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Top 5 Books I Read While Traveling

This past year, I made a commitment to myself to read more often. I noticed that while I was working full time and building up my Fit By Britt business, reading had fallen to the wayside.


Before we headed off onto our adventure around the world, I made a commitment to myself to read more often. I figured that I would have more time to read as I leisurely traveled around the world!

In an attempt to be sustainable as well, I also committed to buying used books, donating finished books in whatever community I was in, and only buying books that I absolutely loved. I am proud to say that I stayed true to these commitments and now I wanted to share with you the top 5 books I enjoyed in 2019.


I would say that these books all had an overarching theme of self-discovery, finding your purpose, and inspiring adventure. Now, let’s get to the books!


1. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances May

A classic travel book that truly inspires following your dreams and desires…even if that dream is a bit crazy! This book is a memoir of the authors experience restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside and all the unexpected treasures they find and people they meet.


You will feel like you are transported to Italy when you read this book and will fall in love with the Italian cuisine, people, and lifestyle. You can find the book on Amazon here.


Bonus: Frances May includes Italian recipes that you can actually give a try.

Side Note: The book is different than the movie, so it is worth the read!


2. Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho is probably my favourite author. His book The Alchemist is a classic (if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it).


I feel like the Warrior of the Light was an extension of The Alchemist. Rather than a typical novel with a storyline, this book is filled with inspirational thoughts that invite us to live out our dreams, rise to our own uniqueness, and to embrace uncertainty. Good Reads website described this book best by saying “ Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. [The book] shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be.”


Buy the book on Amazon here.


3. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

Yup, I have two books by Paulo Coelho on this list because they were both so good! The life of Paulo Coelho is actually pretty fascinating, and this captivating book is a fascinating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago.


You learn that the extraordinary is found in the ordinary and that we are all following our own path of self-discovery. A beautiful book filled with so many great lessons.


Buy the book on Amazon here.


4. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Though it isn't travel related, this book truly showcases how talented and courageous Jodi Picoult is as a writer. Writing about a very controversial topic that is relevant to today’s current events, Jodi Picoult does a wonderful job at showcasing different perspectives and raising awareness on this sensitive issue, all within an engaging story about a hostage within a women’s reproductive center.


Whether you are Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, this book is an important book that both men and women should read which is why I added it to this list.


Note: There are A LOT of characters to keep track of, so sometimes the book can get a little confusing, but eventually you catch onto who is who. You can tell that Jodi Picoult did a ton of research for this book as I learned so much about the abortion rights of US Citizens in different states.


Buy the book on Amazon here.


5. With You By Bike: A Couple’s Life-Changing Journey Around The World by Katrina Rosen

I literally just finished this book and I loved it! Katrina is truly vulnerable in this book. Her writing is raw and honest as she shares the struggle of growing apart from your partner - a feeling many couples (married or not) experience.


Katrina and her husband Mike decided to bike around the world to escape their reality from home in an attempt to re-connect with each other and discover their true happiness. A journey filled with travel, adventure, forgiveness, and love, it was truly a joyful read. It has even inspired some future travel plans I now have for myself.


O, and the best part, this book is based on the real experiences Katrina and Mike, a Canadian couple, went through. Amazing!


Buy the book on Amazon here.


What was the best book you read in 2019 that I should add to my list in 2020?

Let me know below!