An Armchair Traveler’s Tour of The World

By Ciara N. Mealer



ot all of us have the leisure time, or the money, to be the true travelers we want to be. Sometimes life gets in the way, responsibilities win out, and unfortunately the trips of our dreams get left on the shelf. For those of you who, like me, dream of distant shores, quirky road side attractions, and the exhilaration of finding yourself in a totally new place, there is hope. There are many ways one can experience the wonders of travelling the world without ever leaving home. I love reading about rich, exciting, exotic, faraway places, so I’ve compiled a list of fifteen new, thrilling travel books. If you want to make your armchair travel experience extra authentic, look for photos and maps, listen to music of the region, visit a few foreign restaurants or try some of Kathy Patrick’s international recipes in this issue. Whether your summer includes plane tickets and passports or a comfortable spot to settle in with a good book, I hope you find a way to experience and connect with the world around you. Bon Voyage!
  1. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras
  2. At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider
  3. Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival by Jeffrey Gettleman
  4. The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World by Kim Dinan
  5. Dear Bob and Sue: One Couple’s Journey Through the National Parks by Matt and Karen Smith
  6. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small by Kath Stathers
  7. How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage by Jo Piazza
  8. The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan
  9. The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA by Doug Mack
  10. Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell
  11. Roadfood: An Eater’s Guide to More than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems Across America by Jane and Michael Stern
  12. All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter
  13. Novel Destinations: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon
  14. An Atlas of Countries that Don’t Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States by Nick Middleton
  15. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

Ciara N. Mealer is Senior Editor at NW Georgia Living Magazine, a writer, and floral designer. Her current abode is high upon a mountaintop in Cleveland, Ga. She is an avid naturalist, a voracious reader, an adventurous explorer, and a curious collector who loves quirky, odd, forgotten, and lost things. Contact her at

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