The Most Popular LGBTQ+ Travel Memoirs

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Perhaps the best part of exploring the world is seeing how other people live and obtaining new points of view. And constantly seeking out new perspectives and new travel stories may be what inspires some to continue to travel, to unseen and repeat destinations. Whether you're currently on the road or planning your next big trip, dive into one of these travel memoirs by LGBTQ+ authors. Goodreads ranked the 10 most popular, below:

To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedidiah Jenkins

Travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins bicycles 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia, learning lessons about America, himself and and his childhood along the way.

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen

Queer trans author and reporter Samantha Allen makes readers, especially those prone to paying attention mostly to queerness on the liberal cosasts, reconsider stories from red states not often prominent in queer discussion.

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law

Australian Bajamin Law is a proud, married "gaysian" but he know his life would be totally different had be been raised in Asia, like his parents. He returns to the continent to make sense of life for fellow gayasians.

Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris

A multi-decade memoir told during a visit to this Adriatic city, this travelogue is an escape for anyone eager to spend some time on the Italian coast.

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World by Robyn Ochs,  Sarah E. Rowley 

This collection of writing by bisexuals from across the globe unites over 200 essays from over 40 countries.

Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn

A beach read set out in the idyllic yet debaucherous Hamptons, this novel-like memoir tells the story of Glynn finding himself while staying in a shared summer home in this late 20s.

East of Croydon: Blunderings through India and South East Asia by Sue Perkins

Yep, that's the same Sue Perkins as the comedian-slash-host of Great British Baking Show. Only in this memoir, she's discussing her voyages across Southeast Asia.

The Light Years: A Memoir by Chris Rush

Expelled from art school in the 1960s (you know where this is going), Chris Rush relocates to Tucson, Arizona and assumes a counterculture life.

Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown by Michael Cunningham 

The novelist of The Hours pens a different type of queer tale, this time a nonfiction look at Provincetown, the Cape Cod-adjacent beachtown that's lured in LGBTQ+ travelers for decades.

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

Part performance art, part true comedy, entertainment legend John Waters details his trip hitchhiking across the nation, because really, why not?

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Perhaps the best part of exploring the world is seeing how other people live and obtaining new points of view. And constantly seeking out new perspectives and new travel stories may be what inspires some to continue to travel, to unseen and repeat destinations. Whether you're currently on the road or planning your next big trip, dive into one of these travel memoirs by LGBTQ+ authors. Goodreads ranked the 10 most popular, below:

To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedidiah Jenkins

Travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins bicycles 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia, learning lessons about America, himself and and his childhood along the way.

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen

Queer trans author and reporter Samantha Allen makes readers, especially those prone to paying attention mostly to queerness on the liberal cosasts, reconsider stories from red states not often prominent in queer discussion.

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law

Australian Bajamin Law is a proud, married "gaysian" but he know his life would be totally different had be been raised in Asia, like his parents. He returns to the continent to make sense of life for fellow gayasians.

Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris

A multi-decade memoir told during a visit to this Adriatic city, this travelogue is an escape for anyone eager to spend some time on the Italian coast.

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World by Robyn Ochs,  Sarah E. Rowley 

This collection of writing by bisexuals from across the globe unites over 200 essays from over 40 countries.

Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn

A beach read set out in the idyllic yet debaucherous Hamptons, this novel-like memoir tells the story of Glynn finding himself while staying in a shared summer home in this late 20s.

East of Croydon: Blunderings through India and South East Asia by Sue Perkins

Yep, that's the same Sue Perkins as the comedian-slash-host of Great British Baking Show. Only in this memoir, she's discussing her voyages across Southeast Asia.

The Light Years: A Memoir by Chris Rush

Expelled from art school in the 1960s (you know where this is going), Chris Rush relocates to Tucson, Arizona and assumes a counterculture life.

Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown by Michael Cunningham 

The novelist of The Hours pens a different type of queer tale, this time a nonfiction look at Provincetown, the Cape Cod-adjacent beachtown that's lured in LGBTQ+ travelers for decades.

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

Part performance art, part true comedy, entertainment legend John Waters details his trip hitchhiking across the nation, because really, why not?

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