Need inspiration for your next adventure?

Travel & Leisure selected classic books by intrepid female travelers to help jump-start a road trip. The following five take us to Africa, Australia, France, to war – and of course, to the best of America. Enjoy!

Travels with Myself and Another, by Martha Gellhorn: the glamorous war reporter (and former wife of Ernest Hemingway) recalls her adventurous life.

West with the Night, by Beryl Markham: a poetic memoir by one of the first female bush pilots in East Africa in the early 20th century.

Tracks, by Robyn Davidson: at the age of 27, Davidson treks across 1,700 miles of Australia’s outback with only four camels and a dog.

America Day by Day, by Simone de Beauvior: the French existentialist journeys across 1940’s America, from New York’s literary salons to the Grand Canyon.

The Gastronomical Me, by M. F. K. Fisher: these essays – as much about place as they are about food – trace Fisher’s evolution from provincial Californian to worldly gourmand in pre-World War II France.