If you are looking for some books to read when travelling, there isn't a more apt book than Girls Who Travel by Nicole Trilivas. Here's my review on this very entertaining read:
“There are many reasons women shouldn’t travel alone. But as foul-mouthed, sweet-toothed Kika Shores knows, there are many more reasons why they should. After all, most women want a lot more out of life than just having fun. Kika, for one, wants to experience the world.
But ever since she returned from her yearlong backpacking tour, she’s been steeped in misery, battling rush hour with all the other suits. Getting back on the road is all she wants. So when she’s offered a nanny job in London – the land of Cadbury Cream Eggs – she’s happy at the prospect of going back overseas and getting paid for it. But as she’s about to discover, the most exhilarating adventures can happen when you stay in one place…”
It’s been a long time since I found a book that I love. Thank goodness for Nicole Trilivas, and Girls Who Travel. Witty, inspiring and with a few twists, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to put this book down.
The story is mainly set in London (with a few scenes on the Amalfi Coast). Having just returned from a long backpacking trip, Kika Shores finds herself doing a job that she doesn’t like in order to be able to travel again. All she wants is to get back out into the wide world.
From the first scene, I found myself being drawn into the story, and instantly liking the foul-mouthed American girl. Through the whole book Kika’s likeable personality shines through and the way that the author portrays her makes her feel as though she is one of your friends.
Being a traveller myself made me relate with how she was feeling being back home after 12 months of independent travel. Especially after you have met someone on the road and dream of meeting them again. I could understand her desire to see Lochlon again, and her itchy feet.
The book takes you on Kika’s journey and shows you how life can work out even when it looks as though everything is against you. I love the way she changes throughout the book and shifts into a new version of herself as things which once mattered to her no longer do.
You discover how she adjusts to living in a different country and exactly what happens with her Irish lover.
Who is this book for?
Girls Who Travel is for anyone who has returned from a solo trip and is contemplating the next step of their life, anyone who has ever moved and lived abroad, and for anyone who understands how much of personal transformation travel can really be.
This is Nicole Trilivas’ debut novel and I for one can’t wait for her second.
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