There’s nothing I love more than travelling. I love exploring new places, learning about new cultures, and trying new things. As much as I love Melbourne and adore spending days in my favourite cafes around the city, there’s always that desire to hop in the TARDIS and go and see new sights. Which is why I’m about to head off on a tour of Eastern Europe!
I haven’t been to Europe before, and I’m really excited to go to places like Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. So to get in the mood, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite YA books that make me feel like jumping on a plane with nothing more than a backpack of clothes and my passport and heading off to see the world!
I absolutely adore this series, and it undoubtably gives me urge to drop everything and hop on a plane to London. Preferably Red London, but I’ll take what I can get. I want to meet Lila at the Stone’s Throw, spot Kell in his dazzling red coat… Holland could even kill me in London and I’d say thank you. I’m lucky enough to have been to London a few years ago, and it truly is a place like no other. Forever wishing I could just say As Travars and appear on the banks of the Thames.
This novel may as well be a travel guide for Europe, including what to do and what not to do. It also includes what to do if you’re being robbed by highwaymen and how to make friends with pirates. Ya know. The essentials. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about Monty and Percy and this masterpiece of a novel. It honestly has everything I love—queer characters, m/m romance, a badass bookish sister, and oh so much debauchery. Oh, and when the narrator of the audiobook says the words “steady on, darling”, my heart skips a beat. It’s just adorable!
If there’s any book that convinced me I need to road-trip across America, it’s this one. I love Morgan Matson’s novels, but this is one that fills me with wanderlust like no other. There’s a swoon-worthy romance, great road trip playlists, and so many adorable moments. If you’re in the market for a cute summery contemporary, you should definitely pick up a copy of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour.
I’m all the heart-eye emojis for this novel. I mean, it’s basically just about eating gelato in Italy, so I’m 100% here for that. Although it does also deal with themes of grief and family, what I loved most about it was the relationships the protagonist formed with new people in a place she’d never been before—and all the food, of course. This book made me crave ice cream like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. It was simply delightful!
This book was so much fun! I absolutely adored the gorgeous European backdrop to this romance and the mentions of Paris, but what made this book for me (and stole my heart) was the relationship between Allyson and Willem. Shakespeare, swoon-worthy love, and sister-like friendships are what you can expect in this stunner of a novel. I absolutely loved this duology!
What books fill you with wanderlust? Are you much of a traveller? Have you read any of these ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!