‘WORLD OF WANDERLUST’ | BOOK REVIEW

‘WORLD OF WANDERLUST’ | BOOK REVIEW

I’ve been following Brooke Saward and her World of Wanderlust blog for around a year now. Her success as a travel blogger and the content she posts is fascinating to me. So when I heard that Brooke would be releasing a book, I needed to own a copy ASAP. As an avid reader from a young age and a lover of travel, the book ‘World of Wanderlust’ appealed to me on so many levels; but being the cheap skate that I sometimes am, I decided to make it evidently obvious to my family that this book was something that I NEEDED this Christmas. I staked out the wait, and Santa was good to me as I got it delivered under that obnoxious December tree. I finished it by the end of Boxing Day…

Overall, this was an excellent book made up of six parts (or chapters), but there were some aspects that didn’t appeal to myself and probably won’t appeal to the average reader- not many though, just some; and this is why I’d like to review this book chapter-by-chapter. Spoilers ahead. 

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Chapter One – The Basics
This chapter starts out with the ‘10 Travel Commandments‘. These commandments give an easy intro to the ideals this book holds, and, in three words, are inspirational, fitting and essential. Another section of this chapter that I found totally relatable was the ‘Common Traveller Types’ section and the ‘Digital Nomads’ section; I feel like the digital nomad personality type is something that definitely needed to be acknowledged in a world fuelled by social media and the Internet culture.

One part of this chapter that I found debatable and a little bias was the ‘Unsaid Rules of a Roadtrip’ section. I’ve had my fair share of road trips in my lifetime what with my family and I going on a road trip almost every year since I was six, and I disagreed with some of the ‘rules’ Brooke laid out. For example; “The front-seat passenger is in charge of the music. However, the driver can request an unlimited number of song changes”– in my opinion, music is everyone’s forte.

Although, the whole ‘Living Abroad’ section of this chapter really interested me as it is something that I am looking into. It gives a massive amount of information about expat life from someone who has experienced it first hand.

Chapter Two – Places you Must Visit in Your Lifetime
This chapter listed five places that Brooke recommends visiting in your lifetime. If you’re a avid lover of the big city life, these places will appeal to you. Most destinations listed included an illustrated, simplified map, a list of must-see landmarks, a language survival kit, information on food for all those travel foodies, and lists of neighbourhoods to wander. One thing I would have liked to read about was more secluded places away from the big cities; even if it’s only one recommendation. In conclusion, this chapter is so interesting and provides excellent insight into local life whilst travelling.

Chapter Three – See it with your own eyes
This chapter comprises of two parts: wonders of the world and landscapes. My favourite section would have to be Landscapes as I am a sucker for anything nature that simply looks ‘pretty’. It was nice to be able to read about and find out more about landscapes in countries that I may not have even considered visiting.

Chapter Four – Travel Tips 
This is by far the longest and most helpful chapter of World of Wanderlust. Two sections that appealed to me on a spiritual level were ‘The Secret to Learning a New Language’ and ‘How to Take Better Travel Photos’. The ‘Secret to Learning a New Language’ section appealed to me because I am currently teaching myself French; it helped solidify everything that I am currently doing, and provided more tips to help me improve.

One section of this chapter that I thought didn’t belong was the ‘No-Diet Travel Diet’ section. This page kind of defeated the purpose of not being on a diet whilst travelling. The first couple of sentences emphasised trying everything, but then went on to explain that you should avoid deep-fried and limit sugar; it’s contradictory, and whilst it may be helpful to some people, the page just didn’t make sense to me.

The ‘How to Take Better Travel Photos’ section gave some excellent pointers about lighting, angles, equipment and shooting different types of scenery’s in order to help create better travel photos that will last a lifetime and be the basis of so many amazing memories.

Chapter Five – How to Escape
I really enjoyed the ‘How to Make the Most out of Life’ section as it put everything into perspective for me and kind of helped me realise more of my hopes and dreams more vividly. This chapter also places emphasis on a variety of different cultures and how you can re-create aspects from these in your own home; from British culture to Mexican Culture.

Chapter Six – Wanderlust Directory
The book ends with a nice little summary of places that may be of interest to the reader. These include Bars, Theatres, Coffee Shops and more, with the addresses and websites to accompany them.

Book Design and Photography
The size, pages and density of the book make for it to be easily compacted and read over a period of 1-3 days. But the one thing that I love the most about this book is the graphic design and illustration elements and the photographic elements. Brooke is an amazing photographer- check out her Instagram account to see what I mean (@worldwanderlust)- and the photographs from the book are easily recognisable and related to the one’s she posts on social media. Brooke has her own aesthetic when it comes to travel photography, and the brightness, colourfulness and angles are something that I admire. As a former design student, I also appreciate the watercolour theme she has applied to the design of the book, as well as the typography used. This book is reflective of Brooke’s social media aesthetic.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved it so much that I read it in one day. It is super insightful and easy on the eye; if you are a lover of photo books, this book will probably do it for you too. Brooke offers great advice to novice and experienced travellers by providing insights into her present-day life and past-day life. If there is a book that I recommend to anyone who has even the slightest interest in travel, it is this one. It gets a 8/10 from Rac!

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4 Comments

  1. January 8, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I’ve been curious about this book for a long time! I’m digging the thorough recap!

    • January 8, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      It’s a great book Paige! Definitely worth the read. thanks for reading!

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