If you follow me on Twitter or Goodreads you may remember that I read this book once. Back in January. And by read, I mean listened to the audiobook on Audible. And I loved it.

Over all, I really enjoyed this book and it sparked my desire to read more travelogues (and push through my aching legs at the gym to finish a chapter). This book got a lot of flack on Goodreads reviews for being very self-involved and “sexual.” Once reviewer says, “This book is all about this woman’s sexual conquest on five continents-and nothing more.” I will admit, this book does discuss some sexual happenings in the life of a young woman traveling the world for a large portion of her life. If anyone tries to tell me that sexual experiences do not contribute to your personal growth and journey, you are clearly lying, naive, or both.

Yes, the main character is, in fact, self-involved in the book, but it’s a book about her growth, her journey, and her life. It doesn’t ever claim to be about other cultures or travel tips. It clearly states that it is “A Love Affair with Five Continents” and I think the book clearly shows Eaves’s love of the continents she visits and the act of traveling. This book is Elisabeth Eaves’s story of her own growth through travel. If it weren’t honest it wouldn’t be good.

I love the blunt, to the point, unashamed writing style. I love the honesty and the admittance of mistakes. I love that this book makes it abundantly clear that both good and back experiences change you, that life throws you beautiful, scary curveballs. And that living your life is okay. It’s okay and normal to regret decisions, wish things had gone differently in circumstances, be happy in the moment, and move on when things don’t work out, and you can do many of these things at the same time.

This book, to me, is not about travel, it is about life and growth.