Backpacking Europe? Read These Books Before You Go.

This brash memoir mimics the migratory path of most backpackers—Shukert tears though a whole bunch of countries, but her story really hits her stride when she stays in one place for more than just a drive-by. (In Shukert’s case, she ends up temporarily living in Amsterdam with Dutch friends). Her shameless misadventures and often un-sexy sexcapades are told with the forthcoming, laugh-aloud humor of an endearing, but foul-mouthed smart-ass friend.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

In solid, unflinching prose, Hemingway gives us the unofficial manual on “How To Be An Expat.” Set in the 1920s, much of the Lost Generation’s traveling style can be replicated today: eat, drink, and be discontent – in Paris and Pamplona. Jake tells his buddies, “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another,” but we can’t fault these world-weary social-alcoholics for trying – not when it’s so damn entertaining to read about.

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