As a traveler, do you ever have the perpetual desire to continue exploring the world? Wanting – no, NEEDING – to take in as much as the world has to offer? Ever get that feeling that people around you — family and friends — just don’t seem to get it? Elisabeth Eaves explores all of these feelings, desires and more in her travel memoir, Wanderlust-A Love Affair with Five Continents.
Elisabeth catches the travel bug at a young age, initially with a family relocation to Spain, which is then reignited when she goes on a school trip to London. Along with her craving to take in foreign cultures and landscapes, she documents her numerous love affairs. She demonstrates how her relationships with different men affect her in such a way that she is either able to explore a foreign land with them or feels that she has to run away to a new land and far from the only semblance of stability in her life.
As with many wanderers who challenge the status quo of simply going to college, getting a job, buying a house, getting married and living a standard life; Elisabeth too embraces a life of adventure, exploration and instability. She often uses any excuse she can to get back on the road to explore new lands (or even in some cases, open waters). Her destinations not only present depictions of her adventures in new lands, but these travels coincide with love affairs that stick with her (at least in her memory) long after she’s left.
There were certain parts in Wanderlust-A Love Affair with Five Continents that I did find myself resenting the author’s inability to stay put, but at the same time felt that I could completely relate. Moreso, what bothered me was her blatant destruction of relationships. However, her sense of adventure and exploration of foreign lands kept me reading. I literally couldn’t put this book down and did something I haven’t done in a long time – finished reading it (a 300pg book) in one weekend. It reignited all my excitement for upcoming travels – especially since she does spend a fair bit of time in New Zealand and Australia – two places I have both been to on multiple occasions and where I plan on returning in the near future.
Go pick up Wanderlust-A Love Affair with Five Continents – it’s got all the travel memoir goodness with bits of juicy love affair stories mixed in. Even if you’re not particularly interested in knowing about one young woman’s travels to places like Yemen – it’s very insightful and is chalk full of good tips. As well, 20-something travelers who are trying to find themselves and figure out who they are supposed to be will get a bit of solace knowing that they are not alone and their feelings are the same types of feelings that other 20-something travelers have been feeling for years. Pick up Wanderlust-A Love Affair with Five Continents, you won’t regret it!