Emily's Top 10 Books by Amazing Solo Female Travellers

Emily's Top 10 Books by Amazing Solo Female Travellers

Travel BloggerEmily Luxton

Emily Luxton is one of UK's leading travel bloggers, with a strong focus on solo female travel, adventure, and "deeper travel". Whether it's eating her way around a new culture, or throwing herself into a new challenge (and out of her comfort zone), Emily is all about really getting to know the w...

When I was sixteen years old, I checked a book out of the library that genuinely changed my life. The book was Kira Salak's The Cruellest Journey - the story of a woman who kayaked the length of the Niger river solo - and it was the book that first made me want to become a travel writer. 

A few weeks before, my grandad had given me a book by a male journalist about his travels in Africa. It was my first discovery of the travel writing genre and I was spellbound. I headed to the library in search of more, and checked out the only one I could see that had been written by a woman. Salak's story was a huge inspiration to me, and it set me on the road to where I am today, a full-time travel writer and blogger! 

Since that day, I've always tried to seek out travel books written by women, especially women who travel solo. From Victorian adventurers to contemporary women taking on the most unimaginably difficult long-distance journeys, this list contains a few of my favourites.

  • Last updated: 08-04-2021
Table of Contents

Emily Luxton's mybest

Kira SalakThe Cruellest Journey: 600 Miles By Canoe To The Legendary City Of Timbuktu


Cheryl StrayedWild: A Journey from Lost to Found


Dervla MurphyFull Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle


Freya StarkThe Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels


Nellie BlyAround the World in Seventy-Two Days: And Other Writings


Noo Saro-WiwaLooking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria


Karen BlixenOut of Africa


Robyn DavidsonTracks


Isabella Lucy BirdUnbeaten Tracks in Japan


Kristin NewmanWhat I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir


Emily Luxton's mybest Summary

Some of the journeys mentioned in this list might sound a little bit impractical or inaccessible to more 'normal' travellers. But remember that a journey doesn't have to be a 1,700 mile trek or a 600 mile kayak for it to be an adventure

As long as you're pushing yourself out of your comfort zone just a little, trying new things, and testing your limits, you're on an adventure! And the books on this list truly capture the life-changing magic of adventure. I hope these awesome books by kick-ass solo female travel writers help inspire your own travels!

Popular Item Lists

Popular Creators

Popular Posts

  • 10 Best Wedding Planners UK 2022 | Busy B, John Lewis and More
    10 Best Wedding Planners UK 2022 | Busy B, John Lewis and More
    Congratulations, you're engaged! There are very few things in life more exciting than planning your wedding, but let's face it, there is always so much to think of. From dress shops to caterers, florists, and car hire, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of event organising. This is where a wedding planner is sure to help. And we don't mean a person running around with a headset, but rather a pretty book where you can store all the information you need. Wedding planners come in all shapes and sizes and can house notes, pockets for brochures, receipts, and even handy timetables to ensure everything is paid on time. With so many on offer, this article will guide you into choosing the right planner to help make your engagement and upcoming nuptials flow as smoothly as you always imagined. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your big day. 
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Witchcraft Books UK 2022 | Raymond Buckland, Juliet Diaz and More
    10 Best Witchcraft Books UK 2022 | Raymond Buckland, Juliet Diaz and More
    As we fly into the age of Aquarius, witches all around the world are awakening. In these times of female empowerment, feminism and living in tune with nature, witchcraft, and the religion Wicca, are most definitely making a comeback - something that's remarkably fitting as these are all topics that sit close to a witch's heart.Whether you're a beginner witch or a fully-fledged high priestess, there are countless books to draw knowledge from. In this article, we explore the mystical storylines of witchy fiction, as well as empowering and educational books on the many facets of a witchy life including Green Witchcraft, Tarot, Divination and much more. Need some inspiration? We've ranked the top 10 best in the UK available on Amazon. Let's fly Witches!
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Pregnancy Books UK 2022 | Rebecca Schiller, Emily Oster and More
    10 Best Pregnancy Books UK 2022 | Rebecca Schiller, Emily Oster and More
    If you are expecting a baby, you will want to read as much as you can to help you from bump to birthing pool with as little stress as possible. Whether you're a first-time mum or you're gearing up to welcome your second child, it can't hurt to be well informed.We have drawn together a lovely selection including pregnancy nutrition cookbooks, memory journals, hynobirthing, pregnancy manuals for first time dads and day-by-day guides for your nine months with a bun in the oven. We've linked our favourite publications from best selling writers like Rebecca Schiller, Emily Oster and Heidi Murkoff, all available for purchase in the UK on budget-friendly sites like eBay and Amazon.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best JavaScript Books UK 2022 | Beginner to Advanced With Illustrations and Examples
    10 Best JavaScript Books UK 2022 | Beginner to Advanced With Illustrations and Examples
    If you’re looking to get yourself immersed in the world of programming and computer sciences, you’re going to come across the language JavaScript all the time. JavaScript is a program used to run web browsers, servers, databases, videogames and even when building robots. Yes, we said robots. It can be a daunting task to try and learn JavaScript alone, but with the right book for beginners, you'll be coding in no time. When choosing a book to learn JavaScript the options can be endless. It’s really important to make the right choice so that you can learn easily and efficiently. In our buying guide, we’re going to look at some great titles from trusted authors and publishers such as Kyle Simpson, Ivelin Demirov & David Flanagan. We will cover all the levels, from beginner to advanced and hopefully, help you find a title on Amazon that’s perfect for your programming level.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Books About Climate Change UK 2022 | David Wallace, Greta Thunberg and More
    10 Best Books About Climate Change UK 2022 | David Wallace, Greta Thunberg and More
    With temperatures across the globe on the rise and catastrophic natural disasters echoing the future of earth's hostility to life, climate change - and its effect on the human race - is an important topic that everyone should explore. Our comprehensive list of books will help you find areas to concentrate on including the recorded history of global warming, sustainability, the climate crisis, and the politics surrounding them.Our top 10 book choices cover many options, from inspirational non-fiction books urging the population to think about the bigger picture by world-leading campaigners like Greta Thunberg and Naomi Klein to dystopian fiction from Paolo Bacigalupi, Saci Lloyd and many more. Each of these climate change reads will hopefully give you a good understanding of some of the often scary complexities of our changing world and climate. 
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Vegan Cookbooks UK 2022
    10 Best Vegan Cookbooks UK 2022
    Veganism is on the rise, and what better way to start your cruelty-free journey than with a new cookbook? Contrary to popular belief, plant-based recipes are just as flavourful as dishes containing meat or dairy, and they're super nutritious too! Vegan cooking can also encourage you to incorporate more fibre-filled vegetables and protein-rich beans into your diet, which can help if you're on a weight loss journey or health kick. With so many different vegan cookbooks available, you may need some guidance - especially if you're a beginner. We don't want you going hungry, so we've rustled up a list of our 10 favourites to buy at Amazon, WHSmith, and Waterstones, including bestsellers from Rachel Ama, Miguel Barclay, and Bosh. Whether you're looking to replicate Indian street food, bake delicious desserts, or conjure up some cheap eats on a student budget, we'll make it easy for you!
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Top 10 Best Korean Cookbooks in the UK 2021 (Maangchi, Our Korean Kitchen and More)
    Top 10 Best Korean Cookbooks in the UK 2021 (Maangchi, Our Korean Kitchen and More)
    We are massive fans of Korean food and since you've clicked on this article, we're guessing you are too! Whether you're a kimchi queen, a bibimbap beginner or somewhere in between, in this article we share tips on how to find the best Korean cookbooks for your home kitchen.Below you'll discover the top ten Korean cookbooks in the UK; from authentic flavours to contemporary treats, these books are packed with delicious Korean recipes and are all available on Amazon and eBay. We've found vegetarian Korean food, mouthwatering paleo picks and even the perfect guide to a tasty Korean bbq. Bab meokja!
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Search by Category