Don’t let September be a time for bitter ends to the summer but an opportunity to reflect on our future adventures.

It’s September…and summer vacation has come to an end, the kids are back to school and we’ve all begun to settle back into our work lives. We’ve traded chilled drinks by the pool for hot coffee at our desk, spontaneous picnics in the park with planned pre-packed lunches and our wanderlust has begun to fade.

Here are a three light-hearted travel books bound to end your September blues and make you hungry for your next adventure.


1. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure

Journalist Sarah MacDonald recounts her experience of moving back to India with her boyfriend despite previously vowing not too. MacDonald describes her moments of culture shock through humour and a dash of realness and brings together amazing insights into the uniqueness of Indian culture. In the end, she finds a new appreciation for India making this the perfect read for anyone wishing to venture into a country much different from their own.


2. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Public Radio correspondant Eric Weiner takes you on his quest to find the happiest place in the world. Weiner travels from Iceland to Qatar to understand how each country defines and pursues happiness. Although he never finds the happiest place, his journey makes for the perfect light-hearted read and moment of introspection into how we each see our own happiness.


3. Cruising Altitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet

As travelers, we all wonder what happens behind the scenes of our flight. Flight attendant Heather Poole spills all in this lighthearted romp from crazy passengers to cabin gossip and reveals how hard it can sometimes be to hold a smile at 35,000 feet. Heather’s real life story will either leave you laughing at passages or embarassed that one of the subject’s could have been you.

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