8 Books that inspired me into Expat Life

8 books for expat life

8 books for expat life

Here are 8 books for Expat life, settled my heart, and inspired my mind. These books have overlapping themes: the bravery to step out and follow the passions of one’s heart. The travel spark has grown into a full blown flame within myself. Look at my comprehensive list on Goodreads.com


1.The Lost girls: Three friends, four continents, one unconventional detour around the world:This was my first introduction to long term travel among girlfriends. It was enlightening because these three women were my age (upper 20s), career oriented, and in relationships, yet were fully independent. I relate personally to their life situations and can understand the fear of leaving everything behind, things that you have worked all your precious 20s for. I admire their drive to find work while on the road and proved it to be possible.

2. What I was doing while you were breeding: Kristin is more promiscuous than I, when on the road, but nonetheless inspiring. I most loved her attitude towards travel being used as an escape from the constraints of “reality”. She shows readers that it is acceptable to be true to yourself on the road if not also in your day-to-day life. We are choosing to postpone parenthood and put travel first. This has been guilt-inducing based on society’s expectations in the Southeastern USA. Kristin brought these adventurers much comfort on that front. I mean the title by itself, come on!

3.Eat, Pray, Love: My first travel book to have bought and read. I read it after I fell in love with the movie. (you can’t deny Julia Roberts). After a messy divorce and the realization of not wanting children, Liz Gilbert traveled for 4 months between 3 countries. I learned that travel is self-transformation at its raw and primal core. I yearned to find myself while learning a foreign language.

EXTRA: Check out The Broke Backpacker’s guide to 50 books to read when traveling!

4.Under the Tuscan Sun: Francis Mayes is one of my favorite travel writers. Our upbringings mirror one another’s in many aspects. She is a southern gal from Georgia, USA, who didn’t begin traveling abroad until she was 25 yro. She made me feel that I can write my own travel memoir someday. I also understand her love for Italy wholeheartedly as I call it my “adopted” country. During our time in Cortona, Italy, we found Bramasole. (the house she purchased on her first trip to Italy and in which the story is written)

5.Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents: Elisabeth Eaves paints the picture of female solo travel. She fearlessly pounces from one continent to the next, taking in all that each place had to offer. To travel more simply is a big goal of mine. Luxury travel has never once appealed to me. Elisabeth shows you how to best live like a local.

6.Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail: Although another “breakup solo journey” story, it is inspiring all the same. To attempt the Pacific Crest Trail without prior training seems ludacris. Cheryl ventured forward because her desire to complete the PCT was stronger than the doubts. I take strength from her story as we approach expat life. The naysayers may limit our conversation at dinner, but they will not douse our spirits.

7.Last train to Paris: I am a nonfiction, self-bio, history nerd type of reader. However, the mix of fiction and historical fact made this an alluring read. I was in the story from page one as it was set in my favorite eras. (30-40s) I watched WWII take place in Germany and France. It reminds me of how far these countries have come since those devastating years and how far the USA still must go.

8. Originals: Adam Grant is a motivator super star. I finished this book in 1 week, despite my busy schedule. The blogging world is still new to me but with Grant’s tips on “thinking outside the box”, my creative side is activated. There has been a re-awakening of my inner child. I’m free to be an engineer and inventor once more.

If 8 Books for expat life wasn’t enough, here is list of 45 of the best travel books that inspire wanderlust, in case your thirst is not yet quenched!

Be well and travel often!

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Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an excerise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


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  3. Great suggestions. I’ve read quite a few. I recently acquired Under the Tuscan Sun at a used book store, so I really have to get to reading it.

    1. Maegan says:

      One of my all time faves!

  4. Nina says:

    Last Train to Paris sounds like a fascinating book, I need to try and find it.

  5. Omg!!! Yes!! I love live love this list. I have read some of these but my absokute fave is what I was doing while you were breeding. That cracks me up. You’re the best!!

    1. Maegan says:

      I LOVED that one! I’ve read some good ones this year too and will put together a list at the end of the year as a round up post!

  6. Lauren says:

    I wish I’d written “What I was doing while you were breeding,” it’s essentially the SOML minus the find a nice guy happy ending bit. But alas, maybe that means the story’s not over yet…
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    1. Maegan says:

      I can relate to so many of these books and would love to write a memoir someday!

  7. Stephanie says:

    So happy to read this post 🙂 I love travel books and have read 4 of these, but I am always looking for more to add to my list to read. I really like the suggestion of “the last train to paris” because I love historical fictions! I will have to check this one out. Thanks! xx

    1. Maegan says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I have so many to add to my next list!

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