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October reading list

My last-minute Kindle purchase has turned out to be a great thing. As a solo traveler, it’s nice to have a library of books to turn to during those inevitable moments of downtime…waiting for a bus, long train rides and hideous lines  (or ‘queues’ as they’re called in Europe) at tourist attractions. Especially since my phone only works when there’s WiFi, and really, I’d rather be reading a book than scrolling through Instagram.

Here’s what I’ve been reading on the road this month:

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

by Michael A. Singer



Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

by Rolf Potts


Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be

by Heather Ash Amara


An Echo in the Bone

by Diana Gabaldon


I can’t figure out how to watch Outlander Season 2 outside the US, so An Echo in the Bone is the perfect antidote to my travel-imposed droughtlander. If anybody knows, message me!


Become What you Are

by Alan Watts


This entry was posted in: Inspiration


Hello and welcome! I’m Gretchen, a twenty-something solo female traveler with a passion for adventure and telling stories that inspire. In 2016, I quit my job in the surf industry and set out to travel around the world. After nearly a year of wandering Europe, Asia and Australia, I drifted ashore in Santa Cruz, California. This blog is a collection of my words and photographs created along the journey. It’s meant to inspire you to travel the world or even just take a weekend to try something new in a place you’ve never been before. Follow my adventures on Instagram: @wildcompass

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