Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’ insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she loses herself - literally - to an Australian tour guide; in Cairo, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart, only to discover the beginning of a pattern that will characterize her life over the long-term: while long-distance relationships work well for her, traditional relationships do not.
Wanderlust, however, is more than a chronological conquest of men and countries: at its core, it’s a journey of self-discovery. In the course of her travels, Eaves finds herself and the sense of home she’s been lacking since childhoodand she sheds light on a growing culture of young women who have the freedom and inclination to define their own, increasingly global, lifestyles, unfettered by traditional roles and conventions of past generations of women.
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Elizabeth Eaves takes you all over the world in this very personal account of her love affair with travel. We see the world through her eyes, but we also see the phenomenon of who we become when we explore a new place alone.
"I traveled for love, and loved to travel, making it hard to disentangle cause from effect." Eaves's motivation is often love, or lust, and really, there is no "right" way to take a personal journey. She fell in love with who she became when she travelled, and the fulfillment she gained from her affairs along the way.
Unguarded and truthful, this audiobook helps reveal the siren's song of travel that's been calling all along. I'm ready to ditch my attachments and set out to find the world.
Life long student of life.
I was really interested in reading this story about a young woman who travels the world. It started out promising enough but midway through the story I was exhausted by the author's romantic and sexual missteps. Perhaps I'm a bit of a prude so my critique may be a bit harsh. I lost interest in her relationships and was more engaged in her adventures traveling all over the world. She covers a lot of terrain in countries that wouldn't be top destinations and forges interesting friendships and learns about local cultures first-hand. That part of her story is eye-opening and I admired her courage for exploring areas that sometimes were harsh in terms of climate, terrain or politically unstable.
This is my first review ever and I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks.
Thank you for such a wonderfully written book on traveling! Although I have not traveled abroad, it is my absolute dream and I plan to make it come true. Although I am 37 years old it still spoke to me. I actually cried when it was over!! The narrator was also a perfect match. Will definitely read again. Please write more books!! 😀
LOVED this book from start to finish! Great story that I can relate to closely. amazing description of the many places visited and cultures lived in. it was almost as if I was there too.
Loved hearing about the exotic places she traveled. connected with her desire to put herself in different and difficult situations in strange lands.. the rush of confidence of doing so.. also connected with some the self reflection moments and how she slowly figured out her life patterns and motivations.. there was also the sex, who doesn't like a little sex in a story, this one had just enough and not too descriptive so to let your imagination fill in the rest and not ronch up the story.. I enjoyed the journey from young teen unknowing much except she wanted to travel to the older mature women with all her scares and regrets but now much more self aware.. I will listen to it again sometime for sure!
I realize that the author's sexual exploits are part of the story, but I felt that it became redundant. Girl goes to new country. Girl meets guy. Girl has sex with guy until she decides she's tired of him. Girl moves on to new country and new guy. There's the story, in a nutshell.
Maybe it was the narrator, but I felt the story was cold. I also thought it would be more about her travels and the experiences she had in the various countries, not focused mainly on who she hooked up with along the way.
Please, no. Once was enough.
I finished the book because I paid for it and was hoping, in the end, it would somehow reconcile itself. It didn't.
Easy to listen to, hearing about different places and people around the world, but too graphic about love life. She is very adventurous, but very conflicted and impulsive. Almost done reading and not sure if she will change for the better...
She could have left out most of the details of her "love affairs".
No intentionally. Her voice is screechy and annoying.
Only the travel destinations and cultural descriptions were worth hearing about.
If you like to hear gossip and sex, you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, it is disappointing and boring.
I read many reviews saying that this story was focused too much on the sex, and that there was too much condescension from the author. And to a degree they were right, but my main issue is that it commits a much greater sin in that the majority of it is just plain boring. For having such a large quantity of life experiences in foreign lands, one would think she might have something a little more interesting to say about them other than the most shallow and obvious of observations, or else what guy she is trying to sleep with. One doesn't even get the sense that she genuinely even likes traveling, but rather that it is a great excuse to not have to face the realities of life, and a great way to sleep with people guilt free. Too many unimportant (at least in my own personal opinion) details are dwelt on endlessly, while many things that would start to pique my interest are glossed over almost as an after thought. Which is really too bad. As far as the sex stuff goes, I really didn't mind it too much, except when it seemed to take the focus to extremes, or else served to make me dislike the author as a person, and I give her credit for at least being honest about her affairs. Her diction was good, though there were several instances where I felt a metaphor was used that was completely non sensical, and one occasionally got the distinct impression that she went through the entire thing with a thesaurus without giving much thought to how the sentences actually flowed. If it weren't for the interesting, but brief, middle part of the story, it's very unlikely I would have finished. A lot of potential here, but sadly unrealized
Not likely. I find her outlook and ideas behind things to be quite uninteresting.
well enough, yes.
Very disappointing. I was expecting a travelogue. Instead, it chronicles a young woman's pathetic love life and how she lures men into relationships, calling it love, and then bails out, escaping commitment, leaving a trail of broken hearts. That's just the first half of the book, I couldn't tolerate listening any further. If you're looking for ways to hurt people, this book's for you.
I really enjoyed the honesty around this audio book. I thought that Elizabeth was very open and honest around what drove her decisions and her story which is rare it is as much a personal auto biography of her romantic life as travel journal. Too typically travel experiences are sugar coated Elizabeth. The story covers her experiences from early twenties and I think that her romantic history reflects that. This held my attention I enjoyed her reflection on wanderlust and travelling rather than the normal bragging of travel experience or immersion into a culture which becomes normal life. I like the dimension of perceptions of wanderlust maturing as she has.
"I loved it"
As a mid 30's single female traveller, I was able to easily identify with her stories and struggles, very easy to read, an open honest, easy to relate to style of writing! If you have wanderlust and are thinking about what's driving you or how long you will continue to live this way, its a comforting and enjoyable read!😻 ps. the 1st half will make you wanna go travelling so much!
I loved how the book was written. the Author didn't just write about her experiences in the different countries she visited on the different continents. There was a back story and a beautiful self discovery as she found herself at the end.
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