what to read while traveling alone

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Travel Tales: O books editor Leigh Haber recommends three inspiring reads by women who journeyed far and wide.

Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone by Mary Morris: "Morris's vivid stories of exploring Guatemalan highlands and Honduran jungles inspired me to take a trip to Mexico in my 20s—and sparked my love affair with Latin America."

West with the Night by Beryl Markham: "Markham, a glamorous pioneer who grew up in East Africa, dreamily chronicles her journey to become the first woman to successfully fly a plane solo across the Atlantic."

Wild by Cheryl Strayed: "Struggling with addiction and the death of her mother, Strayed hiked more than 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail to rediscover herself. I wish I had just a tenth of her resilience!"