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.
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.
First quarter of the book definitely has her good and adventurous travel experiences. The part where she decides to go to Australia, i should have stopped listening.
From then on, same pattern continues, she would go to different countries, find a western boyfriend, do whatever activities he does, get close with him, move away, find another bf, confused, wander, breakups, and the list goes on. I really do not think she gained anything from her travel experiences. In her own words, "she is addicted to double life" , not necessarily cheat on the current bf but have feelings and longing for a different one.
Once in a while she reminds the reader how many countries she has visited, I was rolling my eyes. I am usually not this critical, and i usually do not write a review. But this is so bad that I had to write a review.
I would have appreciated her story if she made an attempt to see the world she was traveling, all she saw was men and relationships. She barely talks abt locals and their culture.
I bought this book interested in her travel experiences. It is much more about her sleeping her way across the world and explaining her complete inability to keep a commitment to a romantic partner or extend any loyalty to anyone she "loves". Should be titled "How to be a Player on 5 continents".
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Amongst the travel memoirs, it ranks very high. I like that the author is a modern, intelligent woman not directed by the need to be "traditionally" the dumb woman.
Many. I liked the scenes in Paris and New Guinea in particular. Also, her descriptions of Seattle resonated with me.
Soothing to listen.
No, it did not make me cry. It stoked my own wanderlust and love of travel.
Great to read a book like this by a woman who is not constrained by notions of hearth and children. Also, that she is intelligent. A rarity in most American published books written by woman. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful read.
"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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