2017 INDIES Book of the Year Finalist in Travel (Foreword Reviews)

The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11

True Stories from Around the World

Edited by Lavinia Spalding

Introducing Volume 11 of the award-winning anthology, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, published by Travelers’ Tales. The 31 true travel stories in this year’s collection are, as always, wildly diverse in theme and location—they are compelling and complicated, poignant and scary, exciting and irreverent, adventurous and quiet, beautiful and hilarious, romantic and solitary, heartwarming and heartbreaking. They tell of places like California and Cuba, Switzerland and Singapore, Iran and Iceland, Montana and Mexico and Mongolia and Mali, our own back yards and some of the farthest, most extreme corners of the world. They are the personal stories we can't help but collect when we travel, stories of reaching out to embrace the unfamiliar and creating cross-cultural connections while learning more about ourselves as human beings.

In The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11, you'll:

-- go scuba diving with sharks in Palau

-- cook for Syrian refugees in Greece

-- be the first American to play pro basketball in the Czech Republic

-- anger a nun in Ethiopia

-- go whitewater rafting on the Nile in Uganda.

-- help slaughter a pig in Hungary

-- realize your limits of filial piety in Singapore

-- seek healing at the hands of a witchdoctor in Mexico

-- feast on rancid food in Iceland

-- avoid hypothermia by spooning in Mongolia

-- fall in love in Nepal

... and much, much more.

“In story after story, the refreshing absence of bluster and bravado, coupled with the optimism necessary for bold travel, create a unifying narrative that testifies to the personal value and cultural import of leaving the perceived safety of home and setting out into the wider world.””

The New York Times

Read the introduction

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” –Miriam Beard