study Fiascoes and Expedition Disasters. 1996.

Muller, Karin. American.
Hitchhiking Vietnam: A Woman’s Solo Journey in an Elusive Land
Inca Road: A Woman’s Journey into an Ancient Empire
Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa .

Murphy, Dervla. Irish. (1931– )
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle. 1965.
Tibetan Foothold. 1966.
The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal. 1967.
In Ethiopia with a Mule. 1968.
On a Shoestring to Coorg: An Experience of South India. 1969.
Where the Indus Is Young: A Winter in Baltistan. 1977.
A Place Apart. 1978.
Ireland, Orbus. 1985.
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru. 1986.
Tales from Two Cities: Travels of Another Sort. 1987.
Cameroon with Egbert. 1990.
Muddling through in Madagascar. 1991.
The Ukimwi Road: from Kenya to Zimbabwe. 1985.
Transylvania and Beyond. 1993.
Visiting Rwanda. 1998.
South from the Limpopo: Travels through South Africa. 1999.
One Foot in Laos. 2001.
Through the Embers of Chaos: Balkan Journeys. 2003.
Through Siberia by Accident. 2005.
Wheels within Wheels [autobiography]. 1979.

Murra, Jan. American.
CastOff: True Adventures and Ordeals of an American Family on a French Farm. 2001.

Murray, Amelia Matilda. (1795–1884)
Letters from the United States, Cuba, and Canada. 1856.

Nicholson, Eleanor.
In the Footsteps of the Camel: A Portrait of the Bedouins of Eastern Saudi Arabia in Mid Century. 1984.
Through the Lion Gate: An American Woman Challenges the Traditions of a Veiled Society and Discovers a Daughter. 2003.
About Nicholson:
Through the Lion Gate: How a Hollywood Spirit Discovered Saudi Arabia. By Al-Ayyam Al-Jamilah. 2004.

North, Marianne. (1830–1890)
Recollections of a Happy Life [in Africa], Being the Autobiography of Marianne North. 1893.

Orlean, Susan. American. (1955– )
Red Sox and Bluefish: And Other Things That Make New England New England. 1987.
My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere. 2004.

O’Shaughnessy, Edith. (1870–1939)
A Diplomat’s Wife in Mexico. 1916.
Diplomatic Days. 1917.
My Lorraine Journal [Alsace-Lorraine]. 1918.
Alsace in Rust and Gold. 1920.
Intimate Pages of Mexican History.
Other Ways and Other Flesh [Lichtenstein]. 1929.
Viennese Medley. 1927.

Osler, Mirabel. British.
The Elusive Truffle: Travels in Search of the Legendary Food of France

Padel, Ruth.
Tigers in Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers. 2006.

Paine, Caroline. (1820?–1890?)
Tent to Harem: Notes of an Oriental Trip [Egypt to Turkey, 1850–51]. 1859.

Paine, Sheila
The Afghan Amulet: Travels from the Hindu Kush. 2006.
The Golden Horde: From the Himalaya to the Mediterranean. 2006.

Peck, Annie Smith. American. (1850–1935)
The South American Tour. 1913.
Flying over South America: Twenty Thousand Miles by Air. 1932.
About Peck:
Annie Smith Peck: Queen of the Climbers. By Marilyn Mangus. 1997.

Pitt-Kethley, Fiona. British. (1954– )
Journeys to the Underworld. 1991.
The Pan Principle. 1994.
Red Light Districts of the World. 2000.

Ramsey, Alice Huyler. (1864–1933) First woman to drive across continental US.
Alice’s Drive.
About Ramsey:
Alice Ramsey’s Great Adventure. A children’s book by Don Brown. 2000.

Reichel, Ruth. American.
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table. 1998.
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table [in New York, China, France, and L.A.]. 2001.

Rochefort, Harriet Welty. American.
French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French. 1998.

Roden, Claudia. Egyptian.
The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. 1968. Useful as reference for Middle Eastern culture.

Ross, Violet Martin. Irish. (1862–1933) Co-wrote with Edith Denone Somerville.
An Irish Cousin. 1889.
In the Vine Country. 1893.
Through Connemara in a Governess Cart. 1893.

Ruete, Emilie, Princess Salme of Zanzibar and Oman. Zanzibari. (1844–1924)
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar. 1886, 1907.

Scroggins, Deborah.
Emma’s War: Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan. 2002. Nicole Kidman to star as Emma McCune in upcoming movie.

Shah, Saira . British.
Storyteller’s Daughter [British-Afghani woman travels in Afghanistan]. 2003.

Salak, Kira. American.
Four Corners: One Woman’s Solo Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea [in the steps of Ivan Champion]. 2001.
Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu [in the steps of Mungo Park]. 2004.

Savage, Barbara.
Miles from Nowhere: A Round-the-World Bicycle Adventure.

Seacole, Mary. Jamaican.
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands. 1857. Autobiography.

Seierstad, Asne. Norwegian (1970– )
The Bookseller of Kabul. 2003.
A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal. 2005.
With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia. 2006.

Settle, Mary Lee.
Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place. 1991.

Shaffer, Tanya.
Somebody’s Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa. 2003.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. British (1797–1851)
History of a Six-Weeks’ Tour through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland. 1817.
Rambles in Germany and Italy. 1844.

Sherwood, Jura Macle. American.
In the Shadow of the Mosque: Tales of Saudi Arabia. 2005.

Simeti, Mary Taylor. (1941- )
On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal. 1995.
Pomp and Sustenance: Twenty-five Centuries of Sicilian Food.
Travels with a Medieval Queen. 2001.

Smith, Julia Llewell.
Traveling on the Edge: Journeys in the footsteps of Graham Greene. 2003.

Stablein, Marilyn.
Monkfish Memoirs #1: Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir. 2003.

Stanhope, Lady Hester. British. (1776–1839)
Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope. 1845.
Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope. 1846.
About Stanhope:
Lady Hester Stanhope. By Virginia Childs. 1990.

Stark, Freya Madeleine. British. (1894–1993) Buried in Arabian robes in Asolo, Italy.
Alexander’s Path. 1990.
Baghdad Sketches [in 1920s]. 1996.
Rome on the Euphrates.
The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhremaut [Yemen]. 1936.
Letters from Syria. 1942.
Riding to the Tigris. 1959.
The Valley of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels [in 1930s]. 2001.
A Winter in Arabia. 2002.
About Stark:
Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark. By Jane Fletcher Geniesse.1999.

Steinbach, Alice. American.
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman. 2000.
Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman. 2004.

Stevenson, Helen
Instructions for Visitors [in France]: Life and Love in a French Town.

Stopes, Marie Carmichael. British. (1880–1958) Founded Mothers’ Clinic for Birth Control.
A Journal from Japan: A Daily Record of Life as Seen by a Scientist. 1910.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. American. (1811–1896)
Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands. 1854.

Strong, Anna Louise. American. (1885–1970) Supported communist movements worldwide.
The Road to the Grey Pamir [present-day Tadjikistan]
Inside North Korea: An Eyewitness Account
Lithuania’s New Way . . . and many other reports on conditions in communist societies
About Strong:
Right in Her Soul: The Life of Anna Louise Strong. By Tracy Strong and Helene Keyssar. 1983.

Tattlin, Isadora.
Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana. 2003.

Thomas, Rosie.
Border Crossing on the Road from Peking. 1999.

Thompson, Joyce.
Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu: A Woman’s Adventurous Search for Family, Spirit, and Love. 2003.

Traill, Catherine Parr Strickland. (1802–1899)
Pearls and Pebbles; or, Notes of an Old Naturalist. 1894.

Tree, Isabella. British. (1964– )
The Bird Man: The Extraordinary Story of John Gould. 1991.
Islands in the Clouds: Travels in the Highlands of New Guinea
Sliced Iguana: Travels in Mexico. 2001.

Tristan, Flora. (1803–1844)
Mémoires et pérégrinations d’une paria. 1838.

Turnbull, Sarah. Australian.
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris. 2004.

Vanderhoof, Ann.
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude. 2004.

Von Arnim, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden.
The Solitary Summer.

Warmbrunn, Erika.
Where the Pavement Ends: One woman’s Bicycle Trip through Mongolia, China & Vietnam. 2001.

Watkins Nan.
East toward Dawn: A Woman’s Solo Journey around the World. 2002.

Waugh, Louisa.
Hearing Birds Fly: A Year in a Mongolian Village. 2003.
Selling Olga: Stories of Human Trafficking and Resistance. 2006.

Wearing, Alison. Canadian. (1967– )
Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey [with gay man posing as honeymooners]. 2001.

Weideger, Paula. American.
Venetian Dreaming. 2002.

West, Rebecca. [pen name (from an Ibsen play) of Cicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews] British.
(1892–1983)
Survivors in Mexico. 2003.
The Sentinel.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon [about Serbia]. 1942.
A Train of Powder [Nurnberg Nazi trials]. 1955.
The Birds Fall Down [Russian Revolution]. 1966.
About West:
H.G. Wells and Rebecca West. By G.N. Ray. 1974.
Rebecca Wes. By Motley F. Deakinn. 1980.
Rebecca West. By V. Glendinning. 1987.
Rebecca West: A Life. By Carl E. Rollyson. 1996.
Travel Writing as Autobiography: Rebecca West’s Journey of Self-Discovery. By Vesna Goldworthy. 2000.
Paradoxical Feminism: The Novels of Rebecca West. By Ann V. Norton. 2000.
Rebecca West: Heroism, Rebellion, and the Female Epic. By Bernard Schweizer. 2002.

Wheeler, Sara
Travels in a Thin Country: Journey through Chile. 1995.
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica. 1997.
Also:
Cherry: A Life of Cherry Apsley-Garrard [of Scott’s Antarctic expedition]. 2005.
Too Close to the Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Fynch Hatton. 2006.

Wilde-Menozzi, Walli.
Mother Tongue: An American Life in Italy.

Wong, Jan. Canadian. (1953– )
Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now. 1997.
Jan Wong’s China. 2000.

Woolson, Constance Fenimore. American. (1840–1894)
Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches. 1875.
Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches. 1880.
The Front Yard and Other Italian Stories. 1895.
Cairo in 1890. 1917

Workman, Fanny Bullock. (1859–1925)
Algerian Memories: A Bicycle Tour Over the Atlas to the Sahara. 1895.
Through Town and Jungle: Fourteen Thousand Miles A-Wheel among the Temples and People of the Indian Plain. 1904.
Two Summers in the Ice-Wilds of Eastern Karakoram: the Exploration of Nineteen Hundred Square Miles of Mountain and Glacier. 1917.
The Ice World of Himalaya: the Peaks and Passes of Ladahk, Nubra Suru and Baltistan. 1994.

Wright, Irene Aloha. American. (1879–1953?)
English Voyages to the Spanish Main, Volumes 1–3.
Cuba. 1910.

Wright, Lili.
Learning to Float: The Journey of a Woman, a Dog, and Just Enough Men [Maine to Key West]. 2002.

Zeppa, Jamie. Canadian. (1964– )
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan. 1999.

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