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Book Review – Vagabondess (a guide to solo female travel) by Toby Israel

I wrote this 5 star review for Chic Lit Café.

Vagabondess is, in my opinion, a must read for any would-be travelers.  Inspiring, exciting and considerably insightful, this guide is unlike any other you can buy.  Not a list of places you can visit, this is a conduit to ‘traveling mindset’ and is about lifestyle and perspective.  I found it totally uplifting.

If only I could have read this book when I was eighteen, maybe then I would have been brave enough to step out of my comfort zone and walk through France picking grapes.  Alas, that time for me has well gone, but the dream of those days was so vividly brought to life through reading this book, I wish, I wish, I wish.  I really can’t recommend this book high enough.  I am not about to go trekking across the world, but the words reached so deeply into me, I feel uplifted.  I can therefore say with sincere confidence, that this is more than a beginner’s guide to exploring the world.  There are immensely helpful lists such as: How to pack one bag for life; Money saving techniques and Taking care of your health, to name just three.  The chapter on safety is invaluable to women traveling solo.  Vagabondess however, is about attitude and beyond the traveling tips is the heart of Toby Israel.  Her manifesto is my favorite part, I can’t write it all here but let me share the beginning and the end of it:  Go out into the world and struggle… and remember to move through this world with grace.  Toby’s eternal optimism in human nature is breathtakingly refreshing, her thought process both inspiring and encouraging.     

This book is about embracing your vulnerability and following your heart and dreams.  It’s about listening to your instincts and living the life that’s calling to you… whether that’s traipsing the globe or just finding the right place for your forever home.  Toby Israel has gracefully written a wonderful, delightfully engaging guide to the mindset of a wanderer.  An absolute must have for anyone wishing to take that first step out of comfort into the unknown.  I highly recommend this invitation to go and explore your own path.

I know the kindle is $9.99, which is higher than I normally recommend, however, this isn’t a novel that you might read once and discard. This is a guide that you could dip into for years and years, I really believe it is worth the money.

Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not.  Happy reading everyone!

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