Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

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Seal Press, May 24, 2011 - Travel - 304 pages
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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 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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Review: Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

User Review  - Kira - Goodreads

This book literally changed my life. I am not the same person for having picked up this book. It took me on a passionate, intense, personal journey and I feel so incredibly close to the author, as if ... Read full review

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User Review  - Camille Cusumano - Goodreads

Only those afflicted or blessed, as the case may be, with early onset wanderlust (and wonder lust) can fully appreciate the travels and adventures of the author. I'm happy that women are finally ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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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