Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

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Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves?s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she loses herself?literally?to an Australian tour guide; in Cairo, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart, only to discover the beginning ...
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Overview


Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’s insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she loses herself—literally—to an Australian tour guide; in Cairo, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart, only to discover the beginning of a pattern that will characterize her life over the long-term: while long-distance relationships work well for her, traditional relationships do not.

Wanderlust, however, is more than a chronological conquest of men and countries: at its core, it’s a journey of self-discovery. In the course of her travels, Eaves finds herself and the sense of home she’s been lacking since childhood—and she sheds light on a growing culture of young women who have the freedom and inclination to define their own, increasingly global, lifestyles, unfettered by traditional roles and conventions of past generations of women.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[A] heady, headlong chronicle of a decade and a half spent adrift…"
The New York Times

"Eaves is searingly honest…"
—Editors' Choice, The New York Times

"Eaves, a travel writer, has an eye for detail and the worldly insight of fellow globe-trotter Pico Iyer."
ELLE Magazine

"Wanderlust celebrates the life-changing possibilities of the world around us and the rigors and riches of embracing them body and soul."
National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Kirkus Reviews

A youthful, meandering journey of self-discovery through travel and love.

From an early age, Eaves (Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power, 2002) considered travel to be liberation from home in Vancouver and romance with adventurous boys. As a young girl, she had lived with her family for a year in Valencia, Spain, where her father tookan academic sabbatical and she attended school; the experience proved a charming entrée into a larger world. Inspired by a crush shedeveloped as a teenagerand who wrote her as he traveled the world, she pursued a job as a nanny in Valencia during a summer between attending the University of Washington, Seattle, and enjoyed late nights at bars and moonlit motorcycle rides as a break from her constricted days caring for two Spanish children. Study abroad took her to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo, where she was often followed and harassed by hostile men. A college internship in Karachi sponsored by the U.S. State Department led to more travel in the Middle East, rather than a career as a diplomat. Fleeing a boyfriend and house she had settled in after college in Seattle, she roamed Malaysia and then Australia. Back in the States, a segue into Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs got her a job as a journalist in London, and a trip to South America on the way. Finally, there was Dominic, whose diplomatic career took him, and her, to Paris, where she was stifled by the city's "insufferable correctness." In short, the author was plagued by her wanderlust, finding in most relationships a chronic unhappiness. Settling down with one man, she notes, would mean "banning myself from ever seeing another country"—something she recognizes with clear-eyed conviction she could never do.

Detailed chronicle of exploits that grow tiresome and blasé, reflecting the author's own weariness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580053112
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 483,315
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Elisabeth Eaves is the author of Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping, and her travel essays have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing, The Best Women's Travel Writing, and A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures from Around the World. Her writing has also appeared in numerous publications, including Forbes, Harper's, the New York Times, Slate, and the Wall Street Journal, and she holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. Born and raised in Vancouver, she lives in New York City.
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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    Honestly, I didn't even finish the book...and I have never NOT f

    Honestly, I didn't even finish the book...and I have never NOT finished a book. It just felt like something I would write. There was no depth and it just felt like a teenager was writing it. Not a recommended read.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    If you love to travel

    ... you MUST absolutely read this book!
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    The title of the book is not reflective of the content between t

    The title of the book is not reflective of the content between the covers. I purchased the book expecting to read about the author's insatiable desire to travel and explore the world coupled with her journey of self-discovery. Instead I got a book where once again a female author defines her self-worth and experiences based on the men (or lack of) in her life. I put the book down with the intent of never picking it up to finish it but I gave it the benefit of doubt in hopes that it would live up to its title. In my opinion, it did not.

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